The Prison of Life

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Throughout the eons, man, known as the most inquisitive of creatures, had always sought the meaning of life. The answer had varied; to an altruistic person, man was made to serve the common good wheras to a Douglas Adams fan, the answer was merely 42. Philosophers dedicated their lives for the meaning of life and the reason for our existence here on Earth. Unlike other philosophers such as John Locke and Ayn Rand, famed writer Albert Camus believed that life had no meaning. According to Camus, life was, simply stated, absurd. Camus asserted three main tenets of his philosophy, coined Absurdism. Camus believed that this is the only world humans would ever know and this world is indifferent and aloof to our existence. Furthermore, he…show more content…
The Absurdist notion that this world, indifferent and aloof to our existence, is shown when Meursault, an epitomy of apathy, realizes he loves life but hated by others who do not care about his plight or worries. After long days of proceedings, Meursault is condemned to die for killing an Arab. During the return trip to the prison, Meursault sees “all the familiar sounds of a town [he] loved and of a certain time of day where [he] used to feel happy” (97). He misses that life before prison, when he was free. At this point, so close to death, Meursault regrets that he did not take the time to enjoy life before. He feels that his situation is sad and pointless, as he feels that there might be no hope for his freedom. Meursault also blames himself for not noticing what criminals did to escape the justice system. He blames himself every time “for not having paid enough attention to accounts of execution. A man should always take an interest in these things” (108). After Meursault receives the verdict of death, he blames himself for not having taken an interest in stories of people who have been condemned to death but who managed the escape that fate. In his past life, Meursault would never have taken an interest in anything, his apathetic character acting as a barrier. However, in his current predicament, the merest evidence of a fugitive from the law would capture his attention explicitly. If so, his “heart would have taken

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