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Albert Camus and The Absurd - The Stranger, by Albert Camus, is the story of Meursault, a man who cares not for the future, nor the past. He lives without meaning, without rationality, without emotions. On one fateful day at the beach, Meursault shoots and kills an Arab, leading to a chain of events that causes his death. Throughout the judicial process, Albert Camus criticizes the society he lives in and the values it holds. The Stranger is the definitive work on Camus' own thoughts, and the basis of title as the Professor of the Absurd....   [tags: Albert Camus]
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The Sun in The Stranger by Albert Camus - From page fifty-eight to fifty-seven of Albert Camus’s The Stranger he uses the relentless Algerian sun as a motif for the awareness of reality that pursues the main character, Meursault, throughout the passage. When each motif appears in the novel such as this passage, Meursault’s actions change. This exemplifies that the light, heat, and sun trigger him to become debilitated or furious. Albert Camus sets up this motif in the passage to indicate to the reader that this motif shows the major themes of this novel....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus] 803 words
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Mortality in the Stranger by Albert Camus - Everyone will die. Meursault’s awareness of death contributes to his nonchalant attitude toward every death he witness or must endure in The Stranger. Death fails to upset Meursault. In The Stranger, Albert Camus emphasizes mortality in order to expose the ignorance humanity has towards the inevitable or unknown end. Camus’s emphasis on time accentuates Meursault’s indifference. This indifference reveals that death occurs inevitably, regardless of time. The first thought that the audience reads, “Maman died today....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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Eyes in the Stranger by Albert Camus - In The Stranger, Albert Camus personifies eyes as a source of knowledge. Characters come upon knowledge through many different sources from touch to hearing. The knowledge gained through eyes can range from, self discovery to understanding events taking place. Eyes and knowledge all seem to be related to Meursault. Meursault’s ability to understand events and circumstances depends on his clarity of vision. Unlike other characters, Meursault’s eyes do not provide knowledge, thus leaving characters misunderstanding him....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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The Absurd in Albert Camus’ The Stranger - Empathy makes us human yet not all humans are emphatic, In Albert Camus’ The Stranger a suspiciously apathetic man named Meursault comes to light as a criminal. However Meursault perpetrated a crime of passion, is that not absurd for a negligent man. In a simple view of Meursault life and philosophies the remission of human feelings is evident, and slightly frightening. In the stranger most of the events in the main characters life require an emotional effect, the death of his mother, the engagement to a beautiful woman who loved him deeply, befriending a criminal, and most shockingly the act of homicide....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger ]
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The Stranger, by Albert Camus - How do you understand a stranger. How do you judge their actions. In Albert Camus’s existentialist text, The Stranger, the protagonist is a stranger to all but himself and because of his character, society finds Meursault guilty of being an incomprehensible and dangerous alien. The court that judges Meursault ignorantly sentences him to death. However, the first person perspective narrative allows the reader a glimpse into his mind, giving them a chance to understand his character and the actions that inevitably leads him to the guillotine....   [tags: literary analysis, albert camus]
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The Stranger, Albert Camus - “Between my straw mattress and the bed planks, I had actually found an old scrap of newspaper, yellow and transparent, half-stuck to the canvas. On it was a news story, the first part of which was missing, but which must have taken place in Czechoslovakia. A man had left a Czech village to seek his fortune. Twenty-five years later, and now rich, he had returned with a wife and a child. His mother was running a hotel with his sister in the village where he’d been born. In order to surprise them, he had left his wife and child at another hotel and gone to see his mother, who didn’t recognize him when he walked in....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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Meursault's Indifference in The Stranger, by Albert Camus - In The Stranger, Albert Camus allows the main character to tell the story in order to give the reader an experience of his own. Obviously, with a novel also comes language, which Camus incorporates cleverly as a way to indirectly illustrate Meursault’s thoughts about certain situations. Although the novel represents a postmodern setting, the author shifts the overall meaning. In The Stranger, Camus applies a unique literary style as a power that deflects blame from Meursault, the antiheroic character....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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Right and Wrong in the Stranger by Albert Camus - In The Stranger, Albert Camus characterizes Meursault as a man who focuses on smaller aspects of his life rather than the big picture in order to create an inverted moral standard which makes Meursault an outsider in his own life. Meursault finds lying far more terrible than murder, yet he doesn’t judge people based on their previous actions. He helps a man commit an act of violence against a woman, and though he is an accomplice, he feels no guilt. However, Meursault pushes his emotions away, displacing them into a focus on smaller, more physical aspects of his life, such as noises and the weather....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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Meursault’s Subconscious Mind in Albert Camus’ The Stranger - In Part One of The Stranger, Albert Camus avoids religious confrontations with Meursault in order to subconsciously place blame on Christ for his criminal actions. Camus restricts Meursault’s relationships to further distance him from his mother. Meursault then alienates himself from the typical spiritual ceremonies and actions to demonstrate his distrust of religion. Simultaneously, Camus uses diction of clear and bright elements to characterize people in the novel, excluding Meursault. Camus associates dark colors with Meursault to depict a sadistic persona....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger]
