Thus Spoke Zarathustra

by: Friedrich Nietzsche

Suggested Essay Topics

In what way does Nietzsche see Christian and democratic ideals being based on a spirit of resentment?

If a barbarian could slice a monk in two, why then does Nietzsche think a monk has more power than a barbarian?

What is an "inverse cripple"? Why is the past irredeemable so long as we remain inverse cripples?

What is the eternal recurrence? Why is it important?

How does Nietzsche contrast terms like "gravity" with terms like "laughter" and "dancing"? What is the effect of this contrast, both on a philosophical and on a literary level?

In what way does Nietzsche express his own inadequacies in the characters of the people Zarathustra welcomes to his cave in Part IV?

What is the significance of the biblical allusions found throughout the book?