Existentialism In The Stranger And Waiting For Godot By Samuel Beckett

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For English Literature class, we read and discussed "The Stranger" by Albert Camus and "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett. Although both authors present their works of fiction in different ways, "The Stranger" is a novel and "Waiting for Godot" is a minimalist play. Camus and Beckett explored different aspects within the existential theme. Existentialism in general can be referred as the twentieth century philosophy, and specifically in the literature world as the belief of finding one’s meaning in life through human actions, decisions, and responsibility. Through this essay, I will examine comparisons between the protagonists in both literature pieces, in terms of how they react to their understanding of different perspectives related to existential themes.
Similarly, authors in both pieces of literature explored twentieth-century existential themes. In “The Stranger”, the protagonist Meursault is an indifferent and emotionally detached person who believes his life doesn’t have any meaning. However, he creates his meaning in life through experiencing aspects of the physical world, such as temperature, drinking, smoking, and having sexual intercourse with Marie. Camus attempts in exploring the aspect of absurdism by describing Meursault’s murder of the Arabs. According to Camus, and I paraphrase, the term absurdism is the existential idea that the universe is irrational and that human existence has no further meaning. Meursault’s belief in the absurdist idea caused him to
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