Myth Of Sisyphus

-- Camus

Look up EXISTENTIALISM - write a description of the philosophy, focusing on the key words

Existentialism - is a philosophy that emphasizes individualism, freedom, and choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning of life, and try to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe

Look up the idea of ABSURDITY - the ABSURD --

Absurdity - the absurd - is to be extremely unreasonable, impossible to take seriously

What is the central idea of the "Myth of Sisyphus"

The central idea of the Myth of Sisyphus is that Camus claims that there is a fundamental conflict between what we want from the universe and what we find in the universe.

What can the rock possibly signify. Take into consideration the various occurrences of the time period during which "The Myth of Sisyphus" was written, specifically The Holocaust.

The rock in "The Myth of Sisyphus" to me represents futility. The definition of futility is being incapable of producing any usefulness result; pointless. That's basically what he is doing. He's pushing the heavy rock up the hill only for it to just roll right back down. This somewhat goes hand in hand with The Holocaust because the rocks weight symbolized struggles and hardships mentally and physically just like the people in The Holocaust that struggled.

Discussion of "The Myth of Sisyphus"

In "The Myth of Sisyphus", Sisyphus himself has to roll a rock up to the top of the hill, only to have it roll back down to the bottom once it reaches the top. The gods thought that there was no punishment more cruel than the eternity of futile labor.

What is Sisyphus' Hubris (Excess in character) and Hamartia (Cause of ruin)?

Sisyphus' Hubris is that he betrayed Zeus and outsmarts the gods, because of this Hamartia he got an eternity of punishment.

What literary devices has Camus most fervently implemented into the text? What is their effect upon the text?

A literary device that is in the myth is imagery. I can image Sisyphus rolling the rock up the hill. Other literary devices are allusion, metaphor, analogy, etc.

Why is Camus' assertion that Sisyphus is indeed content with his existence not an absurd one?

Camus' assertion that Sisyphus is indeed content with his existence is not an absurd one because even though Sisyphus does not want to do this pointless task he still finds some meaning and joy in it.

Can you think of any occurrences and/or situations you have encountered within the course of your life that can relate to the Existential theory?

I can't really think of any situation that has occurred in my life that relates to the Existential theory. From what I can think of I haven't really had to do a pointless task over and over again like Sisyphus did.

What tone has Camus adopted throughout the course of this piece?

The tone that Camus has adopted throughout this piece is happy but also depressing. I say that because Sisyphus finds happiness and joy in a depressing and useless task.

Upon analyzing the text, can you determine what writing style Camus is using throughout? Use details for the text to support your inference.

I think that Camus' writing style is perspective. When he writes he always leaves you wondering and somewhat curious. I say that because we know why Sisyphus had to keep rolling the rock up the hill but why did he find happiness in doing it? Why it because he had to or because that is the only way he could get through the cruel punishment?

Most important quote from essay

"The struggle itself toward the height is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."