Examples Of Existentialism In The Big Lebowski

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The Big Lebowski is a film that was released on March 6, 1998 in the United States originally written by the Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan. The genre is motion picture and the film was recorded on film stock. The Big Lebowski is a neo-noir dark crime film which means “a movie about crime that uses dark shadows and lighting to show the complicated moral nature of the subject.” (Webster). In other words, the film uses the dark and light aspects on the screen to focus on moral issues; a darker scene would portray a sense of danger or seriousness at hand. This type of film-noir was derived from the 1940s and 50s in which films from that time period are now called melodramas (Ballinger and Graydon 22). The movie expresses many different philosophical branches of thought that include existentialism, absurdism, nihilism, and objectivism. Existentialism is a philosophical theory that emphasizes the existence through awareness and free will (Webster) and stresses the finding of meaning in a meaningless world which leads to absurdism. Absurdism borders the theory of…show more content…
Whereas The Dude “abides” and accepts life as it is without forcing against it, Emily tries to question everything that is presented to her. Rather than going with the thought experiment, she asks “who was on the train” (Stoppard ) and attempts to make sense of the predicament around her. She concludes that the world is going to be destroyed because society is destroying it: “We consume everything. We’re dying of consumption. The last rhino has given up his horn for a cancer cure that doesn’t work. The last fish is gasping under a floating island of plastic as big as France.” (Stoppard 3:36) I believe that even though she sought meaning, she understands that the world is absurd and that things are not quite what they seem. By the end, it is clear that Emily is an absurd hero because she accomplishes acceptance within the world around

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