Through the use of diction, Meursault perceives life is meaningless, which leads him to have the absence of strong bonding with acquaintance around him. He indicates that he lacks empathy from personal and social level. Meursault is a simple man who lives his life in a stickler type and changes annoy him. As the novel introduces Meursault mother being dead, he shows lack of concern and a burden to visit his mother for the last time. “Maman died today...I don’t know … everything will have a more official feel” (Camus 3).
A man’s relationship with his mother tells all about what kind of person he may be. The first sentence of the novel states “Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know”(3). Meursault is apathetic and does not know the day that his mother died, and does not bother to find out. It is automatically obvious that Meursault is alienated from his mother and does not have a connection with her.
In the beginning they argue over which place they are to buy a gift for Mary’s niece, then as it progresses they admonish each other for their addictions; Ray, his smoking, and Mary, her obsession with junk food. The couple talks much, but listens little to each other. Ray disregards his wife and her wants while prioritizing his own wants. Mary unexpectedly dies and the story ends with Ray acting like her death means freedom for him to smoke and do whatever he wants which is essentially smoking away his problems. In a similarly mundane short story, “Cathedral” by Ray Carver, a judgmental man with no name is the narrator.
However, it is essential to him that he is happy to be different and have his own interpretation of the world that he is living in. The narrator thinks that human has no value and we all absurd because we are living in a world of absurdity. Meursault is free from worry, he does not show any importance towards his mom’s death, he does not want to see his mom’s body, which is absurd that everyone wants to see their loved ones for the last time when they die. Nonetheless, not Meursault, he does not live his life fully and he does not appreciate what he possesses, he is a lack of sentiment and emotion. The reason he shoots the Arab man and what lesson the process through the trial teaches him.
He realized… “It occurred to me that anyway one more Sunday was over, that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed. “ (Camus, 24) Explicate This shows how little importance he allowed his mother to have in his life. This further accentuates that he had given up her place in his life, which plays into the elements of philosophical suicide. He acted as if her death changed nothing, as if she was insignificant. The significance he places with her position in his life is partially his fault, because that’s all he allowed her to be.
Which shows that he didn’t learn anything, if you suppose that the Inspector was a ghoul trying to warn their family, he failed. Birling is more concerned about the scandal that can be occurring and him not getting the Knighthood. Whereas Sheila seems really upset, almost disappointed in her parents as they still don’t understand that actions cause consequences. Even when Gerald helps to figure out that it wasn’t a real police inspector, Mr. and Mrs. Birling feel relieved as act as if nothing has happened, but Sheila notices that even if no one died, they all did what they did and should not be happy about
Through this conversation, the narrator gained respect and insight on Sonny's life in the times that he was not there. Sonny was cryptic in his speaking at first but eventually made it very clear to his brother and even said, "the reason I wanted to leave Harlem so bad was to get away from drugs" (89). The narrator does not have much to say, but ultimately blames all of this on the "vivid, killing streets of [their] childhood" (73), that neither of them had truly escaped. He once thought they both had, him by becoming a teacher and Sonny by simply not living in Harlem for years, but in this moment, he realizes that not much has really changed - they still faced those streets, the only difference now was that they knew what they inherit. Sonny convinced his brother to come watch him play - the narrator knowing he could not possibly say no.
Albert Camus’s absurd novel, The Stranger, considers human existence to have no rational meaning as the protagonist in the novel behaves cold-heartedly and detached toward the world he lives in. There are two significant themes that exist throughout the novel, passivity and religion. The theme passivity is portrayed when the main character Meursault received a telegram that his mother had passed away at her nursing home, and his thoughts when he saw this telegram were, “Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know” (Camus and Ward 1). Meursault’s treated his mother’s death with a casual demeanor almost seeming uninterested.
Meursault demonstrates his difficulty with relationships when he says “Maman died today” but also thinks it could be the day before (3). The fact that Meursault is not sure exactly when his mother died introduces his differences from society. Marie is the women that Meursault is romantically involved with, but he experiences difficulty in telling her how he feels about her. Throughout the novel Marie asks Meursault if he loves her, but he always answers saying “it didn’t mean anything” and
Crane generally refers to a tool to aid old man to walk. In this film, it represents the lack of security. The death of Carl’s wife destroys the original feeling balance in his heart. Since his wife died , crane is always with Carl. The fact shows that he is not really in need of crane but in need of a balance between the inner world and the actual world.