Meursault is condemned to die by guillotine and Sisyphus is given the burden of having to do an eternity of hard labor, yet in both of these tragic situations they both live without illusions. Thus both men come to light with the realities and truths of their lives and can now be truly happy. In the essay “the Myth of Sisyphus “and the philosophical fiction novel The Stranger by Albert Camus the existentialist idea is that human life is meant to have futile suffering in it and people should not end their lives because of this abyss of pain; but embrace the life that is given, that once the absurdity is identified it is then that one can be elated and content with their lives. Camus reveals this idea in “The Myth of Sisyphus” when Sisyphus rolls that rock up the hill, at the top of the hill before the rock rolls back down then at that moment Sisyphus is happy. The reason being is because he has come to terms with his life and welcomes the sorrows of having to a never ending task. Same concept is in The Stranger Camus message was that, while Meursault stares death in the face he is liberated and is content with the odious outcome. So the concept of dealing with the bitter truths and realities in one’s life will then allow that person to be truly happy. Camus does not like to consider himself an existentialist he likes to consider himself an absurdist. Both Sisyphus and Meursault are absurd heroes. From The Stranger Meursault says “I open myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself … I felt that I had been happy and that I was again (pg.123-124).” This quote is a wonderful example of why Meursault is an absurd hero, after the chaplain went on his religious tirade Meursault finally realizes...
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...memories are all that I know of this world - and they are enough. The absurd person can finally say "all is well”.” People should be absurd heroes rather than living in their sorrows and depressions. Just accept what you have then is when you can truly be happy. Although an obvious example of a character whom is not an absurd hero is walle; walle a misanthrope robot that is doing an impossible task every day. He collects the trash, yet finds pleasure in it. Which can be a sign of an absurd hero because he finds happiness in this impossible task rather than live in dread. Although what make walle not an absurd hero is the fact that he still has hope, for numerous of things like romance, hope that people will come back to earth. So finally Camus displays the message that in order to become an absurd hero, just accept the fate ones given and then one can be truly happy.
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