Kierkegaard was one of the rebels of 19th-century thought. He worked in conscious opposition to the prevailing assumptions and conventions of his age. His crucial contentions only saw widespread recognition after his death. ‘Life and character’ seeks to find out why Kierkegaard only gained fame after his death by describing his personality and charting his life history. His childhood and school life impacted on his beliefs later in life. Early on, he became aware of his superior intelligence, admitting later that it provided him with an effective weapon to counteract his appearance of weakness. He spent his young adulthood unable to find some centre or focus for his life.