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Many wise men have posed the question Why is it that people do not like to be alone Well the answer to that question lies in the words of two exceptional writers Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway In Hemingways The Sun also Rises and in Camus The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus these authors explore solitude and the impact it has on peoples lives and on happiness in general It is suggested in all three of these works that happiness is most present in those few moments when people are alone with themselves Solitude however is not the only link in the chain of happiness running through these three works The only other thing that makes Sisyphus Jake Barnes and Monsieur Meursault happy is the very world they live in All three value nature and pure things more than anything else in life To find real happiness they look toward this not the manufactured satisfaction most look towards In Hemingways The Sun also Rises Jake Barnes is a man who seeks happiness in all the wrong places He is hopelessly in love with Brett Ashley a scandalous woman who will never fall for Jake because she has given up on true love Jake doesnt see this because he is too lost in his love for her He never feels happiness when he is with her because even though she says she loves him she will never see him as anything but Jake Barnes The only time in the novel that Jake is truly happy is when he is alone and when he is fishing with Bill Knowing this one is forced to ask why when Brett is the only love in his life is he happier alone than he is with her The answer is simple It is only when he is alone that his mind can wander The world is in his hands and best of all His fate belongs to him Camus
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