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Sisyphus was given a punishment by the gods to push a rock up a hill only to have it fall down on him again Mersault is a person accused of murder who has spent over a year in jail What both these characters have come to realize is that they are forced to live in these situations created by the gods therefore they might as well enjoy or Mersault is forced to live in a cell without his cigarettes and with limited visitation rights When this happens Mersault recalls what his mother told him She said One gets used to everything When Mersault realizes he is not going to get out of jail he becomes indifferent just like he always does and accepts his situation searching for any positive aspects to his incarceration He defies punishment by accepting his situation and enjoying himself in jail Therefore the whole point of Mersault going to jail is obliterated When Mersault is condemned to death he does not act surprised although he wishes he did not have to die After a while he also accepts that It does not matter to him that he is dying so long as he is dying for a Sisyphus is damned for eternity to roll a rock up a hill If he were to view his fate decreed upon him as punishment for the rest of forever then he would only sicken an already terminally ill situation speaking metaphorically of course Sisyphus starts to find meaning in his work starts to enjoy his work almost to take pride in his work Mersault is like Sysiphus in many ways The only real notable difference is that Sisyphus has been punished by the gods whereas Mersault does not believe in god Mersault is indifferent to his situation as is Sisyphus as apparent from Camus description Mersault and Sisyphus both expressed a love for life Mersaults heart jumped at the idea of being pardoned Sisyphus
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