So if anyone saw my intro post, I specialize in writing a brand of short stories I call "philosophical narrative" - not to sound like your average pretentious, post-modern hipster ( I'm not a hipster I promise), but if you were to set out to develop a persona who is truly existential, that is one who looks to his or her experiences for truth and genuine living, what sort of traits would they possess? for instance, there was a period in French film called "The New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague)" during the 50s and 60s and it showcased elements of classical Hollywood and Italian neorealism. Incredibly existential films- they're almost known for this... many of the main characters (if there even is one??) had the following characteristics: - Smoked ( considered sexy at the time) - Generally fashionable - Committed violent crimes ( if not homicides) - Lead double lives Of course this isn't the only period in history where there were archetypes pegged as "existential". I know the phrase "archetypes of existentialism" is actually a bit of an oxymoron, but what are some characteristics would you all add to this list?