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 PHIL 200-002 - Friedrich Nietzsche
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Henry Thomas
Apprentice

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Posted - Feb 24 2013 :  8:44:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the assigned reading I came across a statement: "[W]henever a human being begins to discover how he is playing a role and how he can be an actor, he becomes an actor" (The Gay Science §356, 303). My interpretation: when a person discovers what his or her role is in society -- or what people assume is his or her role -- he or she can then be a so-called actor and act as society expects him or her to act by changing his or her personality and his or her behavior. This is my interpretation of this statement. I would like to know other people's opinions too.

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Brittny Gadsby
Fledgling

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Posted - May 12 2013 :  2:46:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In my opinion, if you try to compare yourself to something or try to see if you are more like something, like an actor, then you become that since you see the similarities. Once you see that you are more like the actor, you become it.

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Jeremy Grooms
Fledgling

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Posted - May 12 2013 :  11:32:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would have to say that I agree more with Henry on this subject. I do not believe that a person can become something or someone he or she is not. That is not to say that one can't become good at acting like someone else, but no one has the ability to become anyone else.

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