In Albert Camus’ The Stranger, the author’s absurdist views of life are reflected through the main character Meursault. The reader follows Meursault from his mother’s funeral to his own death, as he exerts his indifference to the world around him. Camus’s employment of motifs represent Meursault’s consciousness of absurdity in a world where everything fails to retain meaning. Nevertheless, humans still seek value in their lives from surrealalities; absurdities that are incapable of immortalising humans. The motifs of religion, judgement, and death inspire Meursault’s heroism through his sincerity and rejection of these absurd social norms. Camus’ use of religion as a motif emphasises the absurdity of seeking solace in it, triggering Meursault’s heroism through his disbelief in God. Meursault refuses to fall under the absurd influence of religion. The magistrate “took out a silver crucifix which he brandished” in front of Meursault in hopes of evoking a religious birth in him. But Meursault understands that he “[is] the criminal” and no amount of repenting to God will free him from his death sentence (68). The magistrate’s views, differ, however. According to him, life revolves around God and “if he were ever to doubt it, his life would become meaningless” (69). Meursault argues that no amount of repenting and praying will save “the most wretched” individual from their ultimate fate: death (119). Meursault therefore deems it absurd and unrealistic to turn to religion for
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Heroism is difficult to achieve in literature, but some readers get exposed to a handful of characters who exhibit Heroism in many different forms. What does it mean to be heroic? Heroism is shown through fiction as heroes killing the bad guys and using powers, but heroes can do all these things simply without the gimmicky controls. However, how can someone indeed be heroic in a real-life setting? Heroism is ultimately just doing something for others/the world.
In the Novel The Stranger by Albert Camus, the story Depicts the life of Meursault a man who lives a pretty normal life. In this essay I will be talking about Mr Salamano and his dog. I think that Salamano is a pretty interesting character because because his style is comparable to his dog. He has scabs on his face and talks to himself and his dog sometimes. The only friend that Salamano has is his dog and Meursault, but Meursault is friends with everyone.
Introduction: In the novel The stranger, written by Albert Camus Meursault kills a man, “The Arab” in act of self defense. After Meursault is put to trial, his lawyer becomes more focused on Meursault's attitude and believes. When meursault mother died, he had a very unemotional attitude, which causes problems later on in his trail. He is later sentence to the death penalty.
Camus outlines this argument in The Stranger through the nihilistic anti-hero Meursault. Throughout the novel, Meursault exhibits very little emotion, which only filters into the protagonist’s stream of consciousness when he expresses physical discomfort or social frustration. The detachment from the world around him makes him a case study for one’s personal quest to find his/her own purpose. Camus’s secular approach deviated from contemporary understanding and challenged the existentialist and religious ideologies that preceded
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.
Following Kafka’s footsteps, Albert Camus highlights the scarcity of true liberation in his novel, The Stranger. Punished for his stolid attitude at Maman’s funeral, Meursault is found
Camus uses the motif of weather, most commonly sun and heat, to express Meursault’s emotions. Meursault often describes the weather and how it ‘affects’ him. This can symbolize his actual feelings he tries to hide. An example can be found when Meursault is walking to his mother’s funeral. On the outside he is calm and even seems a little annoyed.
Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a novel that takes place in the 1960’s within the walls of a mental institution. The main character, Chief, tells the story without speaking through a majority of the book. The Chief is not the hero of Kesey’s. A man by the name of McMurphy is the hero of the world crafted by Ken Kesey and his villain is a woman by the name of Miss. Ratched, or Big Nurse. Patrick McMurphy comes to the mental institution in order to get away from his life on a farm.
Father Paneloux is criticized by the other clergymen for consulting and working with a doctor, as they believe it is “illogical for a priest to call in a doctor” (Camus, 229). Due to this ridicule, Father Paneloux initially denies hospital care when he falls ill, however he soon “[submits] passively to the treatment given him” (Camus, 233). Had Father Paneloux shown unwavering belief in God, he would never have permitted himself to be treated. In this way, Camus shows a significant shift in Father Paneloux’s character. First introduced as a man holding the belief that God holds him above the wrongdoers of Oran, Father Paneloux is later presented by Camus as a man doubting God’s existence, helpless and unhelpful in the fight against the plague.
Meursault’s murder of the man was neither premeditated nor did it have a real motive. Even after Meursault kills the man, he “fired four more times at the motionless body” (Camus 58), with no reason to do so. And both the absurd murderer and his victim meet the same fate: death. Death is by nature inescapable. Camus asserts, through Meursault’s thoughts, that death was the only certain aspect of life: “I was sure about me, about everything, surer than he could ever be, sure about me, sure of my life and sure of the death I had waiting for me” (Camus 120).
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.