The Myth of Sisyphus

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In "The Myth of Sisyphus", Albert Camus illustrates that life has no ultimate meaning, but humans on earth can still be happy though they accomplish nothing. The idea is illustrated by the tale of an absurd hero, Sisyphus's punishment of rolling rock constantly and eternally is connected with the goals of all humans in their lives. By contacting this mythical tale and the real world, Camus expresses his idea of existentialism.

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 all his work for nothing. This is the similar to human life, through all the activities and events throughout human lives, men and women merely accomplish nothing in the end.

People work hard and try to achieve their goals, but these goals are meaningless in the whole time that makes up their life.

The existence of Sisyphus is also the same as the existence of humans; they are all absurd heroes. Although people try hard to succeed and accomplish things during their lives, but tin the end, they die without every solving the problems they once faced. This is similar to how Sisyphus would endlessly try to accomplish his goal of getting the rock to the top of the mountain buy only to have it roll back down again. Both Sisyphus and humans on earth are blinded by false goals and expectations, which could never be achieved. Sisyphus's punishment is the same as what many people doing on earth.

However, even though every time after the stone reaches the top of the mountain, it will roll back, Sisyphus...