Learning from Myths and Metaphors
Chapter 1. Teachers as Absurd Heroes: Camus’ Sisyphus and the Promise of Rebellion
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TEACHERS AS ABSURD HEROES: CAMUS’ SISYPHUS AND THE PROMISE OF REBELLION1
Albert Camus’ essay The Myth of Sisyphus portrays the mortal Sisyphus who was condemned by the Greek gods to perpetually roll a boulder to the top of a mountain, upon which the rock would roll all the way back down the slope of its own weight. Sisyphus was forced to repeat this process indefinitely, which the gods viewed as the most futile and dreadful of all punishments. Camus considered Sisyphus the absurd hero and noted that:
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