The Stranger, By Albert Camus

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"The stranger" by Albert Camus is an ideal example for existentialism. Concepts, actions, behaviors and relations of the main character, Meursault, with others around him, all have existentialism touches. He is a man who believes that life and the universe are meaningless, and therefore, what matters is the individual's existence and not the judgments made by others, for existence precedes essence. The novel starts with a letter to Mersualt telling him that his mother has died at the old persons' where she lives. Unlikely to normal person, he shows carelessness, with no sadness for the death of his mother. He pretends to be detached from her. Strangely enough he drinks a cup of coffee and smokes a cigarette in front of his mother coffin. During the funeral he cares about minor silly details such as, caretakers to be dressed in "black with pin striped trousers," more than expressing his emotions of sadness and sorrow. But in fact Mersualt has no emotions towards anybody or anything. The day after his mother he goes to his favorite, the beach, where he meets and dates his co-worker, Marie, and they go to watch a comic movie. …show more content…

When his girlfriend asks him if he loves her, he indifferently responds " it didn't mean anything." Also, when she asks if he wants to get married, he carelessly replies that they can get married if she wants to. To him the most important thing is his internal feelings which grow up his own emotions and feels regardless of others. Moreover, he has killed the Arab person, Raymond's mistress brother, for no good reason. He has taken the weapon from Raymond, his friend, to prevent him from behaving rashly, but all of the sudden, we find him shooting that unfortunate creature. During court trailer he shows no remorse for his crime, nor express any concern about the fatal punishment waiting for

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