• Enter the Mirror: A Critique of Yukio Mishima’s Patriotism

    August 7, 2019 by

    Yukio Mishima’s graphic depiction of ritual suicide, Patriotism: The Rite of Love and Death, serves as a testament to the banality of violence and the cessation of Fascist ideology in Nihilism.  The act of seppuku plays out as if it were in an Italian horror film.  Mishima’s own suicide four years later only adds to… Read more

  • This Machine: An Existential Analysis of Hamlet

    August 6, 2019 by

    Hamlet is a proto-Existential play.  The play’s lengthy deliberation upon suicide and murder calls into question the nature of madness and disinters what death does to thought.  Hamlet is confronted by the absurdity of the human condition which he capriciously avoids by taking solace in cynical philosophical pessimism.  His confrontation with the Absurd leads to… Read more

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