Albert Camus

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French writer who portrayed the human condition as isolated in an absurd world (1913-1960)


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Although it stays unclear what caused the miracle, the grandfather's open and seeing eyes that acknowledge the absurd world suggest the late birth of another absurd hero in the Mecklin family.
For an absurd hero, the "game of belief" is the most dangerous one, as it needs two absolutely equal players who have already reconciled themselves to the absurd world.
Turin is an Absurd Hero if, like Sisyphus, the curse upon him is inescapable and taking his own life is but an unavoidable incident within the process of toil that is inescapably overshadowed by the curse.
In contrast, Turin is not an Absurd Hero if his death is indeed suicide, implying despair and a rejection of his own self-preservation instincts (in which case, he is Byronic).
The Absurd Hero does not commit suicide because suicide is the action of the victimized and of the guilty: "[K]illing yourself amounts to confessing.
The proposition is established: if Turin's death is suicide, he is a Byronic Hero; if his death is not suicide, he is an Absurd Hero.
The Absurd Hero is one who recognizes the bleakness and hopelessness of the world, but embraces it, not only to spite it, but blankly because there is nothing else he can do; "suicide" is unthinkable and implausible.