What is The Myth of the Sisyphus by Albert Camus all about?

21 Apr

In The Myth of the Sisyphus Camus states that there is a gap between what we as people want in life, and what we get in life. Never in life will we fine the meaning of what we are searching for. We either conclude that life is meaningless or we place all our hopes in an all powerful god. He asks if life is meaningless, then what is the purpose of living? Why not commit suicide if there is no meaning? Camus describes this as living with the absurd. He suggests the idea of facing the absurd which is not coming to terms with the meaningless of life and ending it but in fact understanding the insignificance of life and living life to the fullest. Camus then compares this to the Greek myth of the Sisyphus in which Sisyphus must roll a rock up a hill for all eternity, only to have to do it all over again every time he reaches the top. He draws this similarity to his belief in the meaninglessness of life and how man must struggle everlastingly without any hope of success. Essentially The Myth of the Sisyphus is Camus way of explaining existential nihilism portraying life as being void of any intrinsic value, yet still being worth the pains of life.


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