Making Sense of the Absurdity of Life in Camus’s the Myth of Sisyphus

By Ashkan Shobeiri, Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya and Arbaayah Ali Termizi.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In his philosophical essay The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus delineates the concept of the Absurd in his attempt to provide some explanation on the absurdity of life in postmodern view. Camus derives the truth of absurdity in human life from a gap between an innate human desire for clarity and the irrationality of the world. Camus talks about the emotional and intellectual appearance of The Absurd when death annihilates all one’s desires for immortality. There is a “bad fit” between human and the world; while one is looking for clarity in the world, yet the irrational world is totally indifferent to one’s demands. The Absurd arises when there is no compatibility between the human and an irrational, unreasonable, and indifferent universe. As the term ‘‘absurd” is always considered problematic and difficult to be discussed and defined, a critical review of Camus’s concept of The Absurd in The Myth of Sisyphus is necessary to give a clearer picture of Camus’s philosophical ideas as well as provide readers with tangible insights of the term. This effort is seen as an attempt to “make sense” of the absurdity of life in connection to one’s existence.

Keywords: Absurdity, Albert Camus, The Myth of the Sisyphus

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.203MB).

Dr Ashkan Shobeiri

Postgraduate Researcher, Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ashkan Shobeiri is a graduate of Azad Universities of Roodehen and Karaj, Iran in the field of English Literature. His M.A. research was on Determinism and Tragic Elements in Edith Wharton’s Major Novels. He is a graduate research assistant at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, UPM and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in English Literature on Absurdism in Selected Works by Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is involved in several researches dealing with literature & culture, psychoanalysis & literature, literature in ESL, and diasporic literature.

Dr. Arbaayah Ali Termizi

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


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