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Absurdity In Albert Camus's The Myth Of Sisyphus

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In The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus talks about the absurd. There is the feeling of absurd and the concept of the absurd. Absurdity is the feeling of separation from the world. The absurd is a contradiction that cannot be reconciled, and any attempt to escape this contradiction is simply an attempt to run from it and if you try escape it shows that you are weak and life is too much. When you face the absurd, you are struggling against it. Many individuals come to the realization of the absurdity when they come to the contradiction of what they know and the unknown. The universal question is, “is suicide legitimate” and this becomes a legitimate question because upon confronting the absurd individuals begin to question life and the meaning…show more content…
Obviously, Camus views suicide as not being the right response to the feeling of absurdity, but also that contemplation is wrong. Suicide is seen as wrong because it is showing the world that you are giving up and that it is too much too handle. Suicide will not fix the problem of the absurd. Individually you might think that dying is going to take away your problems and it might, but it is only going to create more issues. One suicide can lead to another and create a chain reaction. The absurd will only die when we turn away from it and go about our lives. Camus, also talks about how suicide is seen as acceptance of the absurd, because “in its way, suicide settles the absurd”. Suicide does not solve the absurd because it kills a person and not the absurd. Death does not set someone free. When you die you are not free, but dead and now have no means of trying to fix the problem. Rebellion is more than accepting the absurd, it's coming to terms with it and creating a way to deal with it. It seems to be unfair that humans should desire meaning when none is given to us no matter how much we ask. It's looked upon wrongly to create a false meaning for ideas and objects when we can't be for sure that it is a correct response. Thus, this leads us to a conclusion that we must rebel against the universe, and our desires. Camus states that “revolt gives life its value”. Revolt…show more content…
In our society, there is the feeling of absurdity and the concept of the absurd which are two separate but whole parts of our individual lives. Absurdity is the feeling of separation from the world which leads to the concept of the absurd. The absurd is a contradiction that cannot be escaped, and any attempt to escape the contradiction is seen as admitting defeat and failure in life. In The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus talks about the feeling and concept of the absurd and questions if suicide is a legitimate answer to the absurd. Many individuals come to the realization of the absurdity when they come to the contradiction of what they know and wanting to know more about what is not known. The universal question is, “is suicide legitimate” and this becomes a legitimate question because upon confronting the absurd individuals begin to question life and the meaning and purpose of being alive. The absurd makes us wonder because the answers we truly need will never be found because we all die or commit suicide and nobody comes back from the dead. Until we find the answers we truly desire, we will have to revolt and deal with the contradictions of life. Revolting against our responsibilities and problems gives our lives meaning and makes us feel like a more wholesome and emotionally capable person
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