PHILOSOPHY 208: EXISTENTIAL THEMES IN PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE ...
PHILOSOPHY 208: EXISTENTIAL THEMES IN PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE
J-P SARTRE 'NAUSEA'
You can either chose to do the following task on as an individual or as a pair. If you are an individual, please answer 3 of the following questions. If you are a pair, please answer 4 of the following questions. Make sure you answer each question in full and defend your responses with reference to the text. (We will be using the Lloyd Alexander translation of Nausea - New Directions, 2007).
1 (a) Make a list of those occasions in which Roquentin experiences Nausea. For each of these occasions, state why the nausea comes or goes. [The most famous of these occurs on pages 126- 135]. (b) With reference to the list, explain what - in your opinion - is the meaning and significance of Nausea in the novel?
2 (a) Make a list of the encounters of Roquentin with the Self-Taught Man, including a brief description of each encounter. [These include pages 4, 6, 28-30, 38, 75-77, 103, 160], (b) With reference to the list, how would you characterize Roquentin's attitude to the Self-Taught Men and why? How does it develop over time, and why?
3 (a) Make a list of all the times that the theme of adventures is discussed in the novel, including a description of the context. [These include pages 35-38, 56-57]. (b) What is an adventure, according to Roquentin? Why does he think he has never had any? Why does he so want them?
4 (a) Make a list of all those occasions where music features in the novel, including a brief description of the context. [These include pages 38, 176-8]. (b) What is it about music that so affects Roquentin and why does it play such a central role in the novel?
5 (a) Make a list of all Roquentin's encounters with Anny. [These include 6-7, 63, 153]. (b) How would you characterize his relationship with Anny? Why does Roquentin want to get back together with Anny and why does she reject this? How does this compare with other relationships he has in the book, such as with Francois - the patron of the Railwaymen's Rendezvous?
6. (a) Make a list of all the times that the Marquis de Rollebon features in the book. [These include 12-13, 94-103]. (b) Why does his history of de Rollebon matter to Roquentin? Why does Roquentin decide not to work on de Rollebon anymore? Can the Marquis de Rollebon be considered a character in the novel? Why or why not?
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