Existentialists: I Am Me, And You Are You Essay

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Existentialists: I Am Me, And You Are You

Existentialists: I Am Me, and You Are You


Existentialists view mankind as individuals whose unique past
experiences establish personal characteristics that set all of us apart. This
idea can be best expressed in an intuitive statement by a celebrated
individualist, Tarzan. "Me Tarzan, you Jane" is at the nucleus of the beliefs
of the existential atom. This seemingly simplistic statement relates to
existentialism by leading us to the idea of man's individualism, guiding us to
belief of existence before essence and ushering us to the notion of freedom of
choice. These three beliefs can then be related to the characters in the
existential writer Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit."
At first reading of this statement, one notices Tarzan's word choice. "
Me Tarzan, you Jane" implies that Tarzan and Jane are not one and the same.
Instead, they are two different people who lead very different lives. Tarzan,
the Ape Man, is by nature different than his newfound lady friend.
Existentialists would further this train of thought to say that since people are
always different, they can never be the same. They would then argue that every
person is an individual, not a copy from a predetermined mold. Jean-Paul Sartre
also portrays his characters as individuals, not carbon copies of each other.
Garcin, a soldier who went AWOL, certainly lived a different life than the baby-
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