An analysis of camuss myth of sisyphus

At the same time, the lucidity he achieves with this understanding also places him above his fate. Essentially, Camus asks if we can live without really knowing anything definite.

After the stone falls back down the mountain Camus states that "It is during that return, that pause, that Sisyphus interests me.

absurdism in the myth of sisyphus

Every person must find themselves within a whisker of the summit of accomplishment when they are overcome by the awareness that transforms into a horrifying realization that no matter what lies just over that summit For Camus, that twinkling of acceptance becomes the dawning of existentialist consciousness.

After many requests, Pluto gave chance to go to earth and come to hell as soon as possible. Taking the absurd seriously means acknowledging the contradiction between the desire of human reason and the unreasonable world.

When Sisyphus accepts his fate, however, the sorrow and melancholy of it vanish. Existentialism suggests that the problematic life has only the solution, which is suicide. Camus concludes his essay with Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain, equipped to endure the agonizingly otiose exercise of rolling the rock up a hill once again.

Another Myth says that Sisyphus ordered his wife to throw his dead body in a public place but not to bury it.

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He also suggests us that we should be hopeful of getting happiness but happiness is always momentary. Sisyphus was enchanted by the shining beauty of the earth so he forget everything. How is this stance noble, even heroic? His fate can only be considered tragic because he understands it and has no hope for reprieve. The gods were wise, Camus suggests, in perceiving that an eternity of futile labor is a hideous punishment. Therefore, he says that there is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn. Chapter 2: The Absurd Man[ edit ] How should the absurd man live? His punishment is to endure an eternity of hopeless struggle. Even there are two causes about his punishment. At beginning of Western philosophy, Aristotle taught that all human beings desire to know and that the universe, which he called a cosmos, is knowable. The philosophy of absurdity was developed as a branch of existentialist philosophy, which considers life as meaningless useless and fruitless nihilistic existence.

The first is a psychological observation that seems far from certain, or at the very least stands in dire need of more careful definition, and the second is less an item of knowledge so much as a limitation that Camus places on our knowledge.

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Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus: Meaning and Interpretation