Religion In The Stranger, By Albert Camus

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In The Stranger, the crucifix appears to represent Christianity, a religion that Monsieur Meursault refuses to believe in or accept. Additionally, it represents rational beliefs that the magistrate attempts to thrust upon Meursault. He wants Meursault to accept God so that his sin will be forgiven. However, Meursault rejects the notion that his life have any significance or rational explanation. In this scene, Camus writes in a way that seems to make it appear as if the natural elements (sea, sun) have conspired against Monsieur Meursault, stabbing at his stinging eyes and slashing at his eyelashes. Previously in the book, the sand, the sea, and the sun were symbols of freedom, flocking and flirting along the beachfront, however, they’ve now
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