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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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Religion in Modern Britain: An Outsider - In my personal opinion, it is possible for an individual to feel as if they are an outsider to a religious group of people, or a religion as a consensus. On the other hand, I believe that is it quite impossible to be a complete outsider of a religion. But I believe it is possible to be an outsider of a certain type of religion, if you know nothing about it. Then one can easily become an insider if they immerse themselves in that religion’s culture and study it’s practices. Currently in my life, I do not practice or affiliate myself with any type of religion or religious group, so therefore I can classify myself as an outsider of religion in my present state....   [tags: insider, outsider, culture]
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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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Human Relations in Camus' Novel, The Outsider, from an Existentialist View - Human relations are very important for any human, and differ from one age to another because of the emerging of different movements across time. The human relations with God, love, society, death etc… are relations that human make to live his life. I study in this paper the human relations in The Outsider novel by Albert Camus from an existentialist view. I want to study Meursault relations who is the main character in Albert Camus’s novel The Outsider , Meursault is being executed because he kills an arab person, but the main reason is that he does not cry at his mother’ funeral and lives his life as there is nothing happened, he goes in the next day to swim and he makes love with his fr...   [tags: The Outsider, Philosophy]
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Analysis of Camus' The Outsider - In the essay "Camus' The Outsider," Jean-Paul Sartre explains that Camus' book is more of an 'experience of the absurd' for readers than a 'novel' because it uses literary approaches to identify and clarify the absurdity of life. He then defines the absurd, people's reaction to it, and the narrative technique Camus uses. According to Jean Sartre, the absurd is both a 'state of fact' and what people obtain from this 'state of fact'. He is also the man who does not hesistate to draw the inevitable conclusions from a fundamental absurdity.The writer shows us that Meursault, the protagonist, is rather absurd because unlike any other rational person, he does not regret his mother's death and in...   [tags: The Outsider Essays] 758 words
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The Supernatural in H.P. Lovecraft’s The Outsider - The Supernatural in H.P. Lovecraft’s The Outsider One of H.P. Lovecraft’s many short stories, “The Outsider” has been praised since its publication as his most profound and meaningful. This story has been interpreted many different ways, varying from an autobiography of Lovecraft himself to several different philosophical analyses. One such interpretation, by Dirk Mosig compares the plot and settings of “The Outsider” to Lovecraft’s own doubtful views of religion and an afterlife....   [tags: Lovecraft Outsider Essays]
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The Absurd Morality of Death in The Outsider - The Absurd Morality of Death in The Outsider In The Outsider by Albert Camus, death can clearly be seen as a significant image - there being six deaths mentioned in total. In Part One we are shown the natural death of Meursault's mother and Meursault's murder of the Arab, and in Part Two we are presented with the parricide of a brother/son and the subsequent suicide of the perpetrators, another parricide that is to be tried after Meursault's case and the death penalty pronounced on Meursault. Through these depictions of various deaths, Camus shows clearly the conflicting and often arbitrary treatment of death within society, a treatment that reveals a confusion between the motives behind a...   [tags: The Outsider Death Dying Albert Camus Essays]
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Usage of the Outsider Theme in Claude McKay's Poetry - Usage of the Outsider Theme in Claude McKay's Poetry Claude McKay was an important figure during the 1920's in the Harlem Rennaisance. Primarily a poet, McKay used the point of view of the outsider as a prevalent theme in his works. This is best observed in such poems as "Outcast," "America," and "The White House." In these poems, McKay portrays the African-American as the outsiderof western society and its politics and laws and at times, the very land that he is native to. McKays's poem, "Outcast," is the most obvious example of this outsider theme....   [tags: Papers Claude McKay Outsider Poetry] 758 words
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Self Discovery in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Outsider - Self Discovery in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Outsider       In every society, it is important for individuals to adhere to a set of principles in order to maintain order. In Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Outsider , however, both protagonists ignored the values of their society. Raskolnikov and Meursault felt their own beliefs were significant, and through their actions they were able to express them. As a result, one man was judged as a social deviant, while the other man suffered psychologically....   [tags: Camus Dostoevsky Punishment Outsider Essays]
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The Outsider - Albert Camus states that “In our society any man who doesn’t cry at his mother’s funeral is liable to be condemned to death” (Camus, 18). In the book The Outsider, Meursault defies local convention by not showing the sadness that is expected of him at his mother’s funeral. Ultimately, his life is dependant on this very decision of whether or not to show emotion. In the society that Meursault lives in, one is expected to conform to their standards and social norms. Anyone who deviates from these norms is considered an outcast and destined to die at the hands of society....   [tags: Character Analysis, Meursault ] 1705 words
