Myth Of Sisyphus Commentary Essay

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Myth Of Sisyphus Commentary

We must imagine Sisyphus happy because he is an absurd hero. Absurdity and Happiness are parallel in both The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. Meursault in The Stranger and Sisyphus in The Myth of Sisyphus are closely related by Camus to connect absurdity and happiness.

“The absurd is born out of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world” Albert Camus. Camus says that the universe has no interest or concern for humans so there is predetermined meaning in the world. Each individual has the task of assigning meaning to the things in their life. Everyone has a fate and a choice. In the Myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus’ fate is not death but one “worse” than death says Zeus. Sisyphus status as absurd hero, his happiness and his fate rely on each other. Sisyphus’ life is in his own hands once he accepted his fate. If Sisyphus did not find happiness in his acceptance than the question what is happiness and how does one acquire it follows. If an individual’s experience cannot bring happiness then we are forced to rely on something larger to deliver happiness, directly contradicting the absurd.

Sisyphus must roll a rock up a hill for the rest of eternity. Meursault must die in the public square. Although different their fate is different, it is still there own. Camus characterizes Meursault as casual about his fate to point out that happiness is relative. Even though Meursault is sentenced to…