Sunday, November 22, 2015
Unesti Banks (#8) 1/3 Simone De Beauvoir
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”
Simone de Beauvoir was a French writer in the modern feminist movement. She was married to the most famous existentialist philosopher, novelist, play-writer, and biographer, Paul Sartre. She was very beautiful and highly sophisticated. Simone de Beauvoir was born January 9, 1908 in Paris, France. She had published many works of both fiction and non- fiction; although, her best work was done in 1949, a feminist text.
Simone de Beauvoir was raised a catholic, but as a child she became atheist. As an adolescence, she also dedicated her life to the study of existence. When Beauvoir was 21 when she left home to attend Sorbonne University in Paris, France to study philosophy. This was also around the same time she met Paul Sartre.
Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir had a lengthy relationship and partnership. To be completely honest, he really changed her life. These two were so close that they influenced each other’s way of life, style, and work. Beauvoir and Sartre were never really legally married, being that Beauvoir thought their relationship should not be defined by organized rules. The couple had an open relationship, in 1940 they even agreed to have a three way relationship. Sartre was her long term companion. As for the three way relationship, they described it as being essential, and they described their other relationships as contingent or unnecessary. Simone Beauvoir actually based her first fictional book, L’Invitee, on experience. This book considered many ideas, but the ideas especially pondered on relationships.
TO BE CONTINUED…