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Comparative Essay Myth and Poem of Sisyphus

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Comparative Essay Final Essay Comparing the poem on Sisyphus by Fanthorpe and the myth of Sisyphus by Camus Sisyphus was a character in ancient times. He was destined with a task by the gods, too pull a rock up a mountain and the rock would fall again and he had to do it all over again. In the poem of Sisyphus by Fanthorpe and myth by Camus, we can find differences in the way in which transmit the task of Sisyphus, the way in which they describe the rock being pulled up the hill, and through this description, the relationship with the rock and the hill. These descriptions also, in different ways transmit to our daily goals and expectations. The main thing that both texts have in common is that they both describe the rock, the hill and the task that Sisyphus has to do all the time. Even though Fanthorpe also adds the energy that Sisyphus has to use in order to push the rock up "A trivial task for a team, an engine, / a pair of horses" (Fanthorpe, 9/10). As she compares things that have power, this means the task isn't easy for Sisyphus; he has to work hard to lift the rock. ...read more.

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And Camus shows a similar reflection about life, through the description of the task, that Sisyphus had to push every part of his body, so that he could achieve what he wanted, and when the rock went down again, he followed it and didn't give up. So this tells us that everyday we face things that are difficult to us, and we continue doing them, even though it is not easy because we know that by doing them we are going to achieve our purpose one day, and we don't have to give up, because if not all that suffering was done for no reason. Complementing all I just said, the descriptions also make us feel the connection between Sisyphus, the rock and the hill. Fanthorpe transmits this by the use of personification of these objects, we feel as if they are two more characters in the poem, because they are the only company that he has during his task. "I know its every warts, its ribby ridges, its snags, / its lips". (Fanthorpe, 14/15) The "lips" (Fanthorpe, 15) of the rock show the personification because obviously rocks do not have lips, and it makes it ironic because lips are used for talking and Sisyphus has no one to talk too. ...read more.

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Because it's not "Sisyphus:" talking, it's the narrator, and so it describes everything deeply and fully. "One must imagine Sisyphus happy." (Camus, 80) Rounding up my ideas, Camus and Fanthorpe describe the rock being pulled up the hill in two different ways, Camus describes it fully and in depth whilst Fanthorpe portrays not the action but the energy needed to do it, and through this the power needed to pull the rock up the hill. They both connect to our real life experience, concentrating on the fact that we need to push our objectives up the hill in order to complete them, even thought it is not easy. And that sometimes it is easy to say what we are going to do, but difficult to do it. Fanthorpe also uses personification and stress of adjectives in order to portray the relationship between Sisyphus, the rock and the hill. Whilst Camus uses asyndeton to portray the continuity of the action, and the adjectives also show a connection. Furthermore the difference between the points of view creates different perspectives of the same myth, because Fanthorpe writes in first person, where you can get more feelings and emotions, and Camus in third person, so it focuses more on the analysis of his actions. They both give, different, sides of the same story. ...read more.

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