Absurd Hero

Absurd Hero

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  • This is a panel about Sisyphus and why he is an absurd hero according to Camus's definition of absurdism. Although not all accounts of Sisyphus' story is accurate, we can still see that Sisyphus is condemned to an eternal punishment of rolling  a rock up a mountain. The gods saw this as a horrible punishment as the futility of this task is understood by Sisyphus. However, the absurdism is shown when Sisyphus is able to triumph over his punishment by becoming aware of the futility of his situation, making his situation the same as any other person
  • In the next few panels, we explain how Camus shows Mersault as an absurd hero. His absurdity is shown when Mersault talks about how he misses cigarettes, woman, and the beach, specifically going outside. 
  • Mersault is able to overcome his addiction of cigarettes within a few days by chewing on splinters of wood and overcoming the withdrawal symptoms
  • He is able to overcome his want of wanting to go outside by completely changing his mindset. It says in the book that Mersault changes his mindset of a free man to one of a person in prison. 
  • Also, it says that the only problem left after overcoming his cigarette addiction is his boredom. He is able to overcome this through "sleeping for almost 16 hours and for the rest of the day, memorized every little detail and going through his memory.
  • All these punishments that Mersault overcomes shows his as an example of an absurd hero. After a few days inside prison he loses his desire for cigarettes,  nature, and his freedom. This shows Mersault is an absurd hero as he comes to not mind his punishment just as Sisyphus triumphed over his punishment.
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