Meursault, the protagonist and narrator in The Stranger, is a dispassionate person who shows no emotional attachment to events and couldn 't care less about consequences of any event. Meursault is an outsider to his peers due to his unusual reactions to various events like death, marriage, and trial. People try to see deeper in Meursault, however his actions clearly shows what he values. In Albert Camus’, The Stranger, Meursault’s lack of emotions towards his mother reveals that Meursault views life as meaningless, regardless of whether times are sad, happy, or violent. A man’s relationship with his mother tells all about what kind of person he may be.
He realized… “It occurred to me that anyway one more Sunday was over, that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed. “ (Camus, 24) Explicate This shows how little importance he allowed his mother to have in his life. This further accentuates that he had given up her place in his life, which plays into the elements of philosophical suicide. He acted as if her death changed nothing, as if she was insignificant. The significance he places with her position in his life is partially his fault, because that’s all he allowed her to be.
Thus becomes clear that it is impossible to confine the meaning of the term under any one particular criterion. Postmodernism proclaims the collapse of these metanarratives. The postmodern man has nothing to hold and he is living in the postmodern world in a helpless condition. The so called universal foundations such a morals, justice, truth, etc., have collapse. Man is unwilling to believe them, He is having a decentered consciousness, the Ideals/ Theories which he believed so far have failed to offer him any solution.
Knowing one’s purpose allows one to live their lives accordingly. Those who don’t know their purpose may feel that their daily lives are ridiculous. Camus’ The Stranger, portrays an inexplicably nonsensical character, Meursault, who winds up in a unanticipated situation. Similar to real life struggles, the character perpetually repeats insignificant actions not accordant to any essence. The end of the book is entangled in morals and ethics.
A second instance is when Hazel writes a eulogy for Gus and goes to see him, even though her parents do not want her to. Thirdly, the theme appears when Peter Van Houten speaks with Hazel and explains how his grief about his daughter’s death revealed his true self. The theme of The Fault in Our Stars is that death is a part of life, so we need to live our best lives each day. The theme that
The narrator is struggling to decide whether he will go against the society’s established procedures or not. The narrator gets frustrated of Bartleby’s response to everything “I prefer not to.” This challenges the narrator’s easy way of life. The narrator doesn’t fire Bartleby which reveals his acceptance of Bartleby’s irrational behavior in the workplace. This acceptance threatens the integrity of the narrator’s society in which irrational behavior is
In a broad meaning existentialism is an understanding that there is no higher world which is found in many religions, systems of belief or mythology; it completely rejects the existence of God and says that all the decisions about human’s life is decided only by that human himself not by God. It is unacceptable to live our lives by accepting the idea that our fate is predestined before we come to life. All the actions and their consequences must be undertaken by human because there is no a higher authority to decide behalf that individual. This movement of existentialism can be detected and analyzed in the movie of The Stranger by using some certain topics such as meaning of existence, absurdity of human condition and freedom of choice. In contrast to the belief that many people adopt as a principle, the presence of human kind in the universe has no meaning or purpose.
However, it is essential to him that he is happy to be different and have his own interpretation of the world that he is living in. The narrator thinks that human has no value and we all absurd because we are living in a world of absurdity. Meursault is free from worry, he does not show any importance towards his mom’s death, he does not want to see his mom’s body, which is absurd that everyone wants to see their loved ones for the last time when they die. Nonetheless, not Meursault, he does not live his life fully and he does not appreciate what he possesses, he is a lack of sentiment and emotion. The reason he shoots the Arab man and what lesson the process through the trial teaches him.
That realization make him feel overwhelming sadness and cause him to cry. In this world, there is no mother, father, or relationship. A person share everything, including themselves. There is no individuality only the community. This can be said in the real world.