In The Stranger, Camus explores man’s perception of the absurd through his protagonist Meursault, a French Algier, who ‘unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder’ on an Algerian beach. Meursault’s indifference to his mother’s death and the crime he has committed, among others, isolates him from society and leads to his incrimination. Throughout The Stranger, Meursault’s intensive focus on the natural world such as the sea and especially the sun, in contrast to his indifference to human relationships, highlights their importance. Light, a product of the sun, proves especially significant. Camus description of light in relation to Meursault shows Meursault’s individuality throughout the story and his reaction to death.
A society contained to a set of principles punishes the non-conformers this is what sociology calls social control; when conformity is rewarded, and non-conformity is punished. This is represented in Albert Camus ' The Stranger aptly named as Meursault the main character doesn 't abide by general societal norms and rather than getting convicted for the murder he did commit he feels he is sentenced because of not loving his mother as society expects and, in a way, he is. Through Meursault 's actions of killing the unnamed Arab, helping Raymond, not grieving his mother, and having no true wants but basic primal necessities the reader can consider him immoral or evil from his violence; however, with the full presentation of his character which the reader experiences, as Meursault is the narrator, when he is imprisoned the reader reacts more sympathetically than they would if they had been one of the jury members. From the beginning of The Stranger, the reader understands Meursault is a complex character. The very first line of the book is, "Maman died today.
In Albert Camus’s “The Stranger,” Camus presents his existentialistic absurdist views in multiple ways throughout the novel; however, in one instance Camus uses imagery dealing with the sun and sky to articulate his philosophy further. Moreover, if such detail were left out, the reader would be faced with a seemingly incomplete philosophy and a futile understanding of Camus’s thinking, thus, leaving “The Stranger,” thematically flat. As an absurdist, Camus believed that intrinsic meaning in life is impossible. Seemingly depressing; however, Camus would argue that suicide or implementation of say religion is a fallacy. Rather, Camus would contend that rebellion against such idea is the true meaning of life.
When thinking about the mind and the body, how do we know if there is a mental realm, or a physical realm, and if it is true that our mind and our body are actually connected? The mind-body problem has been a key lesson in philosophy, with many points of view to look at. From the book, Philosophical Problems and Arguments, the authors James Cornman and Keith Lehrer go into great detail discussing the mind-body problem. Along with additional support with the book, Readings on the Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy. Although there is strong evidence supporting functionalism and the identity theory.
Taylor Smith Mrs. Fowler IB Language Arts 17 May, 2016 The Stranger: The Epiphany The Stranger is a novel written by Albert Camus and was published in 1942. It follows the story of Meursault, an indifferent French Algerian, and his actions leading to his eventual death. Camus, a French philosopher, author, and journalist most notably renowned for his philosophy of absurdism, distributes a recurring theme of existentialism and absurdism throughout the novel, and heavily does so in passages that serve the most significance to the story. One of the most important passages within the novel is when Meursault repeatedly defies the chaplain in the cell. It serves as a pinnacle for the entire story, and grants readers a look into the main characters state of mind.
The ghost tells Hamlet that King Claudius is culpable of regicide – thus, setting Hamlet on his path for vengeance. Through his quest for vengeance, Hamlet peruses how he will kill King Claudius; in turn, he kills numerous characters such as Polonius, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern instead. Although Hamlet claims to have put on an antic disposition (1.5.173) to further his plans, his madness seemingly becomes more real. For example, in a dialogue between Hamlet and Queen Gertrude, Hamlet is able to see the ghost while she looks upon a vacant space (3.4.105-139). Although Hamlet follows the instruction of his father, his questionable madness leads him to the answer of his questions – such as the guiltiness of King Claudius.
Hamlet has a good reason to kill Claudius, yet he fails to do it. How can Fortinbras sacrifice so much for such a futile purpose? In this scene, Hamlet realizes the brutality of humanity and first ponders the idea that no one is safe—another central pillar of existentialism. From this point on, Hamlet declares that he will have bloody thoughts. "My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!"
Leaving Hamlet in the purest form of an existential crisis. Could he possibly trust a ghost? What if its origins are of Hellish descent and not of Holy? These are the questions Hamlet asked himself and in the end decided to take that question out of the equation and find out for certain if Claudius is guilty of this spectral allegation. From this point Hamlet sets out on a quest to discover the truth and take action accordingly.
Since the beginning of philosophy, the argument of the mind-body problem has been constantly debated. The mind-body problem asks what the connection is between the mind and the body. Many philosophers have come up with their own theories to answer this predicament but each theory that philosophers have come up with has some indication of a flaw. The mind-body problem is a philosophical issue that inquires the relationship among the mental and physical properties. The fundamental point regarding the mind-body problem considers whether perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and other mental features are an extension of physical features or if they remain entirely independent of the physical world.
A lot of people want something someone else has. In hamlet some sins are even multiplied together, for example the ghost wants his revenge on claudius and he also wants his crown back which is both wrath and envy. Throughout the play the seven deadly sins will appear frequently. Claudius, before the play even began wanted to be the king of denmark. In the graveyard scene the ghost tells hamlet that claudius, filled with envy and wrath came into the orchard where king hamlet slept and poured poison into his ear killing him.