Stranger Than Fiction Analysis

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Stranger Than Fiction: Paper II

“Anything worth writing comes inexplicably and without method”?
How is this idea evident in the film, particularly as Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman’s characters portray the art of writing/narrative in the film?

No one can force something good to happen, nor can they control their fate; it is something manifested from random courses of events. Fate is something inexplicable and is created without a method, therefore, Harold Crick is the perfect example of Eiffel’s quote. His entire life is a metaphor of things that happen that cannot be explained. This is ironic because Harold’s life is a book, written and narrated by Karen Eiffel. “Death and Taxes”, also Harold’s life, was expected to be Eiffel’s most amazing book yet. Harold’s fate and Eiffel’s novel is one and the same thing, therefore her quote relates to Harold’s life and the events that surround it.

Taoism is an important ancient religion practiced in China, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam by about five million people. There’s a principle in Taoism that’s called “Wu Wei”, and translated means: “non-doing” or “non-action”.
“Wu Wei 無爲 (Chinese, literally “non-doing”) is an important concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu wei is the cultivation of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the flow of life. This going with the flow, although it may be greatly productive, is characterized by great ease where we spontaneously act perfectly.
This means that we do the right thing effortlessly and spontaneously, without trying.”
This principle of Taoism can be compared to what Eiffel says in Stranger Than Fiction. Both have the same morals and meanings being the principle. It’s a…...

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