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Edgar Allan Poe’s Tale of the Ragged Mountains and Lovecraft’s The Outsider - Edgar Allan Poe’s Tale of the Ragged Mountains and Lovecraft’s The Outsider Both Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft were known for their tales of horror, shocking discoveries and mysterious characters. Lovecraft was known to have mimicked Poe’s style in his popular horror stories of the early 20th century. Poe, one of the most famous writers of short stories and poems in the 19th century, amazed readers with his rich descriptions and chilling plots. Neither disappoint in two of their stories: Poe’s “Tale of the Ragged Mountains” and Lovecraft’s “The Outsider.” Although these are not the most famous of each authors’ works, scholars often debate over the meaning and themes of e...   [tags: Lovecraft Outsider Essays]
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Moral Issues in Shusaku Endo's Wonderful Fool and Albert Camus's The Outsider - Moral Issues in Shusaku Endo's Wonderful Fool and Albert Camus's The Outsider It is debatable whether morality is a code of conduct that is considered right by society or whether it is a code unilaterally decided upon by an individual. When we consider morality as a tool used by both Shusaku Endo in Wonderful Fool and Albert Camus in The Outsider, this debate holds immense relevance. Wonderful Fool, heavily influenced by Christian doctrine, addresses the degeneration of Japanese society and the way moral issues are presented in the novel reflects this....   [tags: Camus Endo Wonderful Outsider Compare] 1566 words
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The Struggle of an Outsider - Throughout our readings this semester, the theme the outsider has been present. The outsiders in these selections have all had similar roles. One of the main roles was subjection that developed from the feeling of unequal standings. This subjection silenced and forced many from the mainstream. The Native Americans were outsiders to the Europeans. The Europeans had different beliefs and ideas about life which they forced upon the Native Americans. Suddenly with the arrival of Europeans, Indians became strangers on their own territory....   [tags: Race Relations, Native American] 1158 words
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Dracula As an Outsider - Dracula, as it was written by Bram Stoker, presents to us possibly the most infamous monster in all of literature. Count Dracula, as a fictional character, has come to symbolize the periphery between the majority and being an outsider to that group. Dracula’s appeal throughout the years and genres no doubt stems from his sense of romanticism and monster. Reader’s no doubt are attracted to his “bad-boy” sensibilities, which provide an attraction into the novel. Looking first at his appearance, personality, and behaviour at the beginning of the novel, we can easily see Dracula’s blurred outsider status, as he occupies the boundaries of human and monster....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Outsider - Topic: The Outsider is not about the murder of an Arab but about the inability of society to understand Mersault’s Detachment In The Outsider, Meursault is ultimately punished not for the murder of the Arab, but for his lack of adherence to the social codes governing appropriate behavior after his mother’s death. In this respect we can argue that Camus novel is not about the Arab’s murder but it is about the inability of society to understand Meursault’s detachment. The murder trial turns into a trial that judges and condemns Meursault because he appears indifferent, removed from society, and his behavior in unacceptable....   [tags: essays research papers] 1406 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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The Outsider and The Metamorphosis - English World Literature Essay: The Outsider and The Metamorphosis Comparisons between the relationships that the protagonists had with their parents and how these defined their characters. In the novels, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and The Outsider by Albert Camus, there are many important relationships that help define the protagonists. The protagonist in The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa, and the protagonist from The Outsider, Meursault, both had significant relationships with people that helped develop and define their character, the most important of these being their relationships with their parents....   [tags: English Literature] 1432 words
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The Absurd in F Albert Camus' The Outsider. - Recognizing hopelessness in this human condition, man discovers his kingdom in this world. True, this world is a temporary kingdom, one which he will eventually loss, yet this is the only world possible for him. This knowledge sets off in him in a terrible feeling of frustration, one that leads to a passionate commitment to life and all that it can offer. Consequently it brings about an equally passionate rebellion against death and everything that may justify it. The absurd as a human condition is dramatized in the experiences of one man in the stranger....   [tags: Hopelessness, Absurditty]
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Othello the Outsider - Othello the Outsider       Shakespeare's tragic hero, Othello, was a man whose gifts far outnumbered his weaknesses. On the battlefield, he was accomplished; in his profession, he was highly ranked; and, in his life, he was blissfully married. Despite these great advantages, however, Othello's destiny was ruin. Everything he had so carefully made for himself would be destroyed by one flaw: his fear of remaining an outsider. He feared this fate, yet he harped on it continuously, tearing himself between his identity as a foreigner and his desire to live as a normal citizen....   [tags: Othello essays] 1248 words
