Students read literature that illustrates the individual's struggle to find their meaningful place in the world. Seniors are beginning to look to the world outside of the high school; they are at a threshold, exiting a comfortable world and entering a new one that is 'infinite in variety.' Seniors read works by Sartre and Camus, No Exit, The Flies, and The Stranger. The focus then shifts backwards in time, tracing the roots of the existential perspective, reading Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. The class culminates with the first part of Goethe's Faust. Seniors relate uncannily to the character of Faust, who is at once world-weary and yet fervently hungry for a new kind of knowledge.
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