The Quality Of Life In Albert Camus's The Myth Of Sisyphus

analytical Essay
1339 words
1339 words

Burdens are bore by people within their everyday lives, and within even the simplest of lifestyles. The example made by Albert Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus uses Sisyphus to exemplify how life can be empty for some and viewed as futile and while this presents challenges, it is what one does with the difficulty that results in what the quality of life may be. Within this depiction, Camus presents the concept of absurdity, which can be viewed as a part of the essence in human existence and should be taken as a challenge to be continued. Sisyphus, although repeating an endless retribution, finds the ability to look past this punishment and forward towards a “silent joy” that allows him to live in an uncertain state. In defining the interest, which …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how albert camus in the myth of sisyphus exemplifies how life can be empty for some and viewed as futile and challenges, but what one does with the difficulty results in what the quality of life may be.
  • Analyzes how sisyphus was given the meaningless punishment of rolling a rock from the bottom to top of the hill to compensate for his misgivings within his life.
  • Analyzes how camus compares the feelings of humans today with those of sisyphus, and the inclination towards despair.
  • Analyzes how sisyphus becomes an example of how suicide is not the theme of life by finding happiness within the absurdity of his new purpose.
  • Suggests that we should remain hopeful of being happy, but this happiness is fleeting. inconsistent measures to keep this momentary feeling are met with creating our own fate and by doing so will hate the fate maker.
  • Analyzes the argument for absurdity made by camus to distinguish what is perpetrated by the man who simply acts out his life by going through the motions rather than fully committing to engaging wholeheartedly in all aspects of life. an absurd perspective disregards common values without seeking explanation or justification.
  • Analyzes how camus integrates the "absurd man" into sisyphus' problems by comparing the decisions that were made and inviting the possibility of the absurd and its influence in certain choices.
  • Analyzes camus' proposal to question how the instinct to live overcomes the feelings of powerlessness and how humans tend to acquire a habit that places living above thinking.
  • Analyzes camus' analysis of sisyphus' fate by contrasting the consequences of the absurd to what logically could follow the idea of a certainty of life.

Faint traces of suicide are provoked by the feelings portrayed by Sisyphus in which with each descent of the rock different emotions that grapple with anguish and desperation are surfaced which remind him of life before he had been given his sentence. The effort given by Sisyphus to will his body to force the huge stone up the hill continuously, only to have it roll back down again I can only imagine to be frustratingly painful. At the end of the extensive (and overall wasted) effort, which is measured by a space filled with sky and an immeasurable sense of time, the purpose which drives Sisyphus is lost as he must watch the stone roll down to the beginning again. Camus describes the return as toiling with each heavy step that leads towards an everlasting punishment and Sisyphus is inclined to feel powerless and hopeless. This feeling that can be perceived from Sisyphus I believe is a natural reaction for humans when we are faced with a disgruntling obstacle that does not seem to …show more content…

Such when Camus writes, “All Sisyphus’ silent joy is contained therein. His fate belongs to him.”, but also contends that “Likewise, the absurd man, when he contemplates his torment, silences all the idols.” Within these quotes, I find a distinction between the acceptance of fate and the acquisition of circumstance which in both cases of Sisyphus and the absurd man, contends a claim of conflict between what we want from the universe, whether this is meaning, order, or reasons, and what we find in the universe which tends to be the uncertainty that is distinguished by

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