Regeneration Through Subjectivity: A Kierkegaardian Notion on Subjectivity in Benyamin’s Goat Days
Soren Kierkegaard is generally considered as the first existential philosopher.
Kierkegaard proposed that individual is solely responsible for giving meaning to one’s life by living a life passionately and authentically. Søren Kierkegaard is often depicted as the paradigmatic subjective thinker. Goat Days is the translation of the famous Malayalam novel Aadujeevitham by one of the bright Malayalam writers Benyamin. Goat Days (Adujivitam) portrays the life of an Indian laborer Najeeb in Saudi Arabia. Goat Days endeavors to create an existentialist story of rootlessness, meaninglessness and absurdity in the life of Najeeb. He is accidently placed in a wrong profession in a foreign land (the Gulf). The novel presents how he regain his subjectivity. Najeeb is the symbolic representation of the present man. The presentation of genuine humanness that overcomes the dehumanization makes Goat Days as the Gospel of ‘hope’.