Meursault is an ambitionless man who doesn’t make conscious decisions and passively allows anything including relationships and duties fall upon him. What it means to be human is to have qualities that allow you to communicate, have different emotions and characteristics. Meursault however does possess these attributes, but to the lowest point possible. He is distant from emotion, compassion and ambition. However, a positive characteristic of Meursault is that he’s a honest man. Overall he leads an indifferent life which results in poor and meaningless relationships with people such as his mother, girlfriend, and neighbours. Meursault lacks emotion and compassion, because of this he doesn’t react to anything negative in his life and remains
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
Meursault stops being a passive observer. In fact, he's "sure about [himself], about everything, surer than [the chaplain] could ever be, sure of [his] life and sure of the death [he has] waiting for [him]” (Camus 131). He went from not caring about anything that happened to him, to understanding and accepting the consequences of his actions and having an opinion on his death sentence; “Man cannot escape death” (Camus 141). He also states that he knows that he has left his life in the hands of others for too long. Edna also shares this problem with Meursault.
It is in these bizarre acts that the others deem Meursault a stranger. His disregard for social constructions presents the views of the existentialist philosophy. Love is known to be deception by existential theory due to one’s desire to have someone else love him or her. Also, as mentioned before, Meursault’s conviction in God’s nonexistence makes him detached not only concerning death, but also to love, morals (Meursault also befriends his neighbor, who is also thought to be a pimp by others), and other basic human conceptions. When new friend-the pimp- asks for his help to embarrass his ex-girlfriend, Meursault again with any consideration agrees to something that would have normally been thought of as insane, and does not contemplate that there may be consequences for this agreement.
He shows no grief or regret. The intensity of the emotions that the heat and sun evokes on him is shown as he pours with sweat: “Sweat was running down my face…I tried to fan myself with my handkerchief” (30). The sun is the only thing that can get a reaction out of Meursault; in this case, he gets out his handkerchief. His emotions evoked by the physical world, by the heat, light, and sun, bar him from experiencing the real feelings such as grief for his mother.
You know, it's funny how a middle aged sociopathic anthropomorphic character can be somewhat indistinguishably compared to an older military-imprisoned man, but both Meursault and Luke bear the qualities of bravery, redemption, and their attempt to create credibility amongst their peers. Meursault, who feels as if his life is at an end with no other resort due to his rebellious retribution, is unable to seek out any encouraging factors in his life. Luke finds his way past society condemning him and seeks out his blurry succeeding. Clueless. Uninterested.
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.
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...
Meursault begins to take in everything that has been going on throughout his life and has realized the situations that lead his death sentence. After Meursault's trail, he only cared about escaping the machinery of justice, hoping there is a way to avoid this problem. He blames himself every time for not paying attention or being aware to accounts of executions. Mesursault believes he could of found a way to prevent himself from dying if he was more curious about it. Times at the cell he remembers a story Maman used to tell Meursault about his father how he watched a murder get executed.
At the beginning of the novel, the reader gets a tone of emptiness from Meursault’s reaction to the death of his mother. People would offer him condolence, but his way of interacting with others made Meursault seem a bad guy and unusual. When he explained to his boss the reason of taking two days off, Meursault even said, “It’s not my fault.” (Camus 3). Meursault stating that shows the significance of the death of his mother to him.
His own personal understanding of justice has been so twisted his entire life without his quite grasping its true meaning that when he finally confronts it, he is stunned into rethinking his own beliefs. Meursault does not wish to die, and when he is sentenced to the guillotine, he
It is inferred that this man may be God. From the play, the two main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, have totally different characteristics from Meursault. They are much more emotional than normal people. They believe in each