negligible. All the obsession and the human vanity is futile delusion. Fosca is also of the view
that death gives life meaning.
Beauvoir addresses the human condition and relationship from an immortal point of view.
She communicates that life from the immortal point of view is repetitive and absurd noting
that that the short mortal life is fresh, unique and meaningful. She then explores the futility
of the life that is lived by Fosca which is a situation that shows her philosophical thinking
when she is dealing with some of the issues in the society. She wants to communicate her
thought that life and death are connected and that if there is not death then life does not have
meaning. The story is closely linked to Simone de Beauvoir existentialist philosophy. The
philosophical insight that she has used to include in the story will keep the readers intrigued
and may cause them to thinks about many aspects of life which shows the importance of
adding a philosophical touch to the work that is done by a particular writer.
Beauvoir also uses the aspects of philosophy to develop her characters. She creates a contrast
where she makes Fosca who is immortal to meet Regine who is immortal. The meetup and
the interaction of the two characters gives the readers a chance to differentiate between the
mortal and the immortal nature of life. She uses the two characters to keep the people
thinking about the kind of life that they are living. The interaction of the two main characters
is therefore important because it helps in the development of the themes such as mortality vs
immortality to enable the readers think about the meaning of life. The story is made up of two
main characters and the story is build up as the author described each one of them noting
what they believe in and the struggles that they have in life. The climax of the story comes up
when the two people meet up and that is when the main theme of the story is fulfilled as the
writer tries her best to communicate to the audience accordingly for the benefit of the society.
From the story it is therefore easier to say that Beauvoir uses her philosophical thinking to
develop the characters.
All the authors normally have themes that they address in the novels. The themes are
normally focused on the challenges and the issues that the people face in the society. The
author may also use the themes to criticize the people from the beliefs that they hold or from
the issues that keep on frustrating them. For instance the author addresses the theme of
mortality vs immortality that is aimed at answering the many questions that the people have
about mortality and the search for immortality by the people in the society. The author is
aware of the fact that development of the main theme will require the support of the other
themes. The supportive themes are important because they ensure that the main theme is well
addressed and exhausted.
It is important to conclude that the philosophical thinking of Beauvoir has made her come up
with an interesting story that addresses very important issues in the society. It is therefore
important for the other authors to use the same methods if they have to succeed in addressing
various issues in the society for the benefit of the society. The book is therefore a very good
read that helps the people to think philosophically.
De Beauvoir, S. (1992). All Men are Mortal: A Novel. WW Norton & Company.