Whilst reading The Stranger, we were asked to read the essay The Myth of Sisyphus, written by none other than Albert Camus. Obviously not a coincidence, I think it's important to look at how the essay relates to the novel. The essay in itself appears to be another indirect message about existentialism. But why does this matter to the story?
After a brief summary of Sisyphus' predicament, Camus analyzes how Sisyphus might find meaning in his seemingly pointless life. What is this starting to sound like? Camus ends the piece with a statement eerily similar to the end of The Stranger. "The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy" (28). The puzzlement the reader might feel seems to be identical when hearing this quote: "I felt that I had been happy...I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate" (122-123). I think that through studying The Myth of Sisyphus more closely, a more concise theme can be derived regarding Camus' sentiments on existentialism.
My questions would be: What is the theme of The Myth of Sisyphus? Are there differences between the theme of The Myth of Sisyphus and The Stranger? If so, what are they and what can be revealed about how Camus truly feels?