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Victims of Society in The Outsider and Antigone - Victims of Society in The Outsider and Antigone Both Meursault and Antigone are the protagonists in their stories. They have much in common, such as the fact that they explain their impending deaths as decided by fate, even though each seems to have an easy way of surviving. Both are willing to die for what they believe is right. The concept of fate is quite different between the texts. In Antigone, a Chorus tells you at the beginning of the play that Antigone will die. Antigone uses the excuse of fate to explain her own death to Creon, where as in The Outsider fate is much more subtle....   [tags: Meursault Antigone Literature Plays Essays]
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The Outsider in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare and Persuasion, by Jane Austen - In today’s social environment a person can be distinguished as being either an insider or an outsider to their surroundings. An insider being defined as a person who is recognized and welcomed in to the social environment. In contrast an outsider is a person who finds themselves distinguished from the rest, commonly unaccepted into the norms of society. The idea of an outsider versus an insider is a modern idea that writers have described in many literary works; such as in Hamlet and Persuasion....   [tags: Hamlet, Persuasion]
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The role of judgement in The Outsider - The role of judgement in The Outsider The actions of Meursault, the protagonist in The Outsider by Albert Camus, are characterized by irrationality. For example, there is no clear logical reason for his decision to marry Marie or to kill the Arab. “That evening, Marie came round for me and asked me if I wanted to marry her. I said I didn’t mind and we could do if she wanted to” (Camus 44). However, the idea that things sometimes happen for no reason is disturbing and threatening to society, because, as a logical conclusion from that, individual existence could have happened for no reason and would therefore be purposeless....   [tags: English Literature]
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Marco Polo, the outsider; Ibn Battuta, the insider - Nowadays the wide array of transportation means and infrastructures at our disposal has made it relatively easy for us to travel from one country to another; even when those countries are thousands of miles away from each other. However, during the 13th and 14th centuries, travelling was not that easy. Yet, two men, the Italian tradesman Marco Polo and the Moroccan Jurist Ibn Battuta became famous for having managed to perform extremely long distance journeys away from their home country. At the end of their long travels, both men shared their experiences with the world via the books, The Travels of Marco Polo and The Travels of Ibn Battuta....   [tags: Italian Tradesmen, Literary Analysis]
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The Inside Perspective Of An Outsider - The Inside Perspective Of An Outsider I read everything I could find. I spoke with natives who were visiting the United States. I studied the language diligently. I scrutinized pictures, noting each detail. Nothing prepared me for that first long walk along a Beijing street. I smelled for the first time, the smells that were to become a familiar component of my three-month stay in The People's Republic of China. I made eye contact with people who had formerly just been captured still-lifes on a reference book's glossy page....   [tags: China Anthropology Study Abroad Essays]
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The Outsider by Simon Mitton - The Outsider Conflict in the Cosmos is a warm appreciation and cogent assessment of the scientific life of the British astrophysicist Fred Hoyle. Hoyle, who died in 2000, was one of the most capable and controversial theorists of the 20th century, contributing provocatively to a wide range of problem areas, from stellar structure and the origin and evolution of the chemical elements to the large-scale structure and history of the universe. The author, astronomer Simon Mitton, is at his best when introducing and then explaining in simple language the scientific underpinnings of Hoyle\'s theories....   [tags: essays research papers] 1327 words
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Sun Related Elements and The Existentialist Philosophy in The Outsider - From the first few sentences of Albert Camus’ The Outsider, the protagonist, Meursault, is characterized as an amoral man. He is seemingly indifferent to the death of his own mother, despite the fact that societal principles would suggest he be deeply emotionally affected. His thoughts are instead centered upon the sun, which in return dictates his actions. In the novel, the sun is a representation of the societal weight which urges individuals to conform to norms. The presence of the sun indicates the stages of the development of Meursault’s belief in existentialism....   [tags: Absolute Freedom, Societal Pressure]
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Insider and Outsider´s Perspective on Scientology and its Teachings - Towards the end of the twentieth century, the Church of Scientology emerged as one of the largest, and most controversial new religious movements of modern time. The teachings of founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950’s at first were successful with the emergence of Dianetics, but endured a vast amount of criticism nationally. Dianetics and the auditing process have been prohibited, as well as the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard all over the world. Due to the negative portrayal from the media and the public, “Scientology has grown into a large international, ecclesiastical body with centers in almost half the countries of the world” (Melton 53)....   [tags: Church, Controversy, Celebrities] 2278 words
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The Outsider - Original Writing - The Outsider - Original Writing "Mum, mum", she must not be home, I'll call her later she must still be at the meeting, I'll put the tele on, see what Kacey's wearing in her new video. It's on straight away on every channel, no surprise there. It finishes with her on top of a building I, don't like the song one bit, it's the same as all her others. I really like the gothic powers new video but I daren't tell anyone, my friends will be too embarrassed to be seen with me. Its not cool to like things like that, the people who do like things like that haven't got any style, and they don't follow new styles, hairstyles and what makes you look good, they don't bother...   [tags: Papers] 1181 words
