Reflective Statement: The Stranger

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Reflective Statement, The Stranger Throughout the interactive panel discussion for The Stranger, I learned about how Camus’s views were reflected in his novel and differences between the societies of the novel and of real life. The story’s protagonist, Meursault, is seen by reader as an existentialist but he has certain traits where he could be perceived as someone who wants a connection but has difficulty receiving it. I also learned about how other people viewed Meursault's character in relation to the society. To begin with, the author Albert Camus’s views and personal life of society contributed to Meursault’s behavior and the story’s tone. It is implied that Meursault felt no grief when his mother died because Camus…show more content…
Existentialism questions human existence; Camus wondered if there was any meaning or purpose to living a human life. These beliefs are reflected in his famous novel The Stranger, written in 1942, through its protagonist Meursault. Meursault is an outcast who does not show much emotion to the world around him. Although Meursault’s actions and emotions give off clear evidence that he may have existential principles, the physical environments in which the story takes place contribute to showing Meursault’s thoughts on reality. The Stranger emphasizes the thoughts and beliefs of Meursault through its settings of his home, his average neighborhood, and the…show more content…
Meursault’s home emphasizes his lack of intention to improve life for himself. Meursault’s neighborhood contributes to showing how he act in the face of other people and their lives. He experiences what other people do in their daily lives; however, he isolates himself from these activities as he sees no point in participating. The prison setting emphasizes the effects of his beliefs and what happens when he abides his life by his own principles. The prison causes Meursault to become fully isolated from society. This setting then causes him to reflect on his life and home before being arrested. He realizes that his beliefs may not be of his best interest, which reflects the psychological conflict of whether life has a purpose or not. All in all, the two settings of the novel create a basis for illustrating Meursault’s beliefs that are then further emphasized by Meursault’s
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