Reflective Statement Zorba the Greek

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Reflective Statement Work: Zorba The Greek Author: Nikos Kazantzakis Question- How was your understanding of contextual and culture consideration of the work developed throughout the interactive oral? Zorba the Greek, written in 1946 by Greek philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis, is a rich and powerful novel following the adventures of the un-named ‘narrator’ and his new acquaintance, Alexis Zorba during the 1920's on the small island of Crete. Throughout the course of the Second Interactive oral, cultural and contextual understanding of Greek culture was discussed, and my understanding of certain prominent aspects about/in the book, such as; Philosophy, Buddhism and Technique used by the author grew. During the Second interactive oral aspects relating to philosophy were mainly discussed. The aspect of Philosophy helps to define each character which makes the novel even more captivating to the reader, thus acting as an epicentre of the whole novel. The novel as a whole has no plot, it basically revolves around the journey of two rather vivid characters with unique personalities working in a coal-mine in Crete sharing their life experiences and talking about the great philosophies of life. This aspect helps to shape up the story and build a solid climax. It is interesting to note that, the narrator and Zorba portrays different view about life’s philosophies. Zorba believes in the concept existentialism and embraces intuition over rationalism; as he tends to go with his gut feeling, not questioning whether it is right or wrong, whereas the narrator believes that a person can obtain life’s fulfilment through Religion. Another interesting aspect discussed that I found amusing was the use of technique to bring out the major themes in the book and the underlying meaning of each philosophy. Nikos uses a range of metaphors and Greek References to compare/contrast. He

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