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The Hero of Albert Camus' The Guest - The Hero of Albert Camus' The Guest Although some have called Albert Camus an existentialist, he never consented to the label. Still, he saw many things the way an existentialist sees them. Camus talks of humanity’s aloneness in the universe and their complete freedom and responsibility for their own lives, themes he pulls together with his idea of the absurd. Camus’ story The Guest powerfully expresses his thought on these prevailing ideas by his story and descriptions of an open landscape and solitary schoolhouse....   [tags: Albert Camus The Guest]
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Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus - Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus' essay, 'The Myth Of Sisyphus' is an insightful analysis of the classic work, 'The Myth Of Sisyphus'. In some regards Camus' view of Sisyphus can seem quite accurate and in tune with the original text, but based on Camus' interpretation of the justness of Sisyphus' punishment, it is clear that the writer has some different ideas as well. Camus concludes that this punishment does not have the effect the Gods had intended, and ultimately the tragic hero must be seen as being 'happy'....   [tags: Papers Albert Camus Sisyphus]
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Existentialism and Albert Camus' The Plague - Existentialism and The Plague    In the mid 1940s, a man by the name of Albert Camus began to write a story. This story he called La Pesté. Written in French, the novel became extremely popular and has since been translated numerous times into many languages. This story has been read over and over, yet it tells more than it seems to. This story tells the tale of a city gripped by a deadly disease. This is true enough, but this is not what the novel is about. The Plague can be read as an allegory of World War II, of the French Resistance against German Occupation....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]
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The Schoolmaster in Albert Camus's The Guest - In Albert Camus's "The Guest," an idealistic schoolmaster, Daru, is forced to make many unsettling decisions when ordered to deliver an Arab prisoner to higher authorities in Tinguit. From the beginning, after the prisoner is transferred into his custody, Daru chooses to treat him as a guest rather than a prisoner. Also, Daru decides not to cast judgment on the Arab for the crime of killing his cousin. Lastly, Daru chooses not to play God and assume the awesome responsibility of deciding another man's fate....   [tags: The Guest by Albert Camus] 720 words
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Albert Camus' Philosophy in The Plague - Albert Camus' Philosophy in The Plague To know ourselves diseased is half our cure. - Alexander Pope As the title clearly suggests, the novel The Plague is, indeed, a story of disease. On the surface, the novel The Plague, may be an accounting of facts detailing the outbreak of bubonic plague in the town of Oran. But on a deeper level, it is a novel that reveals awareness and acceptance of the limits of human existence. And it is also a reminder of our absurd freedom and the choices we make in life, especially when facing death....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]
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The Contemporary Relevance of Albert Camus - The Contemporary Relevance of Albert Camus ABSTRACT: After 350 years of continual social transformations under the push of industrialization, capitalism, world-wide social revolutions, and the development of modern science, what reasonably remains of the traditional faith in divine transcendence and providential design except a deep-felt, almost 'ontological' yearning for transcendence. Torn between outmoded religious traditions and an ascendant secular world, the contemporary celebration of individuality only makes more poignant the need for precisely that religious consolation that public life increasingly denies....   [tags: Albert Camus Essays] 3158 words
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Indifference in Albert Camus' The Stranger - Indifference in Albert Camus' The Stranger In Albert Camus novel, The Stranger (The Outsider), the main character Meursault displays a unique indifference to his surroundings and the world around him. It takes him a degree of time to come to terms with his indifference, but when he does he feels truly free from society's constricting bonds. He leads an apathetic lifestyle that is characterized by his constant lack of a definitive personality. Meursault wanders through life as if in a drunken stupor, living the life of a pleasure seeker....   [tags: Albert Camus The Outsider] 808 words
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Counting Stars, by One Republic and Albert Camus’ The Stranger - In a simple style of words and language, Camus masterfully molds a novel through the narrative of a single man: Meursault. Taking place in the 1940’s, his book, “The Stranger” written through the first-person narrative of its protagonist, Meursault, that allows the reader to fully understand his actions and character. Throughout his narrative, Meursault’s character develops from part one to part two, emerging from an indecisive person lacking emotions to an existential character who ultimately accepts his death....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger]
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Understanding Albert Camus' The Plague - Understanding The Plague The Plague, written by Albert Camus, is a triumph of literary craft. Camus created a commentary on the way humans react to trying situations and circumstances in his fictional city of Oran in North Africa. The reader is presented with Oran as a city of several hundred thousand people. All of whom seem to take life for granted. The people of Oran ar constantly driven by business or money and only stop for life's finer pleasures on the weekends. A fairly accurate parallel to today's world....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays] 757 words
