Morality In Friedrich Nietzsche's The Stranger

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“A moral system valid for all is basically immoral.” (Friedrich Nietzsche). As Friedrich Nietzsche claims, the morality does not have a definite boundary between moral and immoral. The morality, “the principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong” (Oxford Dictionaries), cannot be defined like two different sides of a coin, but like a sphere, it cannot be told apart. In The Stranger, the concept of morality was approached several times through various incidents, which Monsieur Meursault faces. Monsieur Meursault, the protagonist, places barely any importance on morals and judging behaviors between right and wrong. Within all the events in The Stranger, the meaningless world that Meursault living in and, how he behaves show…show more content…
In the process of the trial, he does not particularly try to defend himself, even though the prosecutor gives salience to Meursault’s indifferent behavior in his mother’s funeral, and drive him as an amoral person. Nevertheless this trial judges Meursault’s life, his behavior in the court is quite the same, showing indifference all the way, not discarding his belief towards meaninglessness of the world. More than anything, Meursault hopes to go back to his jail from the ridiculous trial and be alone. However, due to the realization of the juries about Meursault that he is an amoral person, who displays apathy towards his mother’s death, and murders an Arab, he is eventually sentenced to death. Meursault refused chaplain’s visit, and when the chaplain unilaterally visits him and tells him that he shall pray for Meursault, he startes yelling. Meursault hurls insults at the chaplain, and tells him that everyone is eventually dying and he has stronger certainties than the chaplain. The most important faith of Meursault is that nothing is important. After the chaplain leaves, Meursault calms down and hopes “that on the day of [his] execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet [him] with howls of execration” (76), noticing that he is a stranger in the society to realize that nothing matters in the
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