"Since life made no sense, each man must give
meaning to his individual existence" (McCarthy 202)
Existentialism, at first, can be very confusing to someone whose unfamiliar with it. However the message behind this philosophy is very lucid once understood. Life, in its terms, is meaningless. There is no point to the life. Existentialists often do not believe in an afterlife so they believe that a human basically should “live the life”. “Exist” stance within society, solely depends on how a human makes themselves an individual and the actions they take to make them one. They as individuals have to give themselves a mean to their existence or in shorter terms, existence is based on an humans daily actions which therefore make them individuals.
(Extensialism)...is unified by a central concern with the ultimate
challenge of human existence - to find sound values, to grow as a person, and to build a meaningful and socially construc...
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...e ringleader to the volunteer sanitation groups. Tarrou’s actions and beliefs were based on values and what he believed was morally right. He believed it was his moral duty to help and try to save people from the plague making him the true hero of the catastrophe. Although Rieux helped as many people as he could, his sincerity is questioned in the novel. Everyone else in the town seems to wait for the end to come and does nothing to conquer and resist death unlike Rieux and Tarrou. Tarrou, however finds a noble reason to conquer this plague and that is to achieve his “sainthood” which is preventing from spreading and being consumed by the plague. Although Tarrou in the end succumbs from the disease, the plague has not killed him. Tarrou achieved his goal of his sainthood and therefore made his mark in society. Tarrou achieved the goal of becoming a true individual.
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