Write 9 pages thesis on the topic a nietzschean odyssey. Multiple scholars have come out with different approaches aimed at explaining the film, and especially in the respect of what it implied, with regards to God and the concept of man’s evolution from ape through human into a superhuman. The closest explanation offered so far regarding the film is that it is a perfect mapping of German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, who had a philosophy claiming that God was dead. His argument was that since God was dead, there existed a gap that needed filling, and that required of humans to develop into superhuman form in order to fill the existing vacuum. This study will highlight the various ways in which Kubrick’s film 2001 adhered to the concept of God’s extinction and irrelevance of Christianity as purported by Nietzsche.
The impact of 2001 seemed to startle even Kubrick himself. As Nelson (103) defines it, Kubrick did not “fully anticipate the enormity of its impact and scope”. All in all, the film caused ripples in the world of film, and this saw Kubrick dragged into technical and conceptual contexts of controversy which he had never intended to be involved in. Apart from being a controversial sci-fi film, 2001 doubles up as a landmark moment in the film, having provoked minds of other directors and audiences with regards to what might actually happen in the event that extraterrestrial intelligence came into contact with human beings. This presents the junction between Kubrick’s film and Nietzsche’s philosophies of man’s transformation from ape to superman. The philosophy of Nietzsche, collectively termed as Thus Spake Zarathustra, was based on the argument that Christianity (which he refers to as traditional values) had lost its power in people’s lives, that God was dead, and there existed a need for an overman or superman (whom he refers to as Ubermensch) to come into existence (Nietzsche n.p.).
So what connections make 2001: A Space Odyssey a Nietzschean odyssey? .