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Nasea By Jean Paul Sartre Essay

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In Jean Paul Sartre’s 1938 novel, Nausea, the protagonist, Antoine Roquentin questions the existence and purpose of objects and himself. He ultimately discovers the answer to be nothingness for one creates their own meanings and connections to the past and reality. Roquentin is a victim of self-deception and through the narrative point of view and word choice conveyed, it is clear that he lies to himself that he must exist in the present to escape the meaningless past.
Roquentin speaks in the first person narrative, which conveys his attachment and curiosity about the link between time and existence. Furthermore, he questions then tells the audience what they should do, providing them with ...view middle of the document...

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Adventure is not caused by simply the events that are connected, rather the way in which they are put together. In Nausea, the word “time” is significant because it essentially holds together the pieces of the events. In other words, “…you suddenly feel that time is passing, that each instant leads to another, this one to another one…” (INTRODUCTION ) It is believed that the passing of these events results in “a flow of time” (INTRODUCTION ). “The flow of time” is not under one’s control and “this is the feeling of adventure.” (INTRODUCTION ) The word “adventure” is the opposite of how one perceives time to be. It implies that Roquentin is going to create his own time and adventure in the past or present. This is an example of self-deception because one feels this happening when it is not in reality. Roquentin is deceived by what time means and does after he realizes that it does not follow the instants of the time. From this, he discovers the adventure to be the “irreversibility of time.” (INTRODUCTION ) This conveys Roquentin’s self-deception because the adventure with the irreversibility of time is ultimately the unexpected twist and confusion in...

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