In the novel Nausea, Antoine Roquentin feels thatsomething has changed in the way he sees objects, but he doesn’t understand why.
He remembered that he felt weird when he was holding a stone, but he was notsure if the feeling came from himself or the stone. He recalled the strange momentas “nausea to the hands”. Roquentin thought that the weird feeling towards objectsand people only happened when he was alone or walking in the street, but thistime, he also felt the feeling when he was in a café. He also felt the Nausea becauseof a blue cotton shirt which stands out joyfully against a chocolate-coloredwall. Roquentin also felt the nausea when he looked at the bartender’s purple suspenders,which he thinks sometimes appear blue. He then realizes that the suspenderswere never purple, and that color is something that doesn’t really exist. He then found out that he only sees hands,eyelids, hair, cheeks, dirty skin, and enormous nostrils, and that he no longerrecognizes people. He requests the barmaid in the café to play his favoritesong called “Some of these days” to help calm him down.
When the song startedto play, it successfully made the Nausea go away, he writes that the melody ofthe song crushes the time of the real world, making him feel in the music. Roquentinalso felt more comfortable in the dark, because he thinks that the Nausea occursin the light. When in a café, he got disgusted at the behavior of the people aroundhim, which he describes as robot-like, because he thinks that the people aretrying to hide their existence from themselves. He then understands what wascausing the Nausea: his fear of existence. Things just exist and anything hetouches no longer has any essence.
He described that the Nausea was a result ofcolors, tastes, and smells that are not real. He finally understood what wascausing the Nausea when he encounters the root of a chestnut tree. He finds that the root’s physical characteristics maskthe root’s actual existence. Roquentin’s Nausea was because of Satre’s beliefof “existence precedes essence.” Anything used to describe an object is notonly irregular but does not really exist.