Nausea Analysis

“Nausea” is a work written in the mode of Existentialism by the famous philosophical writer Jean-Paul Sartre and published in 1938. The story doesn’t contain any especially dramatic events; the narrator mostly describes his feelings, the stream of his thoughts, attitudes to different things. It’s actually the classic plot for existentialistic style, as well as using the first-person narration: in some other way, the author would not have an opportunity to describe the protagonist’s inner world such in a vivid way.

The story doesn’t have any introduction “tricks” – the narrator uses just one short sentence for this “role”: “The best thing would be to write down events from day to day.” So the reader dives in the reality of this man immediately, without slow getting used to this character. And the emotions, feelings and points of view in the narrator’s mind changes one another so rapidly, that the reader just seems to follow this mind and always unsuccessfully try to catch it. Only in the end of the story Antoine “stops”. He seems to calm down. He arranges his thoughts and tames his Nausea.

At the first sight the story seems to be boring, without any action. But while reading it deeply, soberly, it opens many “wisdom” in psychological, sociological, philosophical aspects. No wonder Sartre received a Nobel Prize in 1964 for this book and others.

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