AVClub: The story of Sisyphus is a story of futility. In Greek myth, Sisyphus was a human king known for his cleverness and greed; in life, he cheated and schemed and pissed off the gods, even managing to trap Death itself. For all his accomplishments, he was rewarded in the afterlife with a punishment that seems to summarize the width and breadth of human ambition. There’s a hill, and a boulder, and every day, the former king has to push the boulder up the hill. Every night, the boulder rolls back down.