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. Meursault also strays from the morals society has imposed; he does not see a difference between bad and good; he merely observes without judging. However, when Meursault kills an Arab, he is brutally judged for the aspects that make him unique. In the second part of the novel, as the trial …show more content…
Meursault notices that during the trial, “there was a lot said about [him], maybe more about [him] than about [his] crime” (98). By having Meursault 's personality be the focal point of the courtroom 's dialogue, Camus implies that Meursault 's persona plays a crucial role in his trial. Instead of focusing on the murder of the Arab, the prosecutor repeatedly mentions Meursault 's "dubious liaison"(94), his "insensitivity" (99) during Maman’s funeral, and his friendship with Raymond, who is a man "of doubtful morality" (99). Through the emphasis on Meursault 's -according to society- 'immoral ' ways, the prosecutor eliminates any sort of sympathy the jury has for Meursault. Following Marie 's testimony, the prosecutor once again exhibits his confidence that bias against Meursault will stem from hearing about his behaviour. Marie testifies that the day after Maman 's death, she and Meursault went swimming and watched a comedic movie. Rather than explaining what these events have to do with Meursault 's crime, the prosecutor has "nothing further to say" (94). Although the relationship between Meursault 's day out with Marie and his crime is non-existent, the prosecutor believes it is self-explanatory. Indeed, once the courtroom hears Marie 's testimony, it …show more content…
Through a variety of literary devices, Camus proves how the jury 's racial bias, lack of objectivity, desire for an explanation and fear of people who are different, results in a flawed justice system. The judicial system is supposed to be objective, and yet the people within it, are not. Whether consciously or not, we are constantly influenced by our prejudices, our emotions, and our values. As seen in Meursault 's case, the absence of neutrality in the jury can lead to an unfair conviction. The jury, like Meursault 's lawyer, does not understand Meursault and "hold[s] it against [him]" (66). Their inability to connect with him stems from Meursault 's distinctive behaviour that is not influenced by society. This individualism instils dread in the jury. According to society, an individual such as Meursault, who is authentic and not shaped by society, has no place on Earth. And so, because it is a jury, filled with biased humans, that convicts the defendant, there is injustice in the justice system. As a result of the fallibility of the court of law,
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Meursault is eventually convicted and sentenced to death because of his inability to conform to the societal expectations of French Algeria in the 1940’s. 3. Characters: Meursault- the protagonist and narrator of the novel, Meursault is a young shipping clerk who has detached himself from the world around him. He is indifferent
During the beginning of the novel, Meursault goes to his neighbor Raymond’s house. The visit results into a physical fight due to insults made towards Meursault. Relating to aspects on violence, this scene was made to show simple
Eventually, the prosecutor completes his goal of condemning Meursault to death. Before dying, Meursault heavily reflect upon his life. Although never showing signs of faith towards any certain religion, he is accused of being the antichrist and is almost forced by the chaplain to rely on god during his last moments. The chaplain tells him “Every man I have known in your position has turned to Him” (116) At the beginning of the book when Madam Meursault is being buried, Meursault is told that she wanted a religious funeral even though Meursault never remembered her as religious. “While not atheist, Maman had never in her life given a thought to religion” (6).
Meursault was guilty of shooting the Arab multiple times, killing him immediately. With no remorse, Meursault fired the gun at the Arab after he was already dead. When Meursault was tried for the murder, he was convicted more on the content of his character, rather than the crime itself. The prosecutor brought up the topic of his mother’s death often, which was noticed by the defensive attorney, “Come now, is my client on trial for burying his mother or for killing a man?” (Camus 96).
Introduction: In the novel The stranger, written by Albert Camus Meursault kills a man, “The Arab” in act of self defense. After Meursault is put to trial, his lawyer becomes more focused on Meursault's attitude and believes. When meursault mother died, he had a very unemotional attitude, which causes problems later on in his trail. He is later sentence to the death penalty.
In the novel, a majority of Meursault 's actions are based upon his attitude that his presence ultimately does not “matter”. “‘But,’ I reminded myself, ‘it’s common knowledge that life isn’t worth living, anyhow.’ And, on a wide view, I could see that it makes little difference whether one dies at the age of thirty or threescore and ten—since, in either case, other men and women will continue living, the world will go on as before,” (Camus 70-71). The aforestated quote captures the quintessence of Meursault’s character and illustrates the reason for his disinterest with the injustices around him. With purely factual considerations, it is true that each human life is proportionally negligible.