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The Stranger, by Albert Camus - The Stranger, by Albert Camus, begins with Meursault receiving a telegram informing him of his mother's death. He attends the funeral and shows no remorse during it, but he complains about how hot it is. After returning, he goes on a date with Marie Cardona, a former co-worker, and has a sexual relationship with her. The day after he encounters an alleged pimp, Raymond Sintes. Raymond asks Meursault to write a letter to lure his mistress back so he can torment her after he found out she was cheating on him....   [tags: Albert Camus Stranger Analysis] 1619 words
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - Many people often base their opinions on a person by judging his whole life in general and his attitude towards life without caring about who the person really is deep down inside. This unfair reasoning can occur in the courtroom when people are put on trial and the judge and the jury must delve into the life of the accused and determine if he is a hazard to society. Occasionally, the judge and jury are too concerned with the accused’s past that they become too biased and give an unfair conviction and sentencing....   [tags: Albert Camus Stranger] 974 words
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The Grief of Existentialist in Albert Camus’s Work of Fiction, "The Stranger" - Albert Camus’s work of fiction, The Stranger, explores the life of a French man known as Meursault after his mother dies of old age. Meursault does not feel grief for his mothers death as he believes that doing so is pointless since he, as well as Camus himself, is an atheist and an existentialist. As such, he doesn’t concern himself with traditional emotions and beliefs and is instead only concerned with the physical world around him and his physical interactions with it. This is best exemplified when comparing the novels opening paragraph, “Maman died today....   [tags: Albert Camus, Stranger, Grief, Existentialism, ]
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Finding Meaning in Albert Camus’ The Plague - Finding Meaning in Albert Camus’ The Plague Socrates, a Greek philosopher, once said that “the unexamined life is not worth living” (Apology 38b). Like Socrates, Albert Camus believed that a man needs to live meaningfully. In his novel The Plague Camus creates characters who are forced to think, reflect, and assume responsibility for living as they battle an epidemic of bubonic plague that is ravaging the Algerian port of Oran. For ten months as the outbreak isolates the city from the rest of the world, each of the citizens reacts in a unique way....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]
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Inexperienced Minds in Albert Camus' The Plague - Inexperienced Minds in The Plague   The town itself, let us admit, is ugly. These are the words of Dr. Bernard Rieux, the narrator of Albert Camus The Plague. His accurate, unexaggerated descriptions of a town’s sufferings, bring the novel to life. The town of Oran becomes afflicted with a plague, and Rieux, the town doctor, watches the town quickly die away. He joins forces with Jean Tarrou, Raymond Rambert, Joseph Grand, and Father Paneloux, hoping to defeat the unbeatable enemy. The quarantined town ultimately defeats the disease, but not before incredible losses are suffered....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays] 1930 words
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - In The Stranger, Albert Camus portrays Meursault, the book's narrator and main character, detached, and unemotional. He does not think much about events or their consequences, or does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times. He displays emotionless throughout the book in his reactions to the people and events in the book. After his mother's death he sheds no tears he seems to show no emotion. He displays limited feelings for his girlfriend, Marie Cardona, and shows no remorse at all for killing an Arab....   [tags: Camus Albert Stranger] 797 words
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Power of the Mind Revealed in Albert Camus' The Guest - Power of the Mind Revealed in Albert Camus' “The Guest” In “The Guest”, a short story written by Albert Camus, Camus uses his views on existentialism to define the characters’ values. Camus’ effective use of descriptive words and individual thoughts and actions allows the reader to understand and sympathize with the characters’ judgments of one another, predominantly pertaining to the characters Daru and the Arab. Daru’s responses to the Arab and his decisions, Camus’ description of the Arab, and the Arab’s respect for Daru, prove that there is a basic goodness in humans, allowing them to accept responsibility and consequences for their acts of free will....   [tags: Albert Camus The Guest] 702 words
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Anarchism in Albert Camus' Short Story, The Guest - Anarchism in Albert Camus' Short Story, "The Guest" [[ "The Guest" is a small story which can usually be found in a compilation of Camus' works or in a World Literature anthology. Here, I have used the translation of "The Guest" found in the Norton Anthology of World Literature, 5th Edition. Since this is a critical essay on a particular story, it assumes that the reader has read the story. I do not believe that it will be nonsensical if you have not read "The Guest" yet, but I do encourage you to read the story so the ideas I put forth can be understood better in their context....   [tags: Albert Camus The Guest] 1052 words
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Futility of Human Existence Exposed in The Guest by Albert Camus - “He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool” (Wyatt). As this quote by Albert Camus suggests, he was not a very optimistic writer. His gloomy look on life itself can be seen all too clearly in “The Guest”. The story itself deals with Camus’s idea of the futility of human existence: the only rational thing anyone can expect is death. Camus’s underlying philosophy is revealed from the very beginning of the story. The French title, “L’hote”, translates to mean both “guest” and “host” simultaneously, which implies that the mutually respectful relationship between the main characters in the story should be applied to mankind everywhere....   [tags: The Guest Albert Camus] 2328 words
