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1. Casablanca2. 3. 4. 5.

Camus writes in The Plague, "it may be shameful to be happy by oneself." This is the dilemma that the protagonist Rick faces in : pursue the love of his life or pursue the struggle for freedom and justice. Can love be selfish? How does Rick resolve this dilemma? And ultimately, does Rick's decision demonstrate an act of love?

According to Jean-Paul Sartre, "existence precedes essence." What does this statement reveal about his philosophy? And why does this philosophy emerge in the post-WW II era? 

In a conversation with Jean Tarrou, Dr. Rieux states, "But you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don't really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is in being a man" (255). How does this statement reflect Camus' view on the notion of heroism? What does this tell us about Camus' approach to questions of freedom, choice, and the nature of human existence? You may want to consider concepts of human knowledge versus divine knowledge/ human power versus divine power that emerge in the text.

Albert Camus writes: "Rebellion is the common ground on which every man bases his first values. I rebel—therefore we exist." How do you interpret this comment? How does it reflect Camus' thinking? And do you think the act of writing is an act of rebellion and resistance? How or how not? 

Gun control is a current issue that is dominating the press at the moment. Where do you think Sartre or Camus would stand on this issue? Make an Existentialist argument for or against gun control. How does individual freedom connect to this issue? You will be graded on the rigor of your argument, not on your political position. 

Existentialism Is a Humanism HUMAN 2
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