Double Entendre Essay

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Now that the three metamorphoses have been explained, let us fit this into Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Throughout the book, Zarathustra must learn a lesson from the world around him. He wants to help people, he wants to spread wisdom and understanding, but is held back not by the people that reject him but by himself. With all his apparent wisdom he is not wise enough to
convince anyone of anything. This can be interpreted as him being the camel. While he would like to unfold the truth of the world with those around him, has is still shackled to the same beliefs that the people around him have. He has only grown lonely and weary from the world and wants an excuse to regress back to society, ...view middle of the document...

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This process takes him in circles (pun intended) through understanding and abyssal folly. The heaviest weight is not easily shed and so he must endure through his confounding past and present in order to be free of gravity in the future. Even then, when he thinks he is free, it is only an illusion where the smoke eventually dissipates and the mirror breaks. This great and terrible process is the only way Zarathustra can overcome himself and begin a new spiritual awakening. Not in the sense of his eyes being open and being awake, but of his heart coming to terms with life and being free of the burden of resentment; that what is wonderful and what are horrid are both parts of life that must be appropriately endured with Amor Fati.
Zarathustra eventually begins to unburden himself of the traditional way of thinking and begins to take a real stance as the lion. He ventures deep into the darkness of humanity and endures another unfortunate lesson. That until he has been in the depths of emotional strife and overcome his own personal form of justice, he will never be free of his weary heart. He must surrender to his demons and discover that what he has held on to so dearly is of his own making. He has created his own disconnect with the world around him and once again, must overcome himself.
Eventually, after all that he has been through, he gives birth unto himself as the child. He frees himself from resentment of the past and by doing this, he frees himself from reverting back to that resentment in the future. He becomes free as a bird and a lover of fate and the now. He begins to see the world not as a projection of his own mind, but as it really is in the sense that it simply is and nothing more. Yet, still to the very end he has the urge to enlighten. Except this time, he is wise enough to know that it’s not when he is ready to teach others, it’s when others

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are ready to hear is message. He understands that people and the world are outside of him, and that if they and the world want to listen, he will share his voice that longs to speak.
While there are the obvious three metamorphoses throughout the book, there are also many smaller recurrences. There is a constant sway of the three spirits trying to gain balance. The will to power and eternal recurrence are always present among the occurrences and are explicably intertwined among them. They appear to complement each other very well as in the way the world works is not just a simple linear line from point A to point B. Life is messy unpredictable and full of contingency. Nietzsche puts all this together quite nicely.
Aside from the three metamorphoses Nietzsche seems to mockingly write Thus Spoke Zarathustra as a way of not only antagonizing concepts such as religion, but of incorporating his own “religion” so to speak. There seems to be an underlying truth that Nietzsche wishes to portray. By writing such a book in this way, he has sidestepped himself, giving...

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