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Absurdism in literature (or Absurdist fiction ) usually focuses on characters or situations who can find no meaningful purpose in life. Contradictions regarding the universe and human actions are a primary theme, creating a world in which things become "humanly impossible." The search for the meaning of life is regarded...

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Absurdism in literature (or Absurdist fiction) usually focuses on characters or situations who can find no meaningful purpose in life. Contradictions regarding the universe and human actions are a primary theme, creating a world in which things become "humanly impossible." The search for the meaning of life is regarded as an impossibility, since no meaning actually exists. One philosophical definition of absurdism is that it is a

... school of thought stating that the efforts of humanity to find inherent meaning will ultimately fail (and hence are absurd), because no such meaning exists, at least in relation to the individual. As a philosophy, absurdism also explores the fundamental nature of the Absurd and how individuals, once becoming conscious of the Absurd, should react to it.

Absurdism is similar to existentialism and nihilism and, in literature, is often presented as a form of satire or dark comedy. Themes of agnosticism, surrealism and nihilism are often present. The art movements of Dada and surrealism are also based on absurdism.

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