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The Outsider, by Albert Camus and The Assault, by Harry Mulisch - Camus and Mulisch present that the past and present are interrelated. The authors do this through the two characters, Meursault and Anton. Through Meursault, we see that his past actions affect the outcome of his trial. Through Anton, we see that his present situation constantly brings him back to his past despite him trying to escape it. Thus the authors stylistically link the past and present to demonstrate that they are inevitably related, where certain events are unavoidable or the past is undeniable....   [tags: Interrelation: Past, Present] 1393 words
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Women, Outsider and Barbarian in The Play Medea by Euripides - Personal Development, one of the core values at Saint Leo University, plays an important role in students’ daily lives. From the moment you step foot on campus to the day you graduate, you automatically become a different person. As a first year student, you are entering a new life and not knowing what to expect. Once you are in college, it is the start of a new chapter. You will become more mature and all the obstacles that you will go through will make you a different person. In order to have a successful Undergraduate experience, it is crucial to have a balance between personal life and school....   [tags: wrong relationship, magic tricks]
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Use of an Outsider’s Perspective in Brave New World - Aldous Huxley uses the viewpoint of an outsider, or Savage, to give the reader different perspectives of his dystopian world in Brave New World. After traveling to the World State from the reservation, John (the savage) disagrees with the lack of intimacy, the lack of morality, and the lack of free will that he witnesses there, which shows the reader a very different side of the World State. These imperfections, along with many other factors, cause John to plunge into insanity and eventually commit suicide....   [tags: Brave New World Essays]
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Comparing the Characters of The Stranger (The Outsider) and The Trial - Characters of Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider) and Kafka’s The Trial The characters of the chaplain, in Albert Camus’ The Outsider, and the priest, in Franz Kafka’s The Trial, are quite similar, and are pivotal to the development of the novel. These characters serve essentially to bring the question of God and religion to probe the existentialist aspects of it, in novels completely devoid of religious context. The main idea visible about these two characters is that they are both the last ones seen by the protagonists, Mearsault and K., both non-believers in the word of the lord....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 480 words
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The Portrayal of Blindness in The Outsider and Oedipus the King - The Portrayal of Blindness in The Outsider and Oedipus the King A primitive motif in Oedipus the King by Sophocles and The Outsider by Albert Camus is blindness. The protagonists in the novels are blinded to a personal truth, and are physically blinded as well. In The Outsider, Meursault’s blindness is metaphorical, as he is negligent to his own absurdity, which he later becomes categorized as. On the other hand, Oedipus’s blindness is literal, as he is ignorant to the truth of his life; and the fact that he is incapable of escaping the destiny that the Gods have set out for him, which resulted in him gorging his eyes out....   [tags: Sophocles, Albert Camus]
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Study of the Ideas of The Outsider, Threat and Danger - Study of the Ideas of The Outsider, Threat and Danger In the study of the notion of "the outsider", "threat" and "danger", four short stories from the pre 1914 period are examined. These are "The Stolen Bacillus" by H.G. Wells, "the Red Room" again by H.G. Wells, "the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and finally "Napoleon and the Spectre" by Charlotte Bronte. Each of these stories contain elements of threat and danger. In addition to this, there can be one character who can be viewed as "the outsider"....   [tags: Papers] 1108 words
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The Portrayal of Society in Of Mice and Men and The Outsider - World literature; self taught language Hungarian: After reading the two books for my world literature, of mice and men and the outsider I decided I will compare the two books on the topic choice; portrayal of society in the literature studied. This includes points such as: Meursault and Lenny not being accepted in society for who they are because they are different then others; another point would be there is a lot of violence within societies. The rest will be presented further on in my essay....   [tags: essays research papers] 1431 words
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Free Essays on The Stranger (The Outsider): Relationships - Relationships in The Stranger (The Outsider)   On the surface, Albert Camus's The Stranger (The Outsider) was about a misguided man and his sudden, fatal tribulation. Covertly, a second, more heart-grasping plot occurred in the novel. It involved a misfortuned widower and his side-kick of a dog. This scenario can be sharply contrasted to Meursault's insensitivity toward all life (and beyond). Purposefully, this contrast will evidently prove the case that Camus employed a broad range of multipersonality to enhance his novel and, perhaps, to illustrate the keen differences in people....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays] 427 words
