In The Stranger by Albert Camus, there was the theme throughout of the author’s opinion of absurdity; the ludicrousness of the universe and the meaninglessness of human life. He propagated the notion of life not having any coherent meaning and any set mandate. The term “absurdity” defines man’s attempt to put meaning to life even where none exists. Man is constantly trying to prove that life has structure and order according to Camus as he has difficulties accepting that it is otherwise. Camus taunted us with many philosophical questions, over and over we are forced to wonder “who is man?” Camus interest in exploring “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd” was evident through the main character, Meursault as he took us through the phases …show more content…
Atheism is just another form of religion seeking answers to the meaning of life, death and whether or not life exists beyond the grave. This was evident in the words, “Man is nothing but that which he makes of himself”. While he believed that physical death is the complete and final end of life, the chaplain held on the religious teachings of life after death. Meursault was more focussed on himself and his environment more so than he was on society and human emotions Again, this reinforced his beliefs that life is just a fleeting moment and no regard is needed to focus on the meaning of death. In the courthouse, the crucifix that was waved at him also opposed his view of absurdity of human life and had him publicly denouncing Christianity through his word, "Then God can help you," he said. "Every man I have known in your position has turned to Him." I acknowledged that that was their right. It also meant that they must have had the time for it. As for me, I didn’t want anybody’s help, and I just didn’t have the time to interest myself in what didn’t interest me”. He believed that the religion of Christianity only served to put order to human existence and it was through his own passion for life that he chose to reject that particular religion. He discarded the view that man should be submissive to a “Higher Being” as ludicrous and that man has no excuse for failure except for his own doing, his own strength and nothing to do with “God’s Will”. Meursault’s critical stand led to his branding as a threat to society and order, “Mr. Anti-Christ”. His philosophical views were not accepted as societal norms and so led to him to being
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Unfortunately for Christians, this concern was combined with suspicious preoccupation with state security and a tendency to interfere in internal affairs of ostensibly self-governing cities. In one letter he tells how to deal with Christians “They are not to be hunted out. [Although] any who are accused and convicted should be punished, with the proviso that if a man says he is not a Christian and makes it obvious by his actual conduct—namely, by worshiping our gods—then, however suspect he may have been with regard to the past, he should gain pardon from his repentance.”
Though we generally live with a sense of purpose born from our desire for unity, we may occasionally be struck by how senseless everything seems. This is the feeling of absurdity, the awareness of the contradictory universe we live. The absurd man is someone who lives with this feeling of absurdity, who consciously maintains his awareness of the senselessness of everything around him. We go through life with a sense of meaning and purpose, with a sense that we do things for good and profound reasons. Our daily activities and interactions are dictated primarily by the force of habit.
The battle for existence is what drives Meursault to connect more to the physical world. In The Stranger by Albert Camus, there’s a young, detached man named Meursault living in French Algiers. At the beginning of the novel, Meursault receives a telegram, which informs him of his mother’s death. He acts calm during and after the funeral and frolics around with his girlfriend, Marie. While on the beach with his friends, they are suddenly confronted by Arabs and get into a fight.
When the bubonic Plague strikes the town, many characters exhibit the resort to their faith as a means of surviving. By attending a Catholic school, this allows myself to practice my faith; however, when faced with adversities in life, in no means would I think to turn to God to help me through it. For the past sixteen years, this way of self-living has been reasonable, so when I read “God has the power to keep you safe in peril,” (Pg. 62), said by Mr Mompellion, my thoughts and feelings were challenged. I form an opinion and question the character’s behaviour. To put all your faith, into the unknowable God, just to wait for him, is a motive that I am not crazy about.
The Quest for Order: Social Chaos in Kurt Vonnegut’s Siren of Titan V. Balamurugan Dr. D. Shanmugam PhD Research Scholar Associate Professor Department of English English Wing, DDE Annamalai University Annamalai University The individual’s search for absolute order and meaning within a chaotic universe is an important theme in the novels of Kurt Vonnegut.
The Stranger, written by Albert Camus, It follows the story of our tragic hero, Meursault, shortly after his mother dies through the events that lead to him being sentenced to death. Camus uses the motif of weather to express Meursault’s emotions. The Stranger shows how even when a person does not explicitly express emotion they are shown in some way. How emotions are expressed is a window to a person's personality. I will first discuss how Meursault appears emotionless, than how Camus uses the motif of weather to express Meursault’s emotions for him and lastly what impact this makes.
The novel, The Stranger by Albert Camus, is an absurdist piece in which the main character, Meursault, goes through a series of tragic events which result in his death. Meursault is an emotionless man who fears nothing and has no worries. He has a morbid, careless personality. A comparison can be made from Meursault’s personality to the philosophy of absurdism. The philosophy of absurdism says that life is meaningless, death is inevitable, and life is essentially absurd, meaning unreasonable or illogical.
In The Stranger, the crucifix appears to represent Christianity, a religion that Monsieur Meursault refuses to believe in or accept. Additionally, it represents rational beliefs that the magistrate attempts to thrust upon Meursault. He wants Meursault to accept God so that his sin will be forgiven. However, Meursault rejects the notion that his life have any significance or rational explanation.