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Nietzsche Essay

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An author writes to convey information to the reader. Frequently, it is important not only what the author says but also how and why he says it. For example, the famous philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, uses many different methods to reveal his messages to the reader. One of Nietzsche's major beliefs is that it is his purpose in life to aid the rest of mankind. One text where Nietzsche reveals this point is in the short story, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." In this story, Nietzsche writes about a man, Zarathustra, who at the age of thirty leaves his home to go live in the mountains in solitude. After ten years, something inside Zarathustra changes, and he feels that he has something to share with the world. Nietzsche uses many different methods throughout this writing to convey his message. He shows the reader the fairly obvious denotation of his writing, as well as employing the use of various literary techniques, such as diction, style, and rhetorical figures.First of all, Nietzsche's writing has its literal meaning. After living in the mountains for ten years, Zarathustra looks at the sun and says. "You great star [sun], what would your happiness be had you not those for whom you shine?" (121). Zarathustra believes that the sun is only "happy" or useful if other things are benefiting from its existence. Zarathustra then states, "For ten years you have climbed to my cave: you would have tired of your light and of the journey had it not been for me and my eagle and my serpent" (121). Here Nietzsche means that without something using the sun there is no reason for the sun to exist. The sun solely exists to satisfy the needs of other things. This process of satisfying others is what satisfies the sun. Next, Zarathustra comments, "Behold, I am weary of my wisdom, like the bee that has gathered too much honey; I need hands outstretched to receive it" (122). Nietzsche is telling the reader that the excess product that the bee makes has no value to the bee unless it is used by something else. Nietzsche plainly shows that entities only live to help satisfy other things. If Nietzsche gains knowledge about something, then it is his duty to share what he has learned with others.In addition to the literal meanings from the previously mentioned passages, Nietzsche's words have figurative importance as well. For example, in the quotations previously mentioned, Nietzsche gives human qualities to the sun. When he writes that the sun "climbs to his cave" and is able to get "tired," Nietzsche allows the sun to possess qualities that are enjoyed by mankind. This use of...

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