The Reality Of Morality In The Stranger By Albert Camus

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In part two of Albert Camus “The Stranger,” the main character is met with the reality of the judicial system and the reality that Meursault has strayed away from. In this position, Meursault is able to see the morality that exist within God’s fate. Being an atheist becomes a setback for Meursault when he realizes the reality that God is a part of the morality that Meursault believes everyone is destined too. Unlike other times, Meursault is faced with this absurd reality he has gotten himself into and can not control his fate due to the judges social constructs and god’s law which now hold superior power than him. Meursault is awakened in this hour of consciousness, revealing the newfangledness of life and what is accepted as God’s moral sense and sees things in a perspective he has never experienced before.
Meursault is first introduced to this new concept of reality of morality when Raymond is questioned about his relationship with his girlfriend. Raymonds abusive relationship was brought up by the policemen who told him, “…to knock it off and said that the girl was to go… He also said that Raymond ought to be ashamed to be so drunk… ” (Camus 37). Here, Meursault was witnessing this occur, leading him to realize that morality was something realistic and more than an illusion. One sees this when he repeatedly says, “I was expecting anything, and besides I didn’t like cops” (37), demonstrating Meursault’s dislike and discomfort with authorization.
Although Meursault is
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