A society contained to a set of principles punishes the non-conformers this is what sociology calls social control; when conformity is rewarded, and non-conformity is punished. This is represented in Albert Camus ' The Stranger aptly named as Meursault the main character doesn 't abide by general societal norms and rather than getting convicted for the murder he did commit he feels he is sentenced because of not loving his mother as society expects and, in a way, he is. Through Meursault 's actions of killing the unnamed Arab, helping Raymond, not grieving his mother, and having no true wants but basic primal necessities the reader can consider him immoral or evil from his violence; however, with the full presentation of his character which the reader experiences, as Meursault is the narrator, when he is imprisoned the reader reacts more sympathetically than they would if they had been one of the jury members. From the beginning of The Stranger, the reader understands Meursault is a complex character. The very first line of the book is, "Maman died today.
This fight leads to Meursault going to a murder trial because he shoots one of the Arabs four times and kills him. Meursault shows importance of the physical world when he is at Maman’s funeral, while in a fight with the Arabs and when he is at his murder trial. Meaursault connects more to the physical world rather than to the
Meursault constantly has varying thoughts dancing around his mind, one of which is the environment. The environment is behind all of Meursault’s struggles and problems in his mental world and interferes with his physical world as well, causing him to think that the world is irrational. Holden’s attitude toward the world is particularly similar to Meursault’s because nihilism and absurdism are quite similar. Both believe that the world is irrational and out to get them. The only difference between the two is that Meursault discovers that even though he believes that the world manipulated him and demanded to kill the
Meursault is not an emotional person. Meursault often seems not to react to major events that happen to him. For example when his mom dies, he says, “Really, nothing had changed”(24). There is an obvious emotional disconnect. Either he was not close to his mother or her death had little to no effect on him.
Through the use of diction, Meursault perceives life is meaningless, which leads him to have the absence of strong bonding with acquaintance around him. He indicates that he lacks empathy from personal and social level. Meursault is a simple man who lives his life in a stickler type and changes annoy him. As the novel introduces Meursault mother being dead, he shows lack of concern and a burden to visit his mother for the last time. “Maman died today...
A notable political philosopher Stephen Eric Bonner, concerns with the notion of meaning in a meaningless world in the novel “The Stranger”. The hypocritical moralism of the society in reflected in the trial of Meursault where a “divorce” occurs between the objective and subjective reasons for the judgement offered by the Jury. Truth disappears, therein lies the absurdity of existence. Meursault is a stranger to himself and to the society that does not understand him. Bonner shows “The Stranger” as a testament to the absurdity of life than a reaction against it, a modern form of the educational novel.
All of themes are evident with Meursault’s emotionless nature. Meursault lives his life as if none of the actions he commits or the events that happen to him will matter in the end. This is shown when Meursault’s mom dies. When this occurs, Meursault doesn’t appear to be sad or even care about his mother's passing, which is the main subject of his trial. Meursault was unable to communicate how he really felt about his mother's death which meant that he continued
James Kim Mrs. Natalia Grade: 9 2018.05.24 Character Analysis of Meursault in The Stranger One of the significant characters in Albert Camus’ short story, The Stranger is Meursault. Detachment and lack of emotion are the main traits of Meursault’s personality. Meursault is a character who is detached and unemotional as he is insensitive of everything that happens around him. Indeed, he disassembles the world around him as an ‘outsider’. This is shown in his mother’s death, phycological view of life and death, and prominent symbols in The Stranger which allows the readers to understand the circumstances where he finds himself at, where he belongs in and Meursault’s lack of emotions.
As readers many notice how Meursault and other characters within the book never actually have a relationship with Meursault because he ultimately acts like a stranger to everyone that he meets. Not one person relates to him in any given way within the book and never fully grasp what goes on during his thought process, but as readers the author meant for us to understand him more. From the viewpoint of Meursault readers get his complex life that has no meaning, no relationship, and no values or goals that he wants for his life. From start to finish one gets the overview of his life but through the main characters lense one gets to see that he accepts who he is and prefers it this way. During the story Meursault says “I looked at myself in my tin plate.