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Mersault Sisyphus Sisyphus was given a punishment by the gods to push a rock up ahill only to have it fall down on him again Mersault is a personaccused of murder who has spent over a year in jail What both thesecharacters have come to realize is that they are forced to live in thesesituations created by the gods therefore they might as well enjoy orget used to them Mersault is forced to live in a cell without his cigarettesand with limited visitation rights When this happens Mersault recallswhat his mother told him She said One gets used to everything WhenMersault realizes he is not going to get out of jail he becomesindifferent just like he always does and accepts his situationsearching for any positive aspects to his incarceration He defiespunishment by accepting his situation and enjoying himself in jailTherefore the whole point of Mersault going to jail is obliteratedWhen Mersault is condemned to death he does not act surprised althoughhe wishes he did not have to die After a while he also accepts that Itdoes not matter to him that he is dying so long as he is dying for apurpose Sisyphus is damned for eternity to roll a rock up a hill If hewere to view his fate decreed upon him as punishment for the rest offorever then he would only sicken an already terminally ill situationspeaking metaphorically of course Sisyphus starts to find meaning inhis work starts to enjoy his work almost to take pride in his worklike a true laborer Mersault is like Sysiphus in many ways The only real notabledifference is that Sisyphus has been punished by the gods whereasMersault does not believe in god Mersault is indifferent to hissituation as is Sisyphus as apparent from Camus description Mersaultand Sisyphus both expressed a love for life Mersault s heart jumped atthe idea of being pardoned Sisyphus
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