Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Class Discussion- The Myth of Sisyphus.

The Myth of Sisyphus.

In “The Myth of Sisyphus” by Albert Camus, the author expresses his believes using a vocabulary that makes the imagination create different point of view about Sisyphus. The author explains how life itself is meaningless and absurd because men do the same things everyday, not realizing it. Men’s work does not take them anywhere because they do not have any purpose. To express this, Camus uses Sisyphus as an example. Sisyphus goes up rolling the rock, not thinking anything about the work he is doing, he does not realize neither he finds a meaning for the effort he is putting into pushing up the rock. When he is almost on the summit, he sees the rock fall down again, and at that point is when he realizes that his work does not have any purpose. It is at this point that Camus focuses on Sisyphus punishment. Only when a man realizes the efforts he is putting into something that is not taking him anywhere is when he becomes aware that his life does not have any meaning, “but it is tragic only at the rare moments when it becomes conscious” (3). Sisyphus seemed to not have any clue of what was going to happen when he got to the summit. He did not realize how much effort he had putting into rolling the rock until he saw it come back down again without even reaching the top. Through this imagery of Sisyphus rolling his rock up toward the summit without any purpose just to see come back down again, Camus explains how meaningless any work is because at last it will not take the person anywhere.

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