Minor characters are characters that author used to portray the protagonist's characteristic or personalities in the story to the readers. Although, minor characters are unlikely to be focused on by the readers, but they do served an important role in the story. The Stranger by Albert Camus, basically talks about a man’s death due to the society’s misunderstanding. Therefore, this essay will discuss how the author used Meursault’s relationship with minor characters to show that Mersault is a common man with a tragic end. First of all, old Salamano is one of the minor characters in the novel, where the relationship between he (Salamano) and his dog found special yet complex, he act as a symbol to reflect the relationship between Mersault …show more content…
During Maman’s funeral, Meursault presents no sadness but an indifferent attitude, which was eventually been questioned and criticized by the public due to his absurd actions. He does love his mother “the same as anyone” (67), but love her in his own way. His hidden love toward his mother presents through his subconscious actions. First of all, while Meursault noticed about Maman’s death he immediately ask for leave, and took a two-hour bus to Marengo, he said that he “wanted to see Maman right away.”(4), which he can’t wait to see mother, his urgent mood had shown his care on Maman. Next, both Mersault and Maman had a unique communicating way ,which they ‘talked’ to each other using their privity, such as eye contact, smile, and even their silence, “Maman used to spent her time following me with her eyes, not saying anything”(5) this shows how close they are, and how much they love each other. In addition, Maman had once told Mersault about his father, “I remembered a story Maman used to tell me about my father.”(110) In this line, the calling of ‘Maman’ and ‘father’ are used to contrast, the word ‘father’ as a general term that wide ages population had used, comparing to the word ‘Maman’ as French translated as ‘mommy’ which had usually called by youngs, the calling of ‘maman’ seems to have a closer relationship than ‘father’, since calling …show more content…
In the Stranger, Marie and Mersault are been presented as sexual relationship to the readers, that Mersault only went to Marie when he wants to filled up his sexual desire. However, this is not just the way it shown to the readers. Mersault is a very sensitive person, that he has a very thorough look at every detail, “not one detail of their faces or their clothes escaped….” (10) Yet through this sensitive observation, he never analyze his feeling toward Marie comprehensively, Marie had once asked him if he love her back, while the reply of Mersault was “that it didn’t mean anything but that I probably didn’t love her.”(41) As we know about Meursault’s character, he often answered questions in an affirmative and short ways such as “No”, “Yes” and etc. , however, the word “probably” which served as an uncertain word, had reflect how he is unsure about his feeling toward Marie. In addition, some of Meursault’s feeling were shown through his sub consciousness toward Marie, when Mersault felt uncomfortable under the sun, while Marie presents joyfulness in front of him, this had made Mersault felt a bit better compared to the feeling when Mersault was under the sun without Marie staying beside, “already bright with sun, hit me like a slap in the face. Marie was jumping with joy and kept on saying what a beautiful day it was. I felt a little better…” (47) Through
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A loving elderly man who grew very close and fond of Meursault's mother at the nursing home. Thomas Perez and Madame Meursault's relationship was one of few sincere relationships that the novel illustrates and serves as an opposing view to Meursault's understanding of the world. The Chaplain- A priest who visits Meursault throughout the trial and demands that he take comfort in God.
During the beginning of the novel, Meursault goes to his neighbor Raymond’s house. The visit results into a physical fight due to insults made towards Meursault. Relating to aspects on violence, this scene was made to show simple
(3), suggest that Meursault was not very close to his mother. These two sentences are the first impressions of Meursault. This point it is where readers can notice something is indeed wrong with him. The disconnection between Meursault and his mother provokes a hatred towards Meursault, especially from the prosecutor. The prosecutor argues against Meursault for his relationship with his mother than for his actual crime.
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.
