Meursault's View Of Death

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Thesis: Through the course of the novel, the underlying motifs of death’s ever looming presence, and its ultimate inevitable are omnipresent in the overall narrative.
Point: The point of view, introduced in the opening paragraph of the prose, allows the reader to comprehend Meursault’s perspective on death. As he is faced with death through the novel, the funeral and the murder, he remains detached from himself. Instead, through his point of view, Meursault focuses on the physical aspects of the world. With such a primary emphasis on such characteristics, it reflects on Meursault’s ideology on death, a mundane occurrence that is inescapable, and life, a meaningless existence with no higher meaning. During the funeral march, he is unfazed by …show more content…

Before the untimely demise of the Arab, Meursault reminds passive about shooting the Arab once given the gun by Raymond. As he is given the gun, he expresses his indifference of shooting the Arab by stating,” “It was then that I realized you could either shoot or not shoot”(56). In his comment, he implies that there is no true difference from the two alternatives, either way everyone must perish at some point in their lives. From this point in the narrative, Camus emphasizes the insignificance of human life through the murder of the Arab. In a fit of irrationality, he non nonchalantly murders the Arab in cold blood. After the first shoot, he passively states,” "the trigger gave[…]" (59). With a lack of empathy for the injured Arab, he continues to shoot the body four additional times. In the aftermath of the slaying, the narrator does not focus on the immediate consequences of the murder; rather, once more detailing the oppressive heat, a source of the murder. Because of the heat and the light reflected off of the Arab’s knife, Meursault absurdly thought to shot the Arab. Yet, even though he uses such factors as an excuse for the murder, he feels no remorse or regret for taking away a life. For, in his past expiernce with death, he knew it was a inescapable for the Arab. So, why should he feel regretful for a happening that is bound to happen at

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