Zarathustra's solitude : a paradoxical embrace of vitality, elevated irony, and isolation

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Joseph S. Romano (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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John Clifford

Abstract: This thesis examines Nietzsche’s philosophic narrative Thus Spoke Zarathustra. In my first chapter, I focus in on the language of solitude and loneliness as it pertains to Zarathustra’s narrated philosophic journey and various parables on the concept of solitude itself. I work linearly through the text examining how Zarathustra’s character development reflects a specific, critical style of intellectual “becoming” in the absence of metaphysical certainty. In the second chapter, I defend the necessity of a literary interpretation to unpack the language and rhetorical conventions that Nietzsche uses to convey Zarathustra’s complex development.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Nietzsche Friedrich Wilhelm 1844-1900. Also sprach Zarathustra. English
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900. Also sprach Zarathustra. English