Date of Award

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


LACS: World Literature and Culture Studies

First Advisor

Julia Goesser Assaiante


The argument in this thesis is how the philosophies of the German Frederich Nietzsche are portrayed throughout the Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael’s film Mr. Nobody (2009). Mr. Nobody is a film about every imaginable way one man’s life could unfold from every major and minor decision he makes. Nietzsche’s philosophy of Amor Fati, or love of fate, is portrayed by the film’s main character, Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto). Within the different quantum branches of Nemo’s life he portrays both the man of reason and the man of intuition; a topic central to Nietzsche’s philosophy. In the various timelines in the film Nemo lives as either the man of intuition, embracing this idea of amour fati, or as the man of reason who tries to master his fate. This thesis examines a few scenes that are the keys to understanding the different ways in which to live one’s life and how no matter what one chooses, every life is the right life and in theory could be lived over and over again for all eternity.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College Hartford Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in World Literature and Culture Studies.