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Is Meursault Heroic in Albert Camus' The Stranger? - Is Meursault Heroic in The Outsider.     When Meursault is described to us in the early stages of "The Outsider" we see that he does not obey society's codes therefore is it fair for us to assess him using societies interpretation of "heroic".   If we are to judge him by them then we are given ample examples throughout the novel of his having no compassion or even of his thinking of the consequences of his actions, hardly heroic, but the converse is also demonstrated in many places.  An example of the former is when Raymond asks Meursault to "draft" a letter to an Arab prostitute.  Meursault knows what will result from his actions but seems unemotional and views the let...   [tags: Albert Camus, The Outsider]
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The Outsider by Albert Camus - The Outsider by Albert Camus BACKGROUND: ‘In our society,’ wrote Albert Camus, ‘any man who doesn’t cry at his mother’s funeral is liable to be condemned to death.’ This may seem a bewilderingly dramatic, almost self-indulgent sort of assertion, but it is one which Camus brought to life in The Outsider, and to frankly devastating effect. The Outsider has become something of a cult classic over the years, especially in undergraduate circles. It inspired The Cure’s ‘Killing an Arab’, a song which attracted a degree of controversy when it was (wrongly) assumed to advocate racial violence....   [tags: Outsider Camus Literature Analysis] 1525 words
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Albert Camus - Albert Camus was born on November 7th, 1913 in Mondovi, Algeria, a town fifteen and a half miles south of Annaba, the second child of Lucien Auguste and Catherine Helene Sintes. They were a French family settling in French Algeria, referred to as Pied Noir. His father worked as a foreman at a vineyard earning a minimal salary and also served in the military. Catherine was a Spanish woman. She was also partially deaf because of a stroke that damaged her speech for good. Albert Camus only had one brother, Lucien, named after their father....   [tags: camus biography]
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Themes of The Stranger by Albert Camus - ... Another example for this is: ”The utter pointlessness of whatever I was doing there seized me by the throat, and all I wanted was to get it over with and get back to my cell and sleep." (Camus 100) This is a quote of Meursault, while he was in the trial and doesn’t take the trial seriously. He didn’t have any desire to win the case and survive. This shows the absurdity inside Meursault himself. Lastly, in the ending part of the book, there is a quote saying: “As if that blind rage has washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, I that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world....   [tags: existetialism novels] 1448 words
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Taking a Look at Albert Camus - ... Some writings differ due to living in a nonviolent home yet some of his writing involve killing .His family had his life planned out from the time Camus father died, but his life had taken another approach. Camus was compassionate towards others, especially his idols Malraux and Gide. Malraux and Gide inspired him to write. (Lea, Simpson) A factor that help contributed to his work is his life, “A Happy Death” and “The Stranger” are two of his books that are mostly parallel to each other. In both books, a main character killed another human being because they wanted to see what his outcome would be....   [tags: philosopher, author, journalist, existentialism]
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A Stranger in the Sun by Albert Camus - In The Stranger, author Albert Camus involves the sun throughout the novel in order to display mans vulnerability. He presents the sun as a powerful, unfortunate influence on main character, Meursault and describes him as a simple minded, easily influenced, mellow individual. The Main influence in Meursaults’ life is the sun. Meursault is bothered by it however he does not make much of an attempt to stop or ignore it. He simply permits the suns heat, accepting it and affirms his personality. Becoming vulnerable is basic however with a more vigorous charisma, persuasion can be avoided....   [tags: Analysis, Symbolism]
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Absurdism in The Stranger by Albert Camus - ... Also at the time of the funeral, the caretaker approached him and asked if he “would you like to see [his] mother one last time?’” (Camus 13), an offer he chose to decline. This developing indifference in Meursault’s character is what the reader is presented with as the book starts off. This excerpt from the novel shows his overall attitude towards the death of his mother, not wanting to see her for the last time before she is gone forever, which leads the reader to question the personality of this man....   [tags: personal relationships, family, relations]
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Existentialism in The Stranger by Albert Camus - In The Stranger by Albert Camus there are many points where Camus’s personal beliefs in existentialism are found. Camus showed his existentialistic beliefs by using his characters to make social commentaries on multiple different social institution, including marriage, time, and society itself. Camus uses all of his characters to show his social commentaries with specific characters going to show what existentialists believe are bad qualities of social institutions. Some of the social institutions that are shown in this novel are marriage, time, and the idea of a group of people forming a society altogether....   [tags: Marie, Raymond, Perez, and Meursault]
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The Stranger a Novel by Albert Camus - ... society is aghast that he has not observed what is considered a proper mourning period for his mother. Part 1 also shows his involvement with his neighbor Raymond Sintes, who is a pimp. Raymond is vindictive, he has beaten up his girlfriend for cheating on him, but he is not satisfied, he wants further satisfaction. He has Mersault write a harsh letter to her for him. This results in a second confrontation in which Raymond beats her brutally. Mersault agrees to testify for Raymond that the confrontation was provoked by the girl....   [tags: mersault, philosophy of the absurd] 882 words
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Analysis of The Guest by Albert Camus - ... He says exactly what he think without trying to be polite, in another words, he express his thoughts directly. It is demonstrated by the dialogue with Balducci. He directly refuse to sent this Arab criminal to the prison. Lastly, there is also a few example shows that he is a contradictory person. He treat the Arab as a guest, but he notices every movement that the Arab makes. Although he believes the Arab and try to refuse the revolver from Bladucci, he still take the revolver and stuck it in his pocket(Camus 364)....   [tags: North Africa, Politics, Algeria]
