The process of estrangement and realization in which Meursault experiences can be seen through the varying aspects of his point of view during vital events in the novel. His commentary, realization, and embracing reaction all convey Meursault’s growth and acknowledgement as a stranger in society. By using Meursault’s narration and characterization, Camus provides a commentary on society’s standards and ruthless behavior towards those unlike the majority. Camus utilizes first person point of view to include Meursault’s unconventional and nonconformist ideas about normality and religion to reinforce him as the stranger of
Camus projects his own philosophy onto Meursault, and declares, “I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world” (Camus and Ward 122), approaching life as how Absurdism facilitates. Nothing matters beyond what is immediate and physical and real, and any attempts to rationalize the chaotic indifference of the world through religion, ethics, or law are as pointless as life
He also utilized symbols in order for the reader to find significance in divergent objects that would have otherwise been ignored. He then provided various things for the reader to have in order to parallel and further understand Meursault’s characterization as well as the vital transitions. Camus used figurative language, motifs, and Meursault’s development throughout the last passage in order for the reader to fully comprehend the work as a whole. Camus properly produced various aspects in his craft in order to contribute to the meaning of Meursault’s characterization in relation to the work as well as towards the previous novels, plays, and dramas that the reader has read and will read. Camus’s craft is indeed unique which made Meursault a unique character due to how he was introduced in the work as well as how he was
Children experience death in many ways-whether it is a loss of a family member, friend or pet. Death has a tremendous impact on children and often generates what is referred to as a grief reaction (Corr, 2003), they way they respond to a loss. Discussing death with children can be a real concern and many tend to avoid it. Death is however an inevitable part of life and it is our responsibility to ensure our children are aware of it and know it’s okay to discuss it. If we introduce children to the topic of death, we can give them needed information, prepare them for a crisis, and help them when they are upset.
The significance of Meursault's acknowledgment of his voice symbolizes his understanding of himself. This is also a reflection of the time frame in which the story was written.When Camus composed the novel, he created a philosophy of absurdity that is reflected upon Meursault and his actions. Since the 1940’s, the era of absurdity, being seen as indifferent really had an impact on the way one was looked upon and had an effect on the individual for being looked as strange.Up to this point, Meursault carried on with his existence without the acknowledgment of himself or his voice. This huge change demonstrates Meursault's start to appreciate himself, his perspectives or beliefs, and his life as he is in jail.Meursault now has more control of himself and is able to realize why he is the way that he is and why he should not care about what others think. Meursault's endless days in jail affirms his acknowledgment
Albert Camus, a French existentialist philosopher, believes that an individual who is unsatisfied with life will attempt to reject and try to find meaning elsewhere. One of Camus’ themes of thought was the absurd. “The absurd expresses a fundamental disharmony, a tragic incompatibility, in our existence.” (Feiser ) This view gives an individual the ability to use “free will” in order to pursue a life void of meaning. Addie Burden, in William Faulkner’s book As I Lay Dying, is portrayed as a character with a cold and bitter heart. She is a women who appears to be void of any emotional attachment, lack of nurture for anyone around her, especially her children, and a strong hatred that seems to permeate her whole being.
I was truly fortunate and blessed to have met your Mom. Now, your Mom and I will be together again in a better place. With God’s grace, we will have his love and serenity. And someday the three of us will be together again. Until then, please let your sadness and sorrow passes away and let yourself smile and live joyfully with your family, and to thank God for his blessing.
Grandmother: Yes, honey they are for you. I just wanted to give them to you before the meeting and let you know how very proud I am of you and wish your father could have lived to see this day. He died while you were still living. Terry: (Getting emotional with teary eyes) Yes, mom I miss daddy too. Grandmother: Terry, I have watched you blossom from the person you use to be to the beautiful woman you are today.
1.4 Albert Camus Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a French writer, journalist and philosopher. He is best known for his contribution to the development of the philosophy of the absurd. His well-known works The Stranger (1942) and The Plague (1947), amongst others, exemplify his idea of absurdism, and his magnum opus, an essay titled The Myth of Sisyphus encompasses all his major philosophical ideas. Camus most certainly did not see himself as an existentialist, and unlike Heidegger and Sartre he showed little interest in metaphysics and ontology. In The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus addresses his idea of the absurd and its implications for man, with an emphasis on suicide and its justification.