Freedom In Albert Camus's The Myth Of Sisyphus

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Freedom

People follow same standard steps from birth till the end. We go to kindergarten then to

school. Later we enter university and live with the desire of to find a good job and to make a

better life. Do we do these things, because we really want it? In fact, this is just expectations of

society that most people think they should follow. Albert Camus, philosopher and writer, claims

that with living almost the same lives with others and with following the society we just repress

ourselves. In his essay "The Myth of Sisyphus", he acknowledges that person can be free with

accepting the Absurd. People who follow the expectations of society repress their freedom,

because they are not aware that they are ruled by society.
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absurd, Camus explains, forces itself upon a person who desires to find absolutes by which to

guide his or her life but finds that the world is not reasonable. There may be a meaning to
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However, the absurd man is determined to reject all of these

expectations on him. The only freedom the absurd man can know is the freedom he experiences:

the freedom to think and to act as he chooses. By abandoning the idea that he has some role to

fulfill, the absurd man attains the freedom of taking each moment of life as it strikes him, free of

preconceptions or prejudices.

"The Guest" of the Albert Camus, follows the story of Daru. He is a schoolteacher who lives

on a remote plateau. We see from the beginning of the story that Daru lives alone but he does not

feel lonely. He is even grateful for his solitude and for living in the cruel desert. One day Daru

watches two men approach his schoolhouse. One of the men was Balducci, a friend of Daru and

he leads an Arab prisoner who has been accused of murdering his cousin. Balducci has been

ordered to bring the Arab to Daru, and then return immediately to his post. Likewise, Daru has

orders to turn in the prisoner to police headquarters. Daru refuses this task, considering it

dishonorable, because he does not know that he is guilty or not. Balducci agrees with the

schoolmaster, but insists that in war men must be prepared to do many different jobs.

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