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The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus - In Nichomeachean Ethics, Aristotle attempts to define happiness, which brings forth many other questions that lead to the ultimate question: What is the meaning of life. While all of Aristotle’s ideas are both interesting and important, I’ll only mention those that are relevant to the character analysis. Similar to flow; optimal experience, Aristotle draws a fine line between activities or goals that are either means, ends, or both means and ends while claiming that the ultimate end is that which is the means is an end in itself....   [tags: Nichomeachean Ethics]
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Existentialism in The Stranger by Albert Camus - ... The second sentence then dives deeper to say that even in a rational world such as this, once it is presented in a new light the world as we know it could become alien leaving people in a state of awe and the way this is expressed in The Stranger is with Meursault's outlook on life and his internal struggle to be himself in a society that isn’t correspondent to his own ideologies. The Stranger is usually referred to as an “existential” novel, however because the term itself is so board the description is not entirely accurate....   [tags: Dettachment, Reality]
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Love in Albert Camus´ The Stranger - ... She never fails to attest to what she wants “Then she said she wondered if she loved me, and there was no way I could know about that…Then we went for a walk through the main streets to the other end of town” Marie did not want Meursault to simply love her, she just assumed that asking was the best way to assert her feelings. What she wanted was to test if Meursault wanted to stay with her, for all that mattered to her was that Meursault was by her side (Camus 42). Marie does not need to have that binding verbal contract with Meursault about love, because she knows that if Meursault did not have strong feelings for her, he would never have stayed with her for this long of a time....   [tags: strength, desire, confidence, needs]
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The Nonconformist: Albert Camus's The Stranger - In the past and in today’s society, people are told how to live based on different influences found in their surrounding environment. Different ethnicity have distinct believes on the meaning of life and have unique traditions. In the novel, The Stranger, Meursault is the only character who is daring and does not conform to the ideas or practices of the French-Algerian society; even though he was constantly being pressured to change his absurd views. The protagonist in the novel, The Stranger, refusal to conform to societal ideas hinders his ability to become accepted into it, however allows him to live an honest and worthwhile life....   [tags: French Algeria, Social Morals]
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The Rebel by Albert Camus - ... He marks the characteristics of a Rebel, and what role the rebel plays on society, and the role society plays on him. Looking into different aspects of this new found sense of protest, Camus tries to describe all the various perspectives of looking at the rebel. Divided into 5 parts, The Rebel elaborates the different characters that propel the feeling of rebellion, and the factors that society play in bringing this feeling about. Camus also sheds light on his concept of the Absurd in the book, in order to explain the estrangement a rebel feels with his new found attitude of refusal....   [tags: literature and history, philosopher] 780 words
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - Albert Camus, a philosopher and writer, creates the character of Meursault in The Stranger to embody the journey towards absurdism. In the novel, the reader observes as Meursault attends his mother’s funeral, meets a woman, shoots a man, and receives the death sentence. Camus characterizes Meursault by his reactions to the construction of the plot. In understanding the mentality of Meursault, the reader comes to understand the mentality of an absurdist. Because the characterization of Meursault exemplifies Camus’s ideas on the absurdist life, the study of Camus’s manipulation of the plot in The Stranger is the key to understanding Camus’s underlying motivation of elucidating absurdism....   [tags: Characterization, Plot Manipulation, Absurdism]
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - ... What the courtroom doesn’t understand is that Meursault doesn’t feel sad because he sees death as the inevitable outcome of life. Camus demonstrates that the world of The Stranger is irrational by excluding from the text any logical explanation for the events that happen in the novel. For instance, Meursault never has a reason for the decision to marry Marie and killing the Arab. The society nonetheless constantly attempts to create reasonable explanations for his irrational actions. The society also feels threatened and disrupted by the idea that some things in life happen for no purpose....   [tags: existencialist novels, philosophical analysis] 1102 words
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The Plague by Albert Camus - ... People are accustomed to having things directly told to them; however, this instance would force them to draw conclusions and utilize their brains in ways they would not have done otherwise. It brings up people’s utmost consciousness so that they are not mindlessly going about their day doing empty activities. Joseph Lella supports this claims when he states, “Tarrou observes both his cat-spitting neighbor and the old Spaniard (along with his pans of peas) with a similar, dare I say, admiration as to how they spend their time.” He argues that because these people are in control of how they chose to spend their time, they are being wise and efficient....   [tags: absurdism, imprisonment] 1014 words
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - The novel The Stranger was written by Albert Camus in 1942. The story is an example of how Camus perceives the world with his views. Camus’s views are that moral actions do not have any justification. Camus is considered an existentialist which means that he didn’t believe life had a specific meaning. Many of his beliefs are seen in this novel, as well as his other works. His beliefs began to form during his experience of World War II and after the terrors of the war; many other people believed that the human existence had no meaning....   [tags: the morals of Meursault] 979 words
