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Sisyphus


Frederick Karl referred to Kafka as like Sisyphus:  "The man who struggled to reach the heights only to be thrown down to the depths embodied all of Kafka’s aspirations..."
  Greek mythology:  a king in ancient Greece who offended Zeus and whose punishment was to roll a huge boulder to the top of a steep hill; each time the boulder neared the top it rolled back down and Sisyphus was forced to start again
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As a result of the legend, the expression "Sisyphean task" refers to an endless, futile task.
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  • Frederick Karl referred to Kafka as like Sisyphus:  "The man who struggled to reach the heights only to be thrown down to the depths embodied all of Kafka’s aspirations..."
  • What would not a man give, O judges, to be able to examine the leader of the great Trojan expedition; or Odysseus or Sisyphus, or numberless others, men and women too!
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • And lastly—I realize that this is the kind of deep and thoughtful question you always hoped your readers would ask—what becomes of Sisyphus the Hamster?
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Sisyphus had thrown his rock there and Job his potsherd.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • In the old days, a guy named Sisyphus tricked Death and tied him up.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • I could just make out a tiny hill, with the ant-size figure of Sisyphus struggling to move his boulder to the top.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Miss Ophelia, in a few days, thoroughly reformed every department of the house to a systematic pattern; but her labors in all departments that depended on the cooperation of servants were like those of Sisyphus or the Danaides.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • STEPHEN: (Catches sight of Lynch’s and Kitty’s heads) Hail, Sisyphus.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Deo had been greatly taken with the myth of Sisyphus when he’d encountered it at Columbia.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I was beginning to feel like Sisyphus.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched

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  • "Winds are capricious all through there—that’s why it’s called the Sisyphus Triangle.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • …high aloft,
    pomegranates and pears, and apples glowing red,
     
    succulent figs and olives swelling sleek and dark,
    but as soon as the old man would strain to clutch them fast
    a gust would toss them up to the lowering dark clouds.
    And I saw Sisyphus too, bound to his own torture,
    grappling his monstrous boulder with both arms working,
    heaving, hands struggling, legs driving, he kept on
    thrusting the rock uphill toward the brink, but just
    as it teetered, set to topple over-
    time…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I don’t know who Sisyphus is.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • I think he wanted to be like Sisyphus, because Sisyphus was crafty and sneaky and always causing trouble for the Society and the Officials.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Right, and also of course what fate awaited Sisyphus the Hamster.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I think he wanted to be like Sisyphus, because Sisyphus was crafty and sneaky and always causing trouble for the Society and the Officials.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • "There’s a story about how Sisyphus once asked an Official to show him how a weapon worked and then he turned it on the Official."
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • If the story ends well for Sisyphus, maybe it can end well for Ky.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • "I see," I say, realizing why our hikes on the little hill reminded Ky of Sisyphus.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Anna’s mom, the Dutch Tulip Man, Sisyphus the Hamster, I mean, just—what happens to everyone.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Christine and Anna played with Sisyphus in a few scenes.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • "Who’s Sisyphus?"
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Who would blame Sisyphus and Jean Valjean for saying: "It is enough!"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Sisyphus and the rock," I say, remembering.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Did Sisyphus have to do this, too?
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Something stands out to me, one piece of information lodges in my sorting brain: Sisyphus River.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • I point to the Sisyphus River on the map, one tiny black thread of hope running along the paper.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • I have equipment now: blue tablets, the artifact called a compass, knowledge of the Sisyphus River, memories of a grandfather who did not go gentle.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • I can’t believe he imagined a future for Sisyphus the Hamster but not for Anna’s mom.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • My father mentioned a particular work detail he had in mind: hard farming, planting an experimental winter crop in a Western Province through which the river of Sisyphus runs.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • I watched TV in bed and checked my email and then after a while started crafting an email to Peter Van Houten about how I couldn’t come to Amsterdam but I swore upon the life of my mother that I would never share any information about the characters with anyone, that I didn’t even want to share it, because I was a terribly selfish person, and could he please just tell me if the Dutch Tulip Man is for real and if Anna’s mom marries him and also about Sisyphus the Hamster.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Don’t forget Sisyphus the Hamster," Augustus added.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • "The Society decided that they needed to give Sisyphus a punishment, a special one, because he dared to think he could be as clever as one of them, when he wasn’t an Official, or even a citizen.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Sisyphus [7] , centaur [2] , Titans [5] , Cassandra [6] , Pegasus [6] , Agamemnon [7] , Hera [7] , Minotaur [7] , Pan [9] , centaur [2] , Hercules [3] , Medusa [4] , Pandora [4] , Cyclops [5] , Oedipus [5] , Titans [5] , Cassandra [6] , Midas [6] , Nemesis [6] , Pegasus [6] , Adonis [7] , Agamemnon [7] , Hera [7] , Hydra [7] , Minotaur [7] , Orpheus [8] , Cerberus [9] , Daedalus [9] , Pan [9]
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