Analysis Of Albert Camus's 'The Fall'

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In his book, The Fall, Albert Camus writes, “Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. Hence one must choose a master, God being out of style. Besides, the word has lost its meaning; it’s not worth the risk of shocking anyone.” Camus centers his writings on his choice to live without God, and refuses to buy into the notion that there is a stable meaning in the world that we, as humans must simply submit to. He argues that in the real world, God is nothing, a dead and irrelevant figure. Albert Camus rejects all hierarchical concepts of truth and is frequently accused of believing in nothing. Therefore, to understand the word “God”, its usage, and its connection to modern-day society, I will do exactly what Camus proposes: Peer into a world devoid of God. Thus, imagining and analyzing a universe and society in which God does not exist, to discover a deeper meaning in the midst of a seemingly…show more content…
This counters everything that conservative Christians argue: that a society without God would be “hell on earth: rampant with immortality, full of evil, and teeming with depravity.” Neither of these extreme philosophies seem to be correct. A society that claims that there is no God, can, in fact be pleasant, as is evident with Sweden, Denmark and Scandinavia. However, a society without God cannot exist. This is because even if there is no external belief in God within a society, God still exists in that society. Camus once stated, “The silence of the universe has led me to conclude that the world is without meaning." But if this is true, this lack of meaning is simply a factor of Camus’s opinion, because if there is no God in society as Albert Camus and Zuckerman propose, there are merely opinions and people acting on those opinions, because an opinion without God has no weight as we do not know what is
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