Meursault is an insignificant man living an insignificant life, with no purpose other than to come to peace with his insignificance and thus remove its power over him. He expresses little emotion even when faced with intensely emotional situations. In The Stranger, Albert Camus details a part of Meursault’s life, which, though short, is filled with drastic life events. We see his mother die, his girlfriend fall in love with him, his neighbor threatened and attacked, his own murder of his neighbors attackers, and eventually his conviction and death sentence. Yet in all these events, Meursault remains aloof and ambivalent, with little to no reaction at all. Eventually, before his presumed death sentence, Meursault decides that since life is meaningless
16. Reread page 114 very carefully before answering the following question: Does Meursault care about dying at this point in his life? Yes, Meursault does care about his death while waiting to see if his appeal has been approved or not. This is evidenced by his thought process of rationalizing and coming to peace with the possibility of dying.
He denied all recognition of God to the Priest. In conclusion, throughout the book The Stranger, Meursault demonstrates existentialism through heat. Which also connects to The Scarlet Letter and The Old Man in the Sea. Existentialism plays a big role in all three books.
Because Meursault shut himself away from any outside emotions and didn’t care what choice he took, it became the downfall of him. All of those choices, of him taking the easy way out, could have ended up taking a different route, but because Meursault is a stranger to himself and to his life, his inability own up to what he has done was his flaw. That one choice made an incredible difference in Meursault’s life and he did nothing to stop it, as if he weren’t really there, like he wasn’t in control of his actions or of his thoughts. In a way, Meursault’s character is very similar to that of Hamlet. Both of their fatal flaws is there overthinking about life and in Meursault’s case his emotionless approach on life.
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
However, both text function similarly by triggering the protagonists emotions, creating a sympathy towards them. In The Stranger, Meursault is perceived by society as being inhuman with no place in their society but through Meursault 's perspective, society
Everything he will say; the magistrate will not believe him, he even feels there is no need for a lawyer because he thinks everything he does, is right and there is not something to question. He comes to understand that he trying to find meaning in his own life, make him impotent to society’s eyes, he only murdered an Arab and that is it. During the trial, there are investigators that learn that Meursault does not feel any remorse at his mother funeral. As Meursault does not have any evidence why he kills the Arab man, the lawyer thinks that it will be a strong argument if Meursault can come up with some answers for the questions. The investigator asks,” If I had felt any sadness that day” (Camus 65).
The Stranger written by Albert Camus, gives the reader an insight in the life of Meursault and his family and friends, but also has a hidden moral behind it. In “The Stranger”, Camus uses metaphor to describe the relationship between Meursault and his mother. The assumptions people make has a chance of being right or wrong, but Camus uses Salamano and his dog as an extended metaphor to show that even though everyone believed that Meursault did not care about his mother, he in fact he did care about his mother, and it was the same situation with Salamano and his dog. Meursault had an estranged relationship with his mother. They did not have that tender mother-son relationship, because when they lived together they hardly had any communication between them, living completely separate lives while still living in the same house.
The philosophical theory of absurdism aids Meursault in The Stranger to grow as a character and develop meaning in his absurd life, specifically Meursault’s decision to shoot the Arab and the relationship he has with his mother. After Meursault’s realization that life is absurd due to the inevitability of death, he decides to shoot the Arab, to create meaning in his life. When Meursault was introduced in The Stranger, he thought like a nihilist and believed “all alike would be condemned to die one day…since it all came to the same thing in the end” (Camus 75). He views the world as meaningless because he repeats the same routine every
He viewed his everyday routine as repetitive and meaningless, and felt no empathy for anyone. This lack of empathy convinced the court of his guilt. Meursault could have defended himself by claiming self defense, but he saw no difference in dying now or dying later. Both Meursault’s story and Camus’ view on life display the depressing views of existentialism.
Analyze how the interpersonal relationship between Meursault, his mother, Marie and the judge was used to explore the theme “outsider” in the novel “The Outsider.” In the novel “the outsider” written by Albert Camus the main character Meursault explores the theme “the outsider” and the impacts that it has on society has on Meurault. Shown to the audience through Meursault’s interpersonal relationships with his mother’s friends, his girlfriend Marie and the judge who represents the court of justice.
In the story The Stranger by Albert Camus, through first person we see Meursault the protagonist’s unfortunate life. The book is titled The Stranger, because Meursault is different from society. At the beginning of the novel we see Meursault explain the exterior life. Meursault says things like, “I caught the two o’clock bus. It was very hot.
In The Stranger, Albert Camus’ protagonist, Meursault, serves as a symbol for existentialism, underscoring societies “absurd” tendency to enforce various delusions on reality in efforts to gain a semblance of meaning. Throughout the novel, Meursault was vilified by his peers for having been immoral. Any reader skimming The Stranger might agree with this sentiment as he did, infact, murder a man, fail to express grief in regards to the death of his mother, and admitted to having no affiliation to any religion or God. However, it is only when Camus’ elaborate metaphor is unfolded can the reader recognize that Meursault is hardly immoral, but rather amoral or even indifferent. Rather than, solidifying an identifiable personality, meursault presents
In his novel The Stranger, Albert Camus creates an emotionally incapable, narcissistic, and, at times, sociopathic character named Meursault to explore and expose his philosophies of Existentialism and Absurdism. Throughout the story Meursault follows a philosophical arc that, while somewhat extreme - from unemotional and passive to detached and reckless to self-reflective - both criticizes the dependent nature of human existence and shows the journey through the absurd that is our world. In the onset of The Stranger, following his mother’s death, Meursault acts with close to utter indifference and detachment. While the rest of “maman’s”(9) loved ones express their overwhelming grief, Meursault remains unphased and, at times, annoyed at their