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - ... But Meursault is neither happy, nor unhappy-he is indifferent. As the chapter continues, the ironic situation in which Meursault enjoys the nice weather despite the tragic and saddened occasion identifies the undermined meaning of useless connection to life. Meursault’s belief that the word is meaningless becomes apparent throughout the rest of the chapter displayed by the use of Camus’ ironic disposition. Madame Meursault’s “boyfriend/close friend”, the only person who cares for her, cannot keep up with the funeral procession due to his physical condition....   [tags: story and character analysis] 735 words
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - The Word existence comes from the Latin root “ex” out, and sistere from stare, which means to stand (rise up). Existentialism literally means pertaining to existence or in logic, predicating existence. Philosophically existentialism applies to a vision of the condition and existence or lack of one, with God. According to Kierkegaard, Christian existentialism is all meaning and serenity which comes through one’s relationship with God by putting our selves in his hands and finding freedom from tensions and discontent and also praying to him in order to be bless and find peace within our selves....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - Albert Camus has his own toolbox of literary devices when it comes to accentuating the theme of The Stranger, one of them being his unique sense and use of secondary characters. Whether major or minor, every character in the book serves a purpose, and corroborates the theme in some form of fashion. Camus describes his secondary characters as foiling Meursault in one aspect or another, and thus, shining light on Meursault’s characteristics. Whether through close connections like familial relationships (Maman) and friendships (Salamano, Raymond, and Marie), or through bonds as distant as people he briefly converses with (Chaplain), or even so much as complete strangers (Perez and unidentified...   [tags: Secondary Characters, Character Analysis]
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - Albert Camus’s novel The Stranger, Meursault the main character, narrates in the first person and thus, his perceptions are limited. The description of the other characters is entirely subjective, that is, he does not attempt to understand their thoughts and feelings. Meursault is detached from society which makes his descriptions of things going on around him removed. He also refuses to adhere to the accepted moral order of society and thus, society brands him an outsider. The internal world of his thoughts and the external world of he lives in both don’t retain any order....   [tags: The Stranger Essays] 1156 words
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - ... Meursault’s relationship with Marie Cardona, for instance, is emotionless on his end, which she generously makes up for. She asks him many times whether he loves her or not, to which he truthfully answers no. She asks him if he’s going to marry her. Unenthusiastically he says he wouldn’t be opposed to the idea of marrying her. Meursault bases his relationship with Marie off of his current physical wants and needs; he is not concerned with the future nor with feeling love. Raymond, although a very different character than Meursault, likes Meursault’s blatant honesty....   [tags: story and character analysis, existentialism] 845 words
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - ... When Marie asked if he wanted to get married, he gives an indefinite answer of “it didn’t really matter” (41). Ironically, the “role reversal”-taking taking place shows that Meursault has no interest in leading his own life. He just follows the path life chooses for him. Meursault, at first, does not understand the significance of life because he does not have the ability to form his own conscious opinions. It is then the murder of the Arab that becomes a catalyst for his change in perception and forces him to take a stance....   [tags: story and character analysis] 999 words
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The Stranger, by Albert Camus - In many works of literature a character conquers great obstacles to achieve a worthy goal. Sometimes the obstacles are personal impediment, at other times it consists of the attitude and beliefs of others. In the book The Stranger by Albert Camus, shows the character Meursault who is an emotionless character that let’s other people show their opinions and emotions into him giving him a type of feeling even if Meursault doesn’t care. Meursault contains occasion of his emotional indifference between his friends and social indifference....   [tags: The Stranger Essays]
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - The Stranger by Albert Camus The book that I read was called The Stranger written by Albert Camus. The book is globally famous and was translated to many different languages and texts. The original was called L’Étranger which was written in French in 1942. The plot of this story involved a man in his late twenties or early thirties. The man's name is Meursault. In the beginning of the novel, Meursault is notified that his mother had passed away in the nursing home that he occupied her to. Meursault’s income could not afford to take care of his mother any longer; therefore, he put her in a nursing home....   [tags: Book Report Camus Stranger] 1538 words
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Albert Camus' The Outsider - Albert Camus’s novel The Outsider is a fictional narrative that presents strong philosophical themes such as the irrationality of the universe and meaningless of human life. Throughout the novel it is clear that the narrator and protagonist – a young man named Meursault – is the only character that is able to understand and appreciate these ideas or philosophical truths. It is for this reason that he is an outsider. Accordingly, other social groups, including women, are represented as shallow as they constantly attempt to identify or create rational structure and meaning in their lives – Camus’s notion of absurdity....   [tags: fictional narrative, themes, lietrary analysis]
