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09/22/2009

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I would say that they are two different mediums through which to arrive at the same theme. Although the details may be different, and The Stranger is more of a 'show' and Sisyphus more of a 'tell', I think that they have the same theme.

I would argue that the theme of The Myth of Sisyphus is that life is the meaning of life, since one can be happy while occupied by tasks that have no other meaning. I'm not sure this is exactly the same as the theme of The Stranger. It seems like The Stranger also deals with society's reaction to people like Meursault, but The Myth of Sisyphus contains no description of society (unless you count the gods).

It's interesting that Patrick McCarthy (in the Stranger packet) says that The Stranger is Camus's first foray into existentialism, and he develops his ideology further in The Myth of Sisyphus.

I think you make a good point, the image of Sisyphus is an appropriate metaphor the human condition as Camus depicts it in The Stranger. Just as Camus says we must imagine Sisyphus happy with his situation, Meursault makes his peace with his own situation.

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