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. Is the death penalty a fair consequence that meursault should face ? Body: Meursault and Raymond who are best friends, are seen by Raymond’s mistress’s brother. The two of them have tension because Raymond is abusive to his mistress. Raymond and the Arab, who is the his mistress’s brother, gets into a conflict that later leads to violence. During the fight, meursault
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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
For my Stranger Paper I chose Gavin Seymour to stalk as he was only person in the class I've never seen before. Gavin is a sophomore male who portrays himself to be an introvert. He is academically challenged but does not participate in any school sports or extracurricular activities. Gavin is 5’11”, of average weight with a slight bulky muscular build. Being a sophomore, Gavin is most likely 15 years of age.
Rationale My task is related to Part III: Literature-Texts and Contexts section of this course. My written task is a series of diary entries in the point of view of Meursault which express his feelings and actions based on explicit and implied events from the novel, The Stranger, by Albert Camus. In writing the journal entries, I wanted to show the character development of Meursault prior to him leaving school (first journal entry), then just after Maman’s death (second entry), and finally before his execution (final entry). I did this to reinforce common motifs, and themes, such as the idea of Absurdity: life has no inherent meaning but the one an individual assigns to it, and an individual is free to make their own decisions, but must face the consequences of their actions.
Now lastly we will see how a person can be good with their actions. In “The Stranger” , Meursault says, “ I went to the movies twice with Emmanuel, who doesn’t understand what is going on the screen.” On page 34 it states how Meursault helps Emmanuel , “...You have explain things to him.” As we see , and read we learned that both times that Meursault had gone to the movies with Emmanuel, Meursault was nice enough to explain what was going on, on the screen so Emmanuel could also enjoy the movie. As we see Meursault can be a good person with good intentions helping Emmanuel despite what he had done to the Arab later on in 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.
In addition, Meursault going to the beach to swim the day after Maman’s death, starting up a dubious affair and going to the movies to watch a comedy for laughs were also some of the important arguments the judged based on to make his final decision on Meursault’s case. Meursault was not really charged with killing an Arab but with “burying his mother with crime in his heart”(Camus 96).
The court, as does society, tries to find a rational explanation to events in what the absurd philosophy believes in is an irrational world; this is shown in the novel as the fact that the court concentrates on how Meursault lacked an emotional reaction to his mother’s death, rather that the motives for killing the Arab. Camus once again puts forward how it is impossible to find rationality, when the universe is irrational itself, and that the only solution is to accept the absurdist philosophy. As a response to how the court is unjustly looking at the situation, Meursault’s lawyer states, “Here we have the epitome of this trail. Everything is true and yet nothing is true!”, meaning that it is true that Meursault did not feel grief when his mother died, but that truth has nothing to do with the
While his own choices resulted in his demise, it also appeared that Meursault accepted responsibility for his crimes and did not care about the punishment. It was also shown with his beliefs. Meursault chose not to believe in God and despite being branded as a demon, he stuck to his beliefs and did not care for the consequences others bestowed upon him for his deviation from the general population (Source A). Another instance was when the Samsa’s kept Gregor locked in his room like a prisoner. They knew that Gregor must not be revealed to the outside world and they accepted the consequences of no longer having their son to support them despite suffering debt (Source B).
The prosecutor, the examining magistrate, and Meursault’s own lawyer were curious and confused, for they did not know Meursault’s motives or his justification for his actions. The magistrate, with a puzzled expression on his face, asked Meursault, “‘But why, why did you go on firing at a prostrate man?’ Again I found nothing to reply” (Camus 42). In order to solve the case and fairly sentence Meursault to the punishment he deserves, the authorities were eager to discover why Meursault has done such an unscrupulous thing. Camus’ use of repetition within the magistrate’s question emphasizes the yearn for a reasonable explanation for Meursault’s actions.
When thinking about his upcoming execution, Meursault even reflects that “for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a loud crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate” (123). It is strange that Meursault previously stated that he was devoid of hope, but then uses the word “wish” two sentences later. It may be that his desires have switched over from unattainable to realistic. After all, he does not wish for society’s love, only their presence. As this quote reveals, Meursault is perfectly fine with being hated.
He lives much like how wild animals live , doing only what is necessary to survive and nothing more. He has no purpose in life and no meaning, he simply lives in the present. He only interacts with people when it benefits him or because he feels like it, as seen with how he treats Raymond, Salamano and Marie. Meursault is a socially awkward anti-hero. Meursault kills an Arab man in the