“The Myth of Sisyphus”: Absurd Hero
Sisyphus was man who was sentenced into a life of rolling a rock up a hill for all eternity after being accused of stealing. In the short story “The Myth of Sisyphus”, by Albert Camus, Camus identifies Sisyphus as an absurd hero because his behavior on earth as well as his view of his punishment; fascinated by Sisyphus who decides to see his punishment in a new light, Sisyphus decides to see the rock as strength instead of punishment. Once Sisyphus decides to make his life other than struggle, he begins to be happier in his life and looks forward to the future. Camus suggests that the fate given to Sisyphus would only be struggle if he had continued to hope, he declares that absurd awareness and happiness is closely connected. Camus does an excellent job in proving how anyone can overcome even the hardest of lives just by accepting fate and that you have the power to make any situation a good one. Camus highlights three very important issues in life; we can never accept any answer in our struggle, we are free to live any way we choose, and we must find passion in our lives.
Many people who read the article may agree that the situation Sisyphus is in is highly intolerable and would make just about anyone go crazy. The gods condemned Sisyphus into a hard, physical, and meaningless labor when found guilty of his crime; rolling up the hill as the rock descends each time, crashing back too earth, having it to do over again. Camus suggests that in life people have conflict with what we want and what we actually find in the world. Throughout times, people have had a very hard time accepting their fate, leading to self destruction. In his essay, Camus explains how a man overcomes his fate and accepts his life and completely changes his whole views on everything. Sisyphus just refuses to accept the fate that is given to him, which is something that may be difficult considering the situation. Camus does a great job in...
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