Nietzsche is the Misfit

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“He rejects belief in Christ yet he recognizes that a world in which actions and consequences cannot be made sense of leads ultimately to a world in which logical distinctions between good and evil collapse” (Desmond). 

Desmond’s description of the Misfit reminds me of the psychologist Nietzsche.  Nietzsche saw religion as a down gradation of humanity, since we attribute our doings and achievements to a higher power and not to ourselves.  He felt that the idea of sin held humans back, that the idea of heaven and hell “poisoned” people’s everyday life with its impending existence.  He felt that we need to be “the assassins of God” and proclaim that “God is dead” to truly be free. Later in life, Nietzsche recanted to a degree, since he did not believe morals could exist without religion and he feared the world would become a terrible place.  He feared the world would come to have no meaning—nihilism.  This seems to be how Desmond sees the Misfit.  The Misfit does not want to accept Christ, yet he realizes that the world cannot exist with a purpose without religion.  Nietzsche nihilistic beliefs eventually drove him insane; similar to how the Misfit also goes insane (although to a greater extent since he murders other people in his crazed state).   

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