Sonntag, Dezember 11, 2005

THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS BY A. CAMUS / 2


It is said also that Sisyphus, being near to death, rashly wanted to test his wife's love :
He ordered her to cast his unburied body into the middle of the public square ...

Siysphus woke up in the underworld. And there, annoyed by an obedience so contrary to human love, he obtained from Pluto permission to return to earth in order to chastise his wife.

But when he had seen again the face of this world, enjoyed water and sun, warm stones and the sea, he no longer wanted to go back to the infernal darkness. Recalls, signs of anger, warnings were of no avail. Many years more he lived facing the curve of the gulf, the sparkling sea, and the smiles of earth. A decree of the gods was necessary. Mercury came and seized the impudent man by the collar and, snatching him from his joys, led him forcibly back to the underworld, where his rock was ready for him.

You have already grasped that Sisyphus is the absurd hero. He is, as much through his passions as through his torture. His scorn of the gods, his hatred of death, and his passion for life won him that unspeakable penalty in which the whole being is exerted toward accomplishing nothing. This is the price that must be paid for the passions of this earth.

Nothing is told us about Sisyphus in the underworld. Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.

As of this myth, one sees merely the whole effort of a body straining to raise the hudge stone, to roll it and push it up a slope a hundred times over; one sees the face screwed up, the cheek tight against the stone, the shoulder bracing the clay-covered mass, the foot wedging it, the fresh start with arms outstretched, the wholly human security of two earth-clotted hands. At the very end of his long effort measured by skyless space and time without depth, the purpose is achieved. Then Sisyphus watches the stone rush down in a few moments toward that lower world whence he will have to push it up again toward the summit. He goes back down to the plain.

It is during that return, that pause, that Sisyphus interests me.

(to be continued next Sunday)

I wish you all a great new week without any Christmas-Stress ;-)

14 Comments:

Blogger ElovesU said...

Castor,

I got your mail yesterday and i have to say that the picture u drew of me is even more beautiful in person than on the internet.

I still cant beleave I have found such a careing person as you.

ELMO~your biggest fan

6:37 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Elovesu:
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Sometimes I still think I'm dreaming but it's reality that there is now a young person living far far away from me but nevertheless quite close by my heart ...

Castor

10:17 nachm.  
Blogger Spencer said...

Well said!

3:01 nachm.  
Blogger Ryan said...

i like that pic very cool!

12:44 vorm.  
Blogger dAAve said...

I like that picture too.

No Christmas stress here. I choose to no longer create extra drama in my life.

12:52 vorm.  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

christmas stress?
NEVER!
have a great week mate!

10:49 vorm.  
Blogger Trudging said...

I am enjoying your stuff on Sisyphus.

2:34 nachm.  
Blogger sirreene said...

stressfree here!

3:21 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Spencer:
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Yes, Spencer, that's why I love Camus!

10:21 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ryan:
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Yes Ryan! This pic corresponds totally to the essay!

10:24 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Higher Powered:
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You are right ! So did I too after having recognized that's better to be myself the director of my personal comedies or tragedies than an actor in a play directed by others :-)!

10:34 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

It's nice, that you call me mate!:-)Thank you for your wishes, mate!
However,tomorrow will be Santa Claus and Rudolph Reindeer-Day again ;-)

10:39 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Trudging:
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Fine! I was right when I said once on your blog that I think you are an intellectual :-)

Here is Camus' definition of "being intellectual" :
"An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself."... And that's you :-)

10:47 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Sirreene:
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Sure, Venus never knows stress ;-)

10:49 nachm.  

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