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Understanding Kierkergaard's "A" in "Either/or"Very interested in Kierkaard's writing...

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plato1234 | Student | eNoter

Posted February 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM via web

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Understanding Kierkergaard's "A" in "Either/or"

Very interested in Kierkaard's writing but a bit lost. I am reading Either/or. I see the character of "A" as a failed Romantic. He enjoys himself talking about the meaninglessness of the world, but does not have escape from being a disappointed Romantic.

He does not find an end he is still open-ended, unlike "Notes from the Underground" which I think could be compared to this character. I find the underground man more fully developed, he has taken a step toward self realization, even if this step is self destructive. "A" flirts with his own woes stands still and goes nowhere, enjoying his glib self. I don't find this character at all interesting like the underground man,

Am I missing something?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM (Answer #2)

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I suppose it is difficult to see which type of seducer he relates to, except to note that he distinguishes between the two and the fact that he spends so much time on the idea seems to imply that he is more reflective in nature.

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