Existentialists: I Am Me, And You Are You



Existentialists view mankind as individuals whose unique past
experiences establish personal characteristics that set all of us apart. This
idea can be best expressed in an intuitive statement by a celebrated
individualist, Tarzan. “Me Tarzan, you Jane” is at the nucleus of the beliefs
of the existential atom. This seemingly simplistic statement relates to
existentialism by leading us to the idea of man's individualism, guiding us to
belief of existence before essence and ushering us to the notion of freedom of
choice. These three beliefs can then be related to the characters in the
existential writer Jean-Paul Sartre's “No Exit.”
At first reading of this statement, one notices ...

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characters as individuals, not carbon copies of each other.
Garcin, a soldier who went AWOL, certainly lived a different life than the baby-
killer Estelle.
These individualistic qualities lead to us by Tarzan's statement, now
guide us to the existential belief of existence before essence. This idea
consists of the belief that people are formed from their own unique past
experiences. Tarzan, a lonely boy who was raised by a pack of gorillas, has not
experienced the touch of mankind. His isolation from the world is completely
opposite from that of Jane's past. Jane, a women raised in the indulgence of
the modern day, has experienced many unique events that have made her what she
is. Jane can never know what is like to be Tarzan because she can never
experience what he has gone through. Likewise, Tarzan, the Ape Man, can never
experience what it is like to be Jane because he can never live through the
unique events of Jane's past. Sartre also gives us characters with very ...

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