Although generally overlooked by the average recreational reader, minor characters have long served as incredibly useful tools in a variety of ways for many different authors across a multitude of works. Whether they serve as mouthpieces for a writer’s message, a personification of a specific philosophy, or are simply devices to move the plot along, minor characters are extraordinarily important in the vast majority of works, being carefully crafted and placed at certain instances by the creator of the work. As such, their importance and purpose in the works Dante’s Inferno, Candide, King Lear, and Monkey cannot be overstated, and while at first they may appear forgettable and non-essential, further analysis shows the ingenious nature of each
Maupassant’s creation of the interesting character Boule de Suif and her relationships with the other characters is done through his use of effective techniques such as imagery, symbolism and tone. These techniques support the key themes of equality, fraternity and betrayal which are present in the short story. Throughout the short story but specifically during this extract, Boule de Suif is described as a very desirable person. Maupassant’s
Concurrently, Meursault expresses a similar lack of concern regarding his girlfriend, Marie. His blatant apathy further emphasizes his self-perpetuated isolation. After being with Marie for the day, she asked Meursault if he loved her, to which he responded, “I told her it didn't
Meursault is a distinct individual who comes across socially awkward, with awareness to sensory aspects and peoples actions. He’s very disconnected from the world. Many aspects influence Meursault, some examples of these aspects are other individuals such as Raymond, Marie and the Priest. As well as other characters and their relationship with Meursault there are sensory aspects that affect Meursault. Physical things such as the sun and heat make him become uncomfortable and act “inappropriately.”
Family can be regarded as a strength or a weakness; it can build one up or tear one down. Marguerite Johnson faces a great deal of family related predicaments throughout the autobiographical narrative I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Specifically, her relationship and experiences with her grandmother, father, and mother play a large role in her personal development. Marguerite’s complicated family experiences cause short-term grief but ultimately strengthen her character. Momma is an influential character in Marguerite’s life.
Meursault constantly has varying thoughts dancing around his mind, one of which is the environment. The environment is behind all of Meursault’s struggles and problems in his mental world and interferes with his physical world as well, causing him to think that the world is irrational. Holden’s attitude toward the world is particularly similar to Meursault’s because nihilism and absurdism are quite similar. Both believe that the world is irrational and out to get them. The only difference between the two is that Meursault discovers that even though he believes that the world manipulated him and demanded to kill the
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. In this passage, Meursault comes to a dramatic realization of who he is through an existential epiphany, and with thorough analysis the overall significance of the passage to the story is revealed. In the passage the chaplain visits Meursault much to Meursault’s displeasure.
Meursault notices that during the trial, “there was a lot said about [him], maybe more about [him] than about [his] crime” (98). By having Meursault 's personality be the focal point of the courtroom 's dialogue, Camus implies that Meursault 's persona plays a crucial role in his trial. Instead of focusing on the murder of the Arab, the prosecutor repeatedly mentions Meursault 's "dubious liaison"(94), his "insensitivity" (99) during Maman’s funeral, and his friendship with Raymond, who is a man "of doubtful morality" (99). Through the emphasis on Meursault 's -according to society- 'immoral ' ways, the prosecutor eliminates any sort of sympathy the jury has for Meursault. Following Marie 's testimony, the prosecutor once again exhibits his confidence that bias against Meursault will stem from hearing about his behaviour.
Meursault is not an emotional person. Meursault often seems not to react to major events that happen to him. For example when his mom dies, he says, “Really, nothing had changed”(24). There is an obvious emotional disconnect. Either he was not close to his mother or her death had little to no effect on him.
Meursault shows his lack of emotional attachment to people: "I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings"( page 41). Meursault shows the regrets of his nature but also, at the same time, explains that it’s not going to change. Rather than focusing on finding someone to spend his life with, Meursault would rather find someone who can always keep him pampered. Meursault again shows his regret for his actions when he says, "I wanted to try to explain to him that it was because of the sun, the sea, the light, in fact, everything, that I had simply loved him with no personal motive" (Page 68). Meursault shows his lack of care for those whom he loved, but at the same time shows that Meursault might not be able to fully control what he does, but rather does everything out of impulse, therefore making him regret his actions in some situations.