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Absurdity is defined as that which is contrary to reason clearly untrue unreasonable or ridiculous It is often a topic in existentialist writings relating to life This subject is prevalent in Camus The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus Camus depicts absurdity bringing about happiness or indifference in each of these literary worksIn The Myth of Sisyphus it is made clear that Sisyphus is aware that his existence is absurd He is sentenced to an eternity of rolling a boulder up a steep mountain only to let it roll back down when it reaches its peak His tragedy lies in the fact that he is conscious of the extent of his own misery He is the ultimate absurd there is no death at the end of his struggle and he knows thisThe last sentence in this essay is in itself absurd after describing the dilemma that Sisyphus eternally faces Camus exclaims One must imagine Sisyphus happy This paradoxical statement is upheld because he does recognize the absurdity of the situation He is left refusing to hope knowing that there is nothing to hope for and to live solely with what is known Sisyphus redemption is seen in his ongoing struggle against the absurdIn The Stranger Mersault does not realize his absurd situation until the end of the novel It is illustrated however in his indifference toward life and lack of emotion throughout In the beginning of the novel Mersault is seen as a detached observer of life who is devoted to appreciating sensation His physical wants and needs such as smoking sleep and sex overpower his reason and feeling He has neither a past nor a future he lives eternally in the presentHis indifference is realized almost immediately after his mothers funeral he exclaims It occurred to me that Maman was buried now that I was going back to work and that really nothing had changed The only guilt he felt was that he didnt
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