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Opposing Perspectives in Hesse’s Siddhartha and Camus’ The Stranger - Hermann Hesse and Albert Camus were both talented authors whose works have greatly influenced the world of literature. Hesse’s Siddhartha and Camus’ The Stranger have impacted readers for decades. These novels centralize around a common principle of finding inner truth. The main characters, Siddhartha and Meursault, have very different ideologies by which they live their lives. These opposing perspectives greatly influence their individual decisions and the people around them. The style in which each of these novels is written exemplifies these differences between Siddhartha and Meursault....   [tags: Hermann Hesse, Albert Camus]
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Albert Camus and His Views on Existentialism - Albert Camus is considered one of the greatest existentialist writers of all time. However, although he was considered an existentialist writer, Camus never labeled himself as an existentialist. “No, I am not an existentialist”  (Albert Camus: Lyrical and Critical Essays, Vintage (1970)) Camus rejected in an 1945 interview, however in some of his literary works, some find that his writings are one of a true existentialistic thinker. Although many contrast these thoughts and believe that Camus was anything but a thinker of this philosophy, Camus is one of the main authors that people turn to research and read to understand the thinking of existentialism....   [tags: Existentialist Writer] 1002 words
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Albert Camus's Essay: The Myth of Sisyphus - In the essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus attempts to give answers to some tough questions. He wants to know if life is worth living or how we can make it worth living, as well as whether or not it is possible to live with certainty. To him, the absurd man realizes that life is absurd after his expectations are repeatedly contradicted and he realizes the world is an unreasonable place that cannot be explained. These unreasonable expectations of certainty ultimately cause many absurd men to think that life is not worth living when they are faced with what they feel is a hopeless situation....   [tags: existencialism, philosphical analysis] 984 words
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Albert Camus and his Idea of Religion - Albert Camus was an existentialist. He was also not a religious person and even though he was born and raised a Catholic; he soon quit his religious faith and turned into an atheist, believing that religion was “philosophical suicide”. He described his attitude toward religion in the lines “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.” Yet, it is seen that even though he denied being an existentialist, he is seen to have ‘brooded over such questions as the meaning of life in the face of death.’ “Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by...   [tags: religion, atheism, the ousider, god]
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Albert Camus’ Concept of Absurdity and Happiness - Introduction In the midst of the problems of the world, no one can deny that human suffering is inevitable, since it has been presented throughout the history of mankind. That life is absurd, indeed as Albert Camus asserts. Since how can one really find meaning in life if we live in a senseless world. Fortunately, three possibilities were presented, that man can choose in order to be released from human suffering. First would be suicide, which is also considered as one of the most serious philosophical problem, since suicide becomes an option for some by ending their life to be released from their sufferings....   [tags: Post Modern Period]
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The Absurd in F Albert Camus' The Outsider. - ... That Meursault appears and seems to act in conformity with the absurdist ways of life is an indication of his innocence and not of his awareness of the absurd. Awareness of absurdity comes to Meursault in its full implications during his confrontation with the priest whose offer of salvation in God‘s mercy and forgiveness only serves to make him realize the utter hopelessness of his fate. This leads him to a passionate declaration of an affirmation of life and a denial of death. That he is passionate about this even to the verge of rage is explained by his realization of his hopeless fate....   [tags: Hopelessness, Absurditty]
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The Importance of Religion in The Stranger by Albert Camus - Oxford Dictionaries defines religion as the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Religion is important in life because it not only gives humanity order, but it also gives people a reason for life. Without religion, perhaps society would be one big pile of corrupt, evil, and selfish human beings. This is something that Meursault struggles with the concept of religion the entire novel because he has a strong belief in the truth, which opens up a wide spread of issues....   [tags: God, morality, death] 669 words
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The Character of Meursault in The Outsider, by Albert Camus - Meursault had an indifferent, nonchalant demeanour. The setting of the novel prevails in Algiers after the invasion of the French. Since the novel was written post World War I, the political tension and fear in the society is vividly visible. Meursault was drastically different from the narrow minded people who alienated him. Since the society had been colonized by the French, it was vulnerable, destabilized and wary of threats, Meursault was unaccepted by them. Meursault, the protagonist and narrator is a stoic and detached figure....   [tags: The Outsider Essays]
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Meursault as Sisyphus in Albert Camus',The Stranger - “But from the moment he knows, his tragedy begins.” Meursault is not unlike Sisyphus. In the novel, The Stranger, by Albert Camus, we watch this character change from a carefree man who loves being alive and free to a man who is imprisoned for a meaningless murder he commits but who eventually finds happiness in his fate. During the first half of the novel, we see many examples of Meursault’s freedom and how he exercises it. He does what he wants, when he wants to with no regard to how he affects the people around him....   [tags: literary analysis] 678 words
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Isolation in the Writing Styles of Camus - The writing style of Albert Camus in The Stranger shows the topic of isolation. Camus uses very short, straight to the point sentences, using very simple vocabulary to convey his message. In The Stranger, Meursault will give a complete thought in one sentence but the sentence after that will be completely different than what he was talking about in the previous sentence. The diction, syntax, and the organization of the novel all aid the readers to understand the topic of isolation and its purpose in the novel which is how Meursault, through his isolation from everyone and society, realizes that he has the ability to choose what he desires....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger, Isolation, Analysis]
