Beauvoir, not just the Second Sex, she actually existed…

2022-05-05 0 By

Speaking of Simone de Beauvoir, the first thing that comes to our mind may be her “The Second Sex”, as the “Bible” of feminist movement, worthy of the theoretical classic of western feminism.But today, I am not talking about beauvoir’s brilliant book, nor about equality between men and women. I want to share with you an ordinary and great woman writer who made her own unique life history.She is one of the most influential women in France in the 20th century, an existentialist scholar and writer.Born in 1908 to a scholarly family in Paris, he led a comfortable, secure and privileged life.At the age of 21, she passed the philosophy teacher qualification examination, during which she met Sartre, an existentialist philosopher, and became Sartre’s lifelong partner due to their common interests.Sartre’s existentialism also laid a theoretical foundation for beauvoir’s feminist studies, which made her a powerful challenge to the old ideas and customs of the West.Savova’s life is brilliant, in many fields have made brilliant achievements, a prominent reputation.But admirably, at the age of nineteen, she made her own “declaration of Independence,” declaring that “I will never surrender my life to the will of others,” and her own experience became the embodiment of what she hoped would be “a wonderful life of my own volition and desire.”Her remarkable talent and outstanding ideas are contained in many novels, papers and books.Such as: her novel the dignitaries received the highest prize for literature in France goncourt prize for literature, and the novel “the female guests”, “the blood of others”, “people death”, “merry to celebrities and paper” to establish an ambiguous ethics “, “theory of existentialism and the wisdom of all ethnic groups”, “Ruth and snake,” and so on, of course,”The Second Sex” is the most dazzling of his works.These rich works prove that De Beauvoir’s life was always accompanied by writing, and writing was undoubtedly one of her ways of being.Beauvoir was already spelling, reciting and reading at the age of three.Her father was her first teacher of literature, and at home she could wander in the spiritual world as she pleased.Childhood, initiated by reading, is not only the rendering of books, but also the formation of thinking.Through reading, Beauvoir began to think and learn to control her thoughts, and the seemingly profound questions about “self”, “others”, and “my relationship with others” brought her the pleasure of thinking.Although early thinking is often narrow and immature, what is important is the thinking process itself.Little Beauvoir’s experiment in the “me” world gave her the freedom to break free from the restrictions of the outside world, parents and society. This freedom also gave the eight-year-old girl confidence: “I am confident that I will be the independent master of my own life now and in the future.”At night, in the face of the white air rising from the heating pipe, the ticking of the clock and the fear of war, only books brought her peace of mind.Words are a kind of loyal company, as long as you open the books, they will come on your face, guarding her side, talking to her, heart-to-heart…All kinds of stories, fairy tales, strange, moving, funny, one before her eyes, so that she could not help but go into the book, with the hero of the book to experience, to feel.In the eyes of the young Beauvoir, books were a more realistic world than reality.At fifteen de Beauvoir was already a “big girl”.She looked like a young girl with short hair, a white dress and a smile.At this time, because of the relationship with her family changes, the lack of a sense of security has become confused, girl, always need the comfort and companionship of companions.Then a little girl with short hair entered Beauvoir’s girlhood.Her name is zaza.They have similar hobbies, talk about study, books to read, classmates and teachers, and their understanding and views of the world, becoming “inseparable” pair.Fifteen-year-old Beauvoir saw in “Zaza” yearning, but did not have, longing but dare not imagine the world.She began to resent the autocratic, narrow way of education imposed on her, which had to be passively accepted and obedient, weighed down by her mother’s religious ethics and her father’s authority.For the first time, Beauvoir began to reexamine the beliefs that had held her so firmly. She began to think, she began to doubt, she began to contradict, and the way she found was to write, to become a writer.Taking writing as her career is not a whim of hers. It is natural for her to have special feelings and intimacy with characters, which are nurtured in her childhood literature.There are not only her love and responsibility, but also ideal and reality, self and world, ephemeral and eternal.Here she finds her intersection with herself and the world.She is also determined to use words, with writing to express the misery and beauty of life, outline the future you want, this is the most permanent way.At the age of 21, she lost her best friend “Zaza”. Zaza’s death made Beauvoir sad for a long time, but later she met her lifelong partner, Sartre.Those who knew Beauvoir well knew her “indentured love” with Sartre.When Sartre proposed the “contract” to Beauvoir, she was once upset and afraid of love, but soon these emotions melted into a firm belief — she always hoped that she could live her life independently like a man, economically independent and mentally free.Of course, this “love contract” after their whole life practice, proved to be more stable than the secular contract, they have beyond the general lover, ordinary couples trust.Not only do they trust each other emotionally, but they also share a love of literature and writing.Every time they finish a work, they submit it to each other for review, and each other will bring richer thinking and content to the work with a critical eye and a different perspective.For Beauvoir, Sartre’s love for writing and tenacity brought her great spiritual inspiration, and his reminders and encouragement inspired her to think and create more deeply.They completed each work through mutual intellectual exchange and encouragement.Of course, they also have the same value pursuit — freedom, from the pursuit of individual freedom before the Second World War, to the war after the bath, to participate in human rights, the resistance to injustice, and fulfill the intellectual responsibility for the freedom of all mankind, they also found freedom together in writing……Conclusion Everyone can not retain years, Beauvoir with writing to retain all the experience and thinking in life.The meaning of writing for Beauvoir has gone beyond the meaning of words themselves, but has become a way of being, a way of transcending oneself, a way of pursuing freedom.If writing proves the existence of Beauvoir herself, her writing also explains the existence of women’s brave pursuit of freedom.