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The Myth Of Sisyphus And Other Essays


Inspired by Greek mythology, Camus makes the connection between life as an eternal beginning obedient to the absurd and Sisyphus, hero of Greek mythology. Why such a punishment? Camus cites several versions of the myth, most of which explain Sisyphus' punishment by insulting the gods. A particular version lends to Sisyphus, dying, the will to feel the love of his wife by asking her not to give him a burial and to throw his body in the public square, after his death. According to another version, Sisyphus discovers the affair between the ruler of Olympus, Zeus, and Aegina; he goes to monetize the information with the father, the Asopus River. In exchange for his revelation, he received a fountain for his citadel. His too-much insight irritates the gods who condemn him to push a rock to the top of a mountain, which inevitably rolls towards the valley before the hero's goal is achieved.




The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays


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We have seen above that Sisyphus, is an excellentexampleof an existentialist hero. he does not allow reason to dictatethecourse of his life. he relies very much on passions indetermininghis actions and judges others not on how rational they are but ratheronhow passionate they are. Furthermore he very much enjoys theconcrete,physical side of life taking pleasure in sunshine, water and thephysicalobjects he finds around him. Finally he, through his ownvolition,takes control of his life and makes himself superior to his fate sothatalthough he is condemned to eternal punishment he is still happy. Wemay not be comfortable with calling the original write of the myth, anexistentialistbut when read with existentialist ideas in mind, Sisyphus and hispredicamentcan be seen to clearly and concretely illustrate the ideas of a rangeofphilosophers usually associated with existentialism. AlbertCamus'choice of Sisyphus as his 'absurd hero' is testament to the extent towhich The Myth of Sisyphus is an existentialist story. 041b061a72


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