“I knew that I had shattered the harmony of the day, the exceptional silence of the beach where I’d been happy. Then I fired four more times at the motionless body where the bullets lodged without leaving a trace. And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness” (59). Meursault has no remorse, he does not feel guilty for what he did. “I didn’t feel much remorse for what I’d done.
Thus, in the opening lines, Meursault is “not presented as a son mourning for his mum” (Shobeiri), which is pivotal in understanding Meursault’s role as an absurd man. Before and during the vigil, “Meursault’s senselessness and indifference to everything except physical sensations are noticeable” (Shobeiri). Before the vigil, Meursault desires a cigarette, but hesitates because he is unsure as to whether he should do it in front of his dead mother or not. He decides to have the smoke after saying “it didn’t matter” (Camus 8). Meursault’s slight desire to have a smoke was more important to him than showing respect for his recently deceased mother.
Camus says, “She asked me if I loved her. I said that sort of question had no meaning” (44). First Meursault barely blinks when his mom dies and now he won’t say I love you to his girlfriend. This also demonstrates the extent of the hopefulness of Marie versus the hopelessness of Meursault. Whereas even after this Marie continues to try to make her and Meursault work, Meursault is shown to be lost, cold, and angry.
This causes a transition from the death of his mother to later the trial of the murder. After committing the murder, Meursault struggles to understand the reasoning behind why society begins to look down on him, as well as his irrational attitude and ideas. Whilst Meursault is in trial, his lawyer and the people around him attempt to put logic behind why he decided to kill “the Arab”. They attempt to give this act reasoning and an explanation. This ties to a theme of absurdity, exhibiting the fact that there always seems to be a reason or excuse to why a person does something uncharacteristic, or immoral.
When Meursault arrives to keep vigil before his mother’s funeral, the director assures him that he should not feel guilty for having sent her to the home. However, by raising the issue, the director implies that perhaps Meursault has done something wrong. When Meursault goes on trial, the director becomes suddenly judgmental. During his testimony, he casts Meursault’s actions in a negative light. Celeste - The proprietor of a café where Meursault frequently eats lunch.
The Stranger written by Albert Camus, gives the reader an insight in the life of Meursault and his family and friends, but also has a hidden moral behind it. In “The Stranger”, Camus uses metaphor to describe the relationship between Meursault and his mother. The assumptions people make has a chance of being right or wrong, but Camus uses Salamano and his dog as an extended metaphor to show that even though everyone believed that Meursault did not care about his mother, he in fact he did care about his mother, and it was the same situation with Salamano and his dog. Meursault had an estranged relationship with his mother. They did not have that tender mother-son relationship, because when they lived together they hardly had any communication between them, living completely separate lives while still living in the same house.
He is striven for the wrongdoing of murder, however isn't judged exclusively on his activities amid the previously mentioned wrongdoing. He is judged on his particular acts that society sees as foolish as per its social measures. Meursault's diverse point of view separates him from the people around him, and thus, he is seen as a danger to society's ethical standard. Indifference is perceived as abnormal since no one is used to being “different”; therefore, society sees Meursault as strange when he does conform to these normalities. He is unwilling to give up his logic and, along these lines, is indicted because of his powerlessness to accommodate as society plans.
However, after his court hearing, where he comes upon the realization that a large part of his society hated him, Meursault despairs at his own inability to feel emotion and thereby, confronts emotion for the very first time in his life. His own personal understanding of justice has been so twisted his entire life without his quite grasping its true meaning that when he finally confronts it, he is stunned into rethinking his own beliefs. Meursault does not wish to die, and when he is sentenced to the guillotine, he
This episode in which Meursault is surrounded in confinement is the focus and a significant point of Part II, Chapter 5 at it is the chapter where Camus expresses absurd hero traits within the character of Meursault which I found quite intriguing simply due to the fact that I’d always thought of Meursault to be portrayed as an anti-hero by Camus which was his role. The fundamental difference between Part I and II is that in Part II, the past is reflected upon as he is in his cell. During this