Nietzsche's Notion Of The Intuitive Man In Stranger Than Fiction

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In the film Stranger than Fiction, directed by Marc Forester, the scene in which Will Ferrell, Harold Crick, meets Karen for the first time is crucial in illustrating Nietzsche’s point on the intuitive vs. rational man. This scene is a turning point for him because it represents his transition from the rational to the intuitive man and the moment he finally ‘ breaks out of his shell’ as he raises his voice and in attempt to be dominant. Prior to meeting his maker, Karen, Harold Crick used to perform every task methodically with regularity and was a slave to conformist metaphors who operating not in the search for happiness but to defend against adversity. After learning about his inevitable death he acquires ‘free intellect’ and purses his own interests based on what he likes, thus going from a rational to an intuitive man. In doing so he celebrates free will and Nietzsche’s assertion of the intuitive man over the rational. Although the movie Stranger than Fiction seems to be about Harold’s inability to change his fate, when viewed via Nietzsche’s rational and…show more content…
intuitive man. The intuitive man being one who is a non-conformist who lives free of the concepts from which the rational man regards it as truth. Although he credits the intuitive man with pretty much the establishment of civilization he understands that the intuitive man is also more susceptible to distress. Since he or she is very methodical, if anything goes not as planned it creates a roadblock in their lives similar to Harold who became distressed when his wristwatch which seemed to be the only thing he does have control over by precisely setting the time to be able to see his future starting acting up and things didn’t go according to plan. The intuitive man according to Nietzsche has more suffering and frequently as compared to the rational who experiences the frequent joys of being free

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