Camus outlines this argument in The Stranger through the nihilistic anti-hero Meursault. Throughout the novel, Meursault exhibits very little emotion, which only filters into the protagonist’s stream of consciousness when he expresses physical discomfort or social frustration. The detachment from the world around him makes him a case study for one’s personal quest to find his/her own purpose. Camus’s secular approach deviated from contemporary understanding and challenged the existentialist and religious ideologies that preceded
Albert Camus ¨Nobody understands that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal¨ - Albert Camus. Albert Camus was a French Algerian philosopher, novelist, and journalist. He was always known as a distinctive author with a very unique style of writing. Throughout his life Camus was able to achieve incredible things from best selling novels to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. His book The Plague showed a lot of his personal thoughts on life and his philosophy throughout his writing.
Rebels make change. Whether that is good or bad depends on the situation. In the novel The Stranger, Meursault is considered unorthodox by his society because he does not react to certain situations like they think he should. Rebellions that cause revolutions can be frightening, but they obviously happened for a reason. To cause a revolution, there must have been a substantial amount of people who believed in the same thing.
I believe each person holds their own views on life, while this seems to be a reasonable assumption it stands to argue that people can share common beliefs as a community. An example would be people who follow the same religion; Christianity is a faith who believes marriage is a sacred practice between their god, a man and a woman. Christianity does not favor same sex marriages due to their belief marriage is meant to help encourage reproduction of more church going members. A person, like myself, would agree with certain aspects of the religion but not its entire philosophy. In “The Stranger” by Albert Camus, Meursault’s refusal to accept that he has been sentence to death is what prompts him to seek a repeal of the sentence.
I believe that apathy and indifference does not contribute positively towards productivity because having a lack of interest and no ambition does not help one to succeed in a long term goal. Even though apathy can lead to getting work done, it still is not working to someone 's advantage. In my opinion being apathetic and indifferent does not fulfill a long and purposeful life. This is because apathy has many negative connotations like low ambition, weak social life, and unhappiness. In The Stranger by Albert Camus, the protagonist, Meursault is a man who has each of these qualities, and lives a very boring and uninteresting life.
The Stranger by Albert Camus follows the daily life of Meursault, a French-Algerian that embodies Camus’ philosophical views of absurdum. Meursault’s life is a simple one; at first glance, he is like any other working, middle class man. However, through the first person narration, we gain insight into his unconventional thought process. He does not place value on anything, including, possessions, love and ambition. Nevertheless, he is content with his life.
Jeremiah W,Dieujuste Professor. Snowberger Lit1000 29 March 2018 The Guest by Albert Camus Albert Camus story” The guess”, take place in the rough terrain of Algeria at the end of World War II. Algeria, under French control at the time, was very tense due to civil unrest of the Arabic people. The protagonist of the story is Daru, a school teacher who lives at the school on a remote plateau that has been deserted due to a freak snowstorm after eight months of drought.
"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.
The Stranger, written by Albert Camus, It follows the story of our tragic hero, Meursault, shortly after his mother dies through the events that lead to him being sentenced to death. Camus uses the motif of weather to express Meursault’s emotions. The Stranger shows how even when a person does not explicitly express emotion they are shown in some way. How emotions are expressed is a window to a person's personality. I will first discuss how Meursault appears emotionless, than how Camus uses the motif of weather to express Meursault’s emotions for him and lastly what impact this makes.
When writing the journal entries, which I intended to be more personal and insightful into Meursault’s character than the novel. I wanted to demonstrate how the actions from the past, such as having to quit school, affected him and turned him into the character readers see in the novel by taking away his meaning to life, getting an education. I did this by creating a shift in Meursault’s speech. In the first journal entry, Meursault is introspective focusing more on his dreams and ambitions. When having to quit school, Meursault’s speech becomes more like in the novel, monotone, simplistic, and focusing on the world around him and how he feels at the present.
Response to the discussion of Camus’s context (The Stranger) During the interactive oral, the class explored the elements portrayed by Camus, which opened my eyes to the reliability of the author and the importance of static characters, that must be understood in order to understand the themes of the novel. The reliability of the author, Meursault, was debated according to what the person felt affected the author’s reliability. Though I understand the concept of the ethnic divide between the French people and the Arabs, that this created separation into social class, it came to my interest that this concept could affect the author 's reliability.
I told her it didn’t mean anything but that I didn’t think so.” There are some things that we can read, firstly Mersault tells the reader about a question Marie asked him; he answers the question completely and honestly. Secondly as we know Mersault is a character that never alters what he is going to say to be respectful or to fit in societys box or norms and this answer to the question reinforces our knowledge, the way he answers also shows us the ignorance that can come from complete honesty. Finally we can see how a trace of the absurd or existentialism can be seen in the fact that Meursault sais that love does not mean anything and by this foreshadow the idea he later comes to understand; the fact that life has no meaning. Also by placing a full stop after the first part of the sentence, Camus makes the reader fell Mersaults indifference towards Marie’s feelings and by the use of words like “I didn’t think so” the writer emphasizes the indifference that Mersault feels .
In his novel The Stranger, Albert Camus creates an emotionally incapable, narcissistic, and, at times, sociopathic character named Meursault to explore and expose his philosophies of Existentialism and Absurdism. Throughout the story Meursault follows a philosophical arc that, while somewhat extreme - from unemotional and passive to detached and reckless to self-reflective - both criticizes the dependent nature of human existence and shows the journey through the absurd that is our world. In the onset of The Stranger, following his mother’s death, Meursault acts with close to utter indifference and detachment. While the rest of “maman’s”(9) loved ones express their overwhelming grief, Meursault remains unphased and, at times, annoyed at their
In The Stranger by Albert Camus: the protagonist, Meursault, appears to be indifferent to everything throughout the book. Even on fundamentally important concepts such as death, love, and time. Because to Meursault, “we’re all going to die, it’s obvious that when and how doesn’t matter (2.5.114).” This general lack of interest is similar to the Universe because if the grand scheme of things, our lives, and our deaths mean nothing and would have no real impact on the future of the Universe. Our deaths turn meaningless over time, eventually love will fade away, and time will blur together to the point that 100 years will seem like a millisecond.