Analysis Of The Absurd In The Stranger By Albert Camus

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I told her it didn’t mean anything but that I didn’t think so.” There are some things that we can read, firstly Mersault tells the reader about a question Marie asked him; he answers the question completely and honestly. Secondly as we know Mersault is a character that never alters what he is going to say to be respectful or to fit in societys box or norms and this answer to the question reinforces our knowledge, the way he answers also shows us the ignorance that can come from complete honesty. Finally we can see how a trace of the absurd or existentialism can be seen in the fact that Meursault sais that love does not mean anything and by this foreshadow the idea he later comes to understand; the fact that life has no meaning. Also by placing a full stop after the first part of the sentence, Camus makes the reader fell Mersaults indifference towards Marie’s feelings and by the use of words like “I didn’t think so” the writer emphasizes the indifference that Mersault feels . At the end of the novel when Mersault is waiting in his cell for his trial he realizes that life is absurd and he confronts this absurdity, because in his life he never stopped or paused to understand the meaning of that …show more content…

It is very important to see this novel an existentialist and absurdist point of view, but it is also important to not forget that this is a novel and when me come to analyze it completely we should also take into consideration that it contains prose style, literary features, character development, plot are just as important as the literate terms used in the

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