Existentialism In The Stranger, By Albert Camus

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Daniel Choi
Ms.Young/ Dr.Hill
Brit Lit 2/ Worldviews 4
Dec. 12, 2014
A+ Test
Would you believe that you can still get an A+ on your test even if your test was blank? In the world of existentialism, it is possible for someone to leave his or her answers blank and still get an A+ on a test. It is possible because in the world of existentialism there is no such thing as rational meaning or order, so whatever you put on the test you would get A+ no matter what. The word existentialism means that there is no “higher” meaning to the universe or even man’s own existence(Howard). Human lives are not invested with purpose. The Stranger, by Albert Camus is fiction novel that encompasses his absurdity and notion. The novel is divided into two parts. There
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Camus already had severe lifestyle since he was a boy. His family’s extreme poverty affected his writing style and his views(Howard). During his year in highschool, severe attack of tuberculosis made Camus unable to continue his education(Howard). When Camus left the university, he ran into a world of political journalism which later influenced his writing. The Stranger by Camus was a portrayal of Camus’s absurd world view. Camus’s absurd philosophy signify that there is no such thing as moral orders and natural basis(. In 1942, the same date that The Stranger was published, and he also published The Myth of Sisyphus which established Camus’s reputation as important literary figure(Gillis and Ward 3-4). Throughout his career, he also wrote more plays, essays, and…show more content…
The Stranger clearly harmonized the definition of existentialism and the basic philosophy of existentialism. The term “existentialism” can mean variety of things to many different people. It is important to note that sometimes it is misinterpreted and misused. The common definition of existentialism is that human nature is not rational and there is no purpose in life. There can not be anything beyond the experiences of a man. That is why it is possible for anyone to write random meaningless answers on their test and still get 100% on their

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