that everything was aburd, the way akaky's obsession ws well compasionate for his job, and the way he was treated by everyone in the office.
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Because a desperate plea for compassion characterizes the entirety of the story, The Overcoat does contain a profound account of "the absurd" that is so common to "existentialist" novels. The raw fact is--and it is raw--that people are looking for something that is just not there. This is what absurdity means in this story.