Theme Of Absurdity In The Stranger

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As the French, absurdist philosopher Albert Camus once said, “Being different is not a bad thing. It means you are brave enough to be yourself.” That sum up with our topic, which is absurdity through human existence, a human being should tolerate the absurd condition of human existence. Albert Camus introduces Meursault the protagonist and narrator of the book The Stranger, who is a stranger through society eyes and the title point out his personality in the world of absurdity. Meursault is indifferent and alienates young man to others. Thus, being indifferent does not make him an outsider, in lieu, sui generis, it makes him stand out while looking into an unaltered world, because if we were all the same life would be boring, he is an unbiased…show more content…
However, it is essential to him that he is happy to be different and have his own interpretation of the world that he is living in. The narrator thinks that human has no value and we all absurd because we are living in a world of absurdity. Meursault is free from worry, he does not show any importance towards his mom’s death, he does not want to see his mom’s body, which is absurd that everyone wants to see their loved ones for the last time when they die. Nonetheless, not Meursault, he does not live his life fully and he does not appreciate what he possesses, he is a lack of sentiment and emotion. The reason he shoots the Arab man and what lesson the process through the trial teaches him. His reaction to the heat is strange, you hot you kill somebody that does not make any sense, and it is an absurd reaction, not the normal reaction. The trial is absurd because they do not care about him killing the Arab, but they care about him not crying at his mother’s funeral. This is the absurdity of human existence. Meursault is happy once he accepts himself to be part of the reality of human existence, at the end of the book he asks to be “less alone”; he is a man who is set in his ways. As I mentioned previously, being different is a gift because you are brave enough to be yourself, “Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that you
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