The Absurd In Albert Camus's The Myth Of Sisyphus

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One concept of existentialism is the Absurd. French philosopher, Albert Camus, was concerned about the human condition. Individuals desire to have a life full of meaning, and for many people, they will devote their entire life trying to find it. However, there are downsides to the human condition, because humans seek rational answers to the philosophical questions they ask. It causes them to look at the universe and expect the universe to provide them with such answers. Even though they receive no response, they persist looking. Thus the Absurd arises. In Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus, he uses the Absurd to describe the “...confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.” (Camus 28). It describes a vicious cycle where individuals fail to find answers in the universe, but still continue looking. What humans fail to understand is that life itself is meaningless, and so is the universe. Individuals will eventually die, so whatever gives them a purpose to live, will vanish when they cease to exist. In terms of the universe, it is meaningless in a sense that it provides no fixed guidelines for how an individual should live their life. Thus, it is absurd or irrational for people to keep searching for answers to questions that the universe could not possibly provide. Applying Camus’ concept of the Absurd to Gregor’s metamorphosis shines light on the utter meaninglessness of human existence. Gregor wakes one morning only to find that he has “...been changed into a monstrous verminous bug” (Kafka 716). Through an existential perspective, the protagonist’s situation represents the Absurd. Him transforming from a human into a gigantic insect does not make sense. Yet, Gregor overlooks his condition and projects his energy towards trying to continue living a human life. He refuses to let his bug-like qualities prevent him from going to work. In one scene, Gregor is forcefully swaying his body back and forth, believing that if he could just get out of bed, he could be on his way. Once succeeding, he spends much time attempting to stand upright like a human and then grapple with opening the door by using his teeth. Eight pages later when Gregor believes he is one step closer to getting to

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