Sisyphus was given a punishment by the gods, to push a rock up a
hill, only to have it fall down on him again. Mersault is a person
accused of murder who has spent over a year in jail. What both these
characters have come to realize is that they are forced to live in these
situations created by the gods, therefore they might as well enjoy or
get used to them.
Mersault is forced to live in a cell, without his cigarettes,
and with limited visitation rights. When this happens, Mersault recalls
what his mother told him. She said, ”One gets used to everything.” When
Mersault realizes he is not going to get out of jail, he becomes
indifferent, just like he always does, and accepts his situation,
searching for any positive aspects to his incarceration. He defies
punishment by accepting his situation and enjoying himself in jail.
Therefore, the whole point of Mersault going to jail is obliterated.
When Mersault is condemned to death, he does not act...