Analysis Of Albert Camus's Myth Of Sisyphus

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Among the many casualties of World War II was the surviving populace’s faith in the previously unshakable institutions they had defined so much of their life around. Formerly vaunted, unquestionable axes of life - religion, national pride, community life - had been irreversibly stripped of their unquestioned status. One would assume that the dissipation of such illusions would be up the alley of part-time philosopher and full-time writer Albert Camus, who had eloquently laid out his opinions on such human constructs in his Myth of Sisyphus. Much like the cursed king of Greek myth, man’s search for meaning in an absurd world was an endless and fruitless task, doomed to go on forever. Abandoning reason to place one’s faith in an imaginary God or supposedly immutable calling was a worthless effort: one should embrace their own life and live it within one’s own boundaries. Paradoxically enough, the descent of the Nazi war machine upon Europe, and with it the rejection of those leaps of faith, caused camus Myth and devoted himself to resisting the terror of Fascism, a struggle symbolically represented in his novel La Peste (The Plague) by the sleepy Algerian town of Oran and its struggle against a deadly outbreak. In a sense, Camus moved past the personal and perpetual rebellion against the Absurd to confront a ephemeral and collective threat no less existential. Unlike the lone absurd hero of the Myth, who much like Sisyphus we must imagine to be happy even in the face of
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