Existential Heroism and Social Significance in Abe’s “The Woman in the Dunes”


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Existential Heroism and Social Significance in Abe’s "The Woman in the Dunes"
Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes presents readers with novel that, for all of its apparent lack of realism and absurdity, nonetheless resonates as being symbolic of a key problem of human existence: finding significance in a world that seems to deny the significance of our humanity. This essay will explore Abe’s novel as an existential fiction with particular reference to a key work of existential philosophy, Albert Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus. The thesis will be argued that the struggle of the man and woman in the sand pit in the novel must be understood in existential terms: as a struggle to find meaning in life and work that attempts to deny our...
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.....he attainment of an independence and a non-alienated existence with respect to his own labour.
Like Sisyphus, one must imagine Niki Jumpei happy.
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