I knew I wanted to do my essay on something I could really get into. I have been into existentialism since I studied it partially in my film Alevel. ‘Fight Club’ the film was one that really stuck with me. I loved how it was both a comedy and a trgedy at the same time. We could either laugh at the abyss Tyler Durdens life had become or cry with him. I loved exploring people such as Nietzsche and seeing the correlation between his thoughts and beliefs and how the film incorporated them so naturally into the story line whether it be through, prop or cinematography.
“We’re consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra.”Scene 16. Jack/the Narrator and Tyler meet at Lou’s Tavern after Jack/the Narrator finds that his condominium has been destroyed.
I first started to look into existentialism as a whole to firstly make sure I understood the basic concepts. Looking firstly into essentialism from Plato and Aristotle and how it was then overturned by people like Neitzche and Sartre who questioning the very foundations of existentialism, believing we write our own paths rather than it being written for us. Moving us into Nietzches notion of ‘god is dead’ lacking any religious belief and moving into Nihilism and Camus ‘Absurdism’. When we as people realise we have no purpose and are basically absolute in the grand scheme of things. Our lives are basically meaningless.
I obviously wanted to focus all this into animations but as I began to learn and understand this information there was always one show that gripped me. It had all these ideas and more shown within nearly every episode. Rick and Morty was the only way I could take this as it lives and breathes existentialism, nihilism and absurdism…