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Dean Winchester: An Existentialist Hero?

Author(s): Alyssa Silva

Journal: Sesión no Numerada : Revista de Letras y Ficción Audiovisual
ISSN 2173-5123

Issue: 2;
Start page: 67;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Supernatural | existentialism | Jean-Paul Sartre | natural law

The  popular  show  Supernatural,  in  particular  the  character  of Dean Winchester,  provides  an interesting examination of freedom of choice. In fact Supernatural proves itself amenable to an existentialist  reading  of  law,  in  particular  the  existentialism  of  Jean Paul Sartre. After  a  brief introduction  to  the  show,  the  elements  of  Sartre’s existentialism  I will  be  developing  in  this paper  include  freedom,  choice  and  authenticity.  These  elements  combine  to  demonstrate  the existentialist  law  favoured  by  Dean,  whereby  Dean’s  scepticism  of  God  allows  for  an authenticity that furthers his own autonomy. The patterning trope of two brothers is essential to Dean developing his own law and morality separate from the divine one that is imposed on him throughout  the  show,  with  natural  law  showcasing  that  there  is  more  than  one  kind  of existentialist law to choose from.
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