In "The Myth of Sisyphus," what is the role of the consciousness in shaping the character of Sisyphus? And what do you think is the value it presents?
As Camus sees it, the role of consciousness is absolutely vital to the shaping of Sisyphus's character; in fact, it elevates him to the status of a hero. On the face of it, the character and his situation of eternally rolling a rock up a hill only to have it drop back again, appears absurd and even wholly ridiculous. Sisyphus has, of course, generally been used as a symbol of the absurd, the sense of the ultimate meaninglessness of all human life and endeavour - a sentiment which recurs in the work of many modern writers. However, as Camus pictures it, it is Sisyphus's awareness of the futility of his situation that actually makes him superior to it, because it engenders a spirit of defiance in him. He knows he is condemned to an eternity of performing the same useless task, over and over again,...
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