Heroism of Absurdist Philosophy in Camus’ Three Works


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A Character Analysis of Heroism in the Philosophy of Absurd in The Plague in relation to The Myth of Sisyphus and The Stranger by Albert Camus
This literary study examines Camus’ philosophy of absurd in relation to the heroic figure of Dr. Rieux in the novel The Plague. Dr. Rieux is a character that plays an important in altering city officials of the bubonic plague to and to quarantine the city, yet they take action far too late. Camus is defining the absurdity of existence in the continual heroism that Dr. Rieux must face during the plague via his continual faith in the “nothingness” of existence that is described in relation to suicide in The Myth of Sisyphus. In this meaningless cycle of life via absurdism, Camus also reflects how...
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.....nd Meursault characterize in The Plague and The Stranger. When Dr. Rieux realizes that rationale and logic is absent in defense of the town from the plague, he continues to serve his patients even under hopeless circumstances. Also being confronted by the nothingness that Meursault faces in his murder charge, he refuses to find sanctuary in religion. Camus defines these attributes of the confrontation of nothingness and meaninglessness in human life as described in The Myth of Sisyphus that describe heroic blind faith brought forth in these fictional characters.
Works Cited
Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays. New York: Vintage, 1991.
---. The Plague. New York: Vintage, 1991.
---. The Stranger. New York: random House, 1989.