A comparison between "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus and "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

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"The Myth of Sisyphus" and "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" present the criticism of society by using a writing style called existentialism. The Myth of Sisyphus and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich show existentialism in different ways using imagery, conflict, and mood. Existentialism is a 20th century philosophical movement, based on personal responsibility for acts, absence in the judgment of right and wrong, and individual freedom of choice. There will be numerous accounts of existentialist writing, which will have similar thoughts with the main character. These books will use imagery and symbolism to demonstrate existentialism. The Myth of Sisyphus shows how a man is punished by the gods and is sentenced to pushing a rock up a mountain for all eternity. This book symbolizes happiness as a way of life. There are some references to individualist lifestyles. These two stories show the struggle for anarchist, individualist, and existentialist to be able to be successful in their hopes to be able to have freedom of choices in all different types of ways, but it is a unrealistic theory to be able to be anarchist and have no government with no justice.

These two books have common themes and criticize traditional society's ways and rituals using existentialism, which promotes the importance of individual self-choice.

The meaning of what Sisyphus constantly does is the same as the meaning of what mean and women constantly do in their lives; the meaning is nothing. Sisyphus is forced to roll a heavy rock up the mountain only to find that it rolls all the way back down and making top to the bottom of mountain, Sisyphus is in a stage of consciousness. He knows what his fate is and he accepts it. Learning from Sisyphus's attitude,