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Albert's Aimless Absurdity - ... In addition, Camus continues his absurdist assessment of life when Meursault is asked about marriage from his newly acquired girlfriend Marie. He states, “Marie came that evening and asked me if I’d marry her. I said I didn’t mind; if she was keen on it, we’d get married” (Camus 28). This statement is essential because marriage is something meaningful to a person; and, many people take matrimony as a serious, long term commitment that requires work, effort, and a mutual agreement between two parties....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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The Stranger by Albert Camus - ... The lawyers hoped that he would plead self-defense, but he simply related the facts and nothing more in his own defense. The book did a particularly good job of describing Meursault in a way that gave no real insight into his persona, yet let us know what he was like on an outside appearance. The rest of the characters were described in a manner that showed their personalities beneath the skin, a rather satisfying way of making a side character slightly more important than just being there for the sake of being there....   [tags: existentialism novels, story analysis] 569 words
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Philosophy in Albert Camus' Two Novels, The Stranger and The Fall - Philosophy in Albert Camus' Two Novels, The Stranger and The Fall One of the most noted proponents of early French existentialism, Albert Camus, composed nearly a dozen superb literary works dealing with this philosophy. His first novel, The Stranger, and a later book, The Fall, are recognized as two masterpieces of philosophical literature, not only in the context of Camus’ own work, but in the broad scope of philosophy as well. Both novels deal with the struggle of an individual to identify himself in a world of absurdities; published more than a decade apart, however, they draw startlingly different conclusions on the subject....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]
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Isolation from Society in Conrad´s Heart of Darkness and Camus´ The Sranger - In Heart of Darkness and The Stranger Joseph Conrad and Albert Camus manipulate different styles of language and structure, yet both emphasize the isolation of the protagonists from society. In Heart of Darkness Conrad employs descriptive language and metaphors about society while using minor roles in order to display Marlow’s isolation. Meanwhile in The Stranger Camus structures the story in two parts to capture both sides of Meursault yet still develops a simple and direct writing style throughout the story to keep the theme of isolation....   [tags: Joseph Conrad, Albert Camus, metaphors]
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Absurdity in Albert Camus’ The Stranger - The word "absurd" or "absurdity" is very peculiar in that there is no clear definition for the term. Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary gave its definition of "absurd" as "having no rational or orderly relationship to human life: meaningless, also: lacking order or value." Many existential philosophers have defined it in their own manner. Soren Kierkegarrd, a pre-World War II German philosopher, defined absurd as "that quality of Christian faith which runs counter to all reasonable human expectation" (Woelfel 40)....   [tags: The Outsider Essays]
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Literary Devices Used in Albert Camus' The Plague - A book of horrors, fear and death. “The Plague” is a book by Albert Camus which weaves these emotions and events into one suspenseful tale. Each paragraph and section is written and structured in such a way as to give the reader insight into the feelings of the victims of the plague, and to show somewhat of a theme. The passage from section 4, part 4, line number 1 to line number 35 gives us a glimpse of the melancholy of the people of Oran to their dead loved ones to the extent that they do not attend All Souls' Day, for they were thinking of them too much as it was....   [tags: the plague] 912 words
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Analysis of Albert Camus' Quote - Analysis of Albert Camus' Quote Albert Camus' quote reaches me in a meaningful way. I am going to analyze this quote by the sentence because each one carries significance in the way I interpret them. The first sentence, " Society proceeds sovereignly to eliminate the evil ones from her midst as if she were virtue itself." This seems to me like Camus is saying that our society is acting as if it were perfect. So perfect that it can exclude violent or evil beings as if she (society) were perfect her self....   [tags: Papers] 373 words
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What is Man's Purpose for Living in Albert Camus' The Stranger - ... Despite living in poverty, Camus’ ability didn’t falter. Through working jobs, Camus entered college in the University of Algiers with an interest in philosophy and the Greek classics. He was an active university student involved in college football, swimming in the Mediterranean, lying under the sun, writing, and much more. He later established a theater of his own known as Avante Garde (Hamalian, L. & Volpe, E.L., 1970). By the time Camus turned 24 years old in 1937, he acquired tuberculosis....   [tags: absurdity, death, murder]
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The Foundation of Spirituality in Albert Camus' Novel, The Stranger - The pointlessness of existence is uncovered and expounded upon with an approach such that the foundation of spirituality is disturbed in Albert Camus’ existential novel “The Stranger”. The conception that compels this novel is one Albert Camus named himself, the “absurd”. An absurd person lives simply to fulfill the obligation of existence. In addition, static tools of chance and coincidence govern all action. Camus uses Mersault, as the primary vehicle to relate this concept. Mersault, lives out a seemingly normal life of indifference until the central climax of the novel changes him....   [tags: existentialist works, absurd, shooting]
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