Color Imagery In Albert Camus

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The author uses color imagery to describe the situations Meursault is in, the author also uses color imagery to describe how Meursault is feeling and the places he is in. He uses distinct colors to describe things when Meursault is happy and mad. Color is used by Albert Camus to imitate Meursault's thought process and his sentiments. Meursault observes color when he is immersed in the physical world. “I went in. It was very bright, whitewashed room with a skylight for a roof” [Camus 6]. As Meursault stepped in the room, it surprised him because it was so bright and white that it bothers his eyes, and the white glare always makes Meursault very sleepy. “When I went outside, the sun was up. Above the hills that separate Marengo from the sea,…show more content…
An example of verbal irony the author uses is “When she’d gone, the care taker said, I’ll leave you alone. I don’t know what kind of gesture I made, but he stayed where he was, behind me. Having this presence breathing down my neck was starting to annoy me” [Camus 7]. In this situation this is verbal irony because the caretaker said he would leave, but the caretaker didn’t, and the caretaker said that to Meursault. The caretaker stands straight behind Meursault and doesn’t leave him alone, so the caretaker presence of the caretaker annoyed Meursault saying that he would leave. An example of dramatic irony the author uses in the book is “The caretaker leaned over and said something to her, but she shook her head, mumbled something, and went on crying as much as before. Then the caretaker came around to my side. He sat down nest to me. After a long pause he explained, without looking at me, she was very close to your mother. She says your mother was her only friend and now she hasn’t got any one” [Camus10-11]. After Maman’s death had happened, one of her closest friends came and grieved and cried a lot for her and misses her a lot, while Meursault is just sitting there being quiet having no emotion for his mother’s death. The caretaker explains the woman’s grief to Meursault and in his thoughts, he feels that there is no need for the clarification because he is irritated by the…show more content…
Mothers are treated with respect and us children must show them respect and kindness and show the gratefulness we have towards our mothers. In the book, the women are treated unfairly, irrelevant, and get beaten up by men. Throughout the novel, Albert Camus illustrates women as unimportant and irrelevant. “Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours. That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday” [Camus 3]. First Meursault doesn’t know what date his mother died, showing him that he is submissive to find out which date she actually dies, he just doesn’t give effort in the things he does. Albert Camus shows Meursault’s insignificance feelings and actions to his mother and as he sends her away and when she dies, he doesn’t care and is disrupted by her and her presence. Another way Meursault shows the unimportance of women is Marie’s relationship. He shows is imbalanced relationship with Marie through his lack of love and emotion towards her. “That evening Marie came by to see me and asked me if I wanted to marry her. I said it didn’t make any difference to me and that we could if she wanted to. Then she wanted to know if I loved her. I answered the same way I had the last time, that it didn’t mean anything but that I probably didn’t love her” [Camus 41]. Marie wanted to know if Meursault wanted to marry and does he love her, and

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