Here is a set of lines from the book 'A Happy Death ' by 'Albert Camus' : 'In the past, whenever Mersault had spent any time with one woman, he made the first gestures of commitment, he was conscious of the disastrous fact that love and desire must be expressed in the same way, and he would think about the end of the affair before even taking her in his arms.' I want to know what Camus meant by the disastrous fact that love and desire must be expressed in the same way?
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In general, A Happy Death (1936-38), as well as the following Camus' novel : The Stranger (1942), which share with the previous one the title character : Mersault, revolves around the attempt to make sense of life, despite its absurdity (i.e. llack of sense, of meaning).
The basic questions are : are money, love, success, the way to "give sense" to life ?
Is suicide the only response to absurdity ?
Or, in the end, the only way to face absurdity is to live the human condition, becoming conscious of it?
In this context, the quoted passage means : is love only "animal" desire ? If so, it seems that love cannot "give sense" to human life.