French Literature of Existentialism - Discussion 4 - 10.18.13 - Discussion for Nausea Langdon Hegedus Shirley Ni and Richa Rathore Hi Joseph Our group

French Literature of Existentialism - Discussion 4 - 10.18.13

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Discussion for “Nausea” Langdon Hegedus, Shirley Ni, and Richa Rathore Hi Joseph, Our group decided to do a discussion based presentation. We first will discuss the distinct changes (I believe Professor Durham mentioned 4 or 5 in lecture) that happen to Roquentin, and how those changes brought upon his nausea or define his nausea. We first want everyone to be on the same page and have a clear idea as to what changes Roquentin is going through and what exactly his nausea is. We hope to only talk for about 15 minutes on this topic. For the rest of the time we will discuss about art and the three media that each one of us should have chosen for the written response. We’ll explore how exactly art gives existence meaning, and Roquentin’s experiences/opinions on art. Below are some of the questions that we will ask if time allowed. The bulletin points are our answers to the question to help guide people along if they are not participating. We will try and not just lecture ourselves but help provoke discussion, the bulletin points are mainly just notes for us. Roquentin’s experience with nausea 1) Something changes in Roquentin. It’s not an external event, it’s something that happens in him. There’s a mystery to be unpacked as to what has changed, what would make Roquentin think so differently? What has changed? What do you guys thinks? There are 4 main dimensions of his experience of Nausea, can anyone name a few?
oThe essence an object has is given by people oThe doorknob didn’t wait for me, someone made itoWhen I experience that object it has a meaning, I give it a meaningoHowever I take for granted that meaningoFor Roquentin who losing the ability to give meaning struggles with daily objectsoHe feels a strangeness because the objects don’t obey their meaning anymore because to Roquentin the meaning is lost oThis ties into the third key point3rd aspect: Freedom and meaningo“Evidently, nothing new has happened, if you care to put it that way: this morning at 8:15, just as I was leaving the Hotel Printania to go to the library, I wanted to and could not pick up a paper lying on the ground. this is all and it

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