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The Rebel Setting & Symbolism

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Objects/Places

Rebellion

Rebellion, as defined by the author throughout the book, is the act of improving life - specifically, an act of resistance against an oppressive, limiting circumstance undertaken in order to change that circumstance for the betterment of both the individual and those with whom he shares the experience of oppression.

Revolution

Revolution is the act of rebellion taken one step further - to assume control over those who participated in maintaining the earlier status quo in order to permanently and totally destroy that status.

History

In general, history is both defined and perceived as the placement of those incidents in time. Throughout the book, however, the author defines history differently - specifically, as the relationship between incidents in time, referring repeatedly to historical actions as those that take place with an awareness of that relationship.

Nihilism and Absurdism

Nihilism is, in short, the philosophic belief that nothing...

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