Re: RARA-AVIS: SHOOT HORSES? and existentialism

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 15 Apr 2003

----- Original Message ----- From: "Robison Michael R CNIN" <>

> I've heard Horace McCoy's famous THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?
> referred to as the first American existentialist novel. What is
> existentialism?

In this instance, it's about choice. We have the freedom to choose. Refusing to choose is itself a choice. Whether or not to shoot somebody is a choice we can all make. Thus, with that choice comes responsibility. And with responsibility comes dread and anguish. Or noir. At least, that's my understanding.


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