Man’s Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning

Frankl’s Manuscript Symbol Analysis

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When Frankl first arrives at Auschwitz, he is forced to surrender his unpublished manuscript on logotherapy. Over the course of his time in the four camps in which he is imprisoned, Frankl realized that he badly wanted to rewrite this manuscript, and further, that he wanted to write another manuscript about psychology within concentration camps. Frankl turned his thoughts toward the manuscript when he was struggling, and used it as way to keep himself motivated to stay alive. For example, when one of his camps was infected with typhoid, Frankl wrote keywords from his manuscript on scraps of paper to keep his mind alert. In the second half of the book, Frankl uses the manuscript to symbolize hope for the future and the importance of having something outside of oneself to live for.

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Frankl’s Manuscript Symbol Timeline in Man’s Search for Meaning

The timeline below shows where the symbol Frankl’s Manuscript appears in Man’s Search for Meaning. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Experiences in a Concentration Camp
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...had their possessions looted or destroyed by the guards. Frankl tried to save his scientific manuscript that he was carrying with him, but was forced to surrender it. This proved to... (full context)
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...Frankl tried to keep his own mind busy and active by trying to rewrite his manuscript on scraps of paper. (full context)
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...very quickly. When Frankl’s opportunity appeared, he hurried to collect some provisions and gather his manuscript scraps before fleeing. He made the rounds with his patients for a final time, but... (full context)
Logotherapy in a Nutshell: Noö-dynamics
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...to meaning was frustrated in Auschwitz and he was not able to work on his manuscript, the tension that frustration caused kept him alive and in a much better state of... (full context)
Logotherapy in a Nutshell: The Meaning of Suffering
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...most meaningful moment of his time in the camps. After giving up his clothing and manuscript upon his arrival to Auschwitz, he was given the clothes of a prisoner who had... (full context)