Is Life Worth Living?

In Albert Camus ‘the “Myth of Sisyphus“, he argues that life is meaningless and not worth living. Sisyphus represents humanity and his punishment represents the daily struggles of life as a human. You could conclude that Sisyphus is happy because he accepted his punishment and decided to climb up the hill with rock everyday, knowing he wouldn’t reach the top and it would fall down. At the end of the story ,Camus says, “The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

In conclusion, Camus thinks that life is meaningless, but doesn’t respond to Sisyphus’s sheer will to push the rock up the hill everyday, knowing it would fall down. This shows that mankind may have a meaning. The struggle to climb the hill everyday was a fulfilling task that could make Sisyphus happy. This is because he had a purpose or a task that could be inferred to a meaningful life rather than a meaningless one. This relates to us because the knowledge of failure is like to death and human life. Meaning, we know that we are going to die one day, but we still try to live.

Disconnection and Overwhelming Feeling Of Grief.

In Part 1 of the novel, The Stranger, Meursault’s mother had passed and he had gone on with life, like nothing had happened. To loose someone that important in your life, without shedding a tear, was deteriorating to his mental health.The obvious disconnect from society and overwhelming feeling of grief caused Meursault to not confront his feelings. He couldn’t face the fact that his mother had been dead, so he acted as if he didn’t care, “Mama died today. Or yesterday, I don’t know”(Camus 3).

He seemed to be careless towards strong and overpowering emotions throughout the story. While maintaining a sustainable, almost happy, life. Meursault gets into a relationship with a woman named Marie. He has a hard time confronting his emotions and passion for her, if any at all. Also, when his friend, Raymond, wanted to hurt a woman, he felt no remorse. This ties to the overall theme that Mersault either has a strong emotional disconnect with society, or that he believes life is meaningless.