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Free Essays on The Stranger (The Outsider): Disillusionment - Disillusionment in Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider) In Albert Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider), the protagonist Meursault is clearly disillusioned of life in general. Two examples of this disillusionment occurred in the instances of his mother's death and an offer to be transferred to another work environment. This incomplacency is paramount in discerning this meticulous, selfish Camusian character. In regard to his mother's death, he seemed indifferent at the loss of her life. He was so uninterested in her funeral that he remarked the following: "...I can be there for the vigil and come back tomorrow night" (Camus 3)....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays] 394 words
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Setting the Tone in The Outsider by Albert Camus - Setting the Tone in The Outsider by Albert Camus The opening lines of the novel, The Outsider by Albert Camus, set the tone for the book: "Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know" (pg. 9), it is a dreary and depressing sentence, so are the thoughts of a character by the name of Meursault. However, the circumstances that took place, plunged him into a spiral of events. Strangely, his thoughts stayed the same, yet his life changed dramatically. Conversely, the story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber, is seemingly contrary to the novel The Outsider....   [tags: Papers] 990 words
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Comparing Kafka's Metamorphosis and The Stranger (The Outsider) - The Metamorphosis and The Stranger (The Outsider)   Existentialism is defined as a philosophical movement that human beings are completely free and responsible for their own actions.  Existentialists will try not to cause waves and remain completely uninvolved with anyone because they do not want to hurt anybody.   There is absolutely no such thing as an existentialist because he would have to be so uninvolved to the point where he would not be able to live at all.  Although the two stories: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and The Stranger by Albert Camus are very different in approach, their endings are similar in that they both support the basics of existentialism.              The...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 481 words
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The Anti-Christ in Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider) - The Anti-Christ in The Outsider   “Meursault is punished, not for his crime of killing another human being but for refusing to play the game.” This statement is of great relevance to the novel The Outsider, by Albert Camus. Society as a whole enforces its ideas and values, upon all individuals, but particularly on those who differ from the “norm”. Through Meursault’s view of the world, contrasted with that of both the religious and judicial system this notion is foregrounded. Meursault’s outlook on death and dying is very different to that of the majority of people at the time....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays] 1045 words
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Essay on Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider): Apathy - Apathy in The Stranger (Outsider) Often times an author incorporates a thought or philosophy into a work that can shape or reshape the attitude emitted from the novel. In Albert Camus', The Stranger, the Existential philosophy that the author fills into the work give an aura of apathy. With the opening lines of "Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure," Camus immediately sets a tone of indifference (1). Though the protagonist, Mersault, is not completely without cares, the overall attitude of passiveness he has toward himself, as well as toward others, give the entire novel a tone of apathy....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays] 574 words
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Iago, the Outsider of Shakespeare’s Othello - In any story with a recurring dark theme there always must be an outsider from humanity who somehow stands out from the seemingly equal community. In the case of Shakespeare’s Othello the outsider from humanity would be Iago for he truly stands out from the rest of society. Although Othello may be physically put out of the community, it seems that on an emotional and egotistical level Iago puts himself out of society further then Othello’s blackness does. He is not merely manipulative, as other villains are; he turns aspects of truth and good qualities, which he does not possess, and uses them as weakness for his own scheme....   [tags: essays research papers]
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Essay on Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider): Conformity - Conformity in Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider) Camus' novel The Stranger presents the character of Meursault who, after killing an Arab, is sentenced to death. This conflict portrays the stark contrast between the morals of society and Meursault's evident lack of them; he is condemned to death, less for the Arab's murder, than for refusing to conform to society's standards. Meursault is an anomaly in society; he cannot relate directly to others because he does not live as they do. Meursault is simplistic, even detached; he speaks of his mother's death without regret for her loss, merely stating: "Maman died today." He goes on to mention that perhaps it was yesterday - he is not sure...   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays] 860 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.’ - An outsider is someone who functions outside or on the verge of society; someone who is alienated, misunderstood or misjudged by a person or group of people. To be an outsider would be to hold views of a controversial nature, usually the opposite of what is socially acceptable. Hester Prynne is such an example. It is through the use of her as an outsider; her actions, opinions, morals and portrayal which show how The Outsider Novel is or isn’t just another name for the novel of social protest. Upon reading The Scarlet Letter, it would be safe to assume that Nathaniel Hawthorne is using the protagonist, Hester Prynne, as a scapegoat through whom he can socially protest....   [tags: Social Protest, The Outsider] 1060 words
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