Despite Albert Camus’s claims that The Stranger was in no way existentialist, a thorough examination of the main character, Meursault, says otherwise. Meursault is a unique character in that he is indifferent to the world and has paved a meaningless life for himself. He just does not care about anything. When his mother died, one would at least expect him to feel sad or even remember his mother’s age. He did not even know the exact date she died. And while he was attending the funeral, he did not even want to see his own mother’s body one last time. He did not shed one tear. After the funeral, he was looking forward to going home and sleeping. One would expect him to be depressed since he had just lost an important figure in his life. Instead, the day after returning to his home, he went to the beach, met a girl, and took her home.
The girl, Marie, had sort of an infatuation with Meursault. She wanted a future with him ...
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...he end of each day, they state they are going to leave, yet they stand in the same place. They physically cannot escape the stage. Only if someone commands them to leave can the characters leave, such as in the case with Pozzo commanding Lucky to leave. In this existentialist setting, Lucky will always be a pawn of Pozzo, and Vladimir and Estragon will continue waiting for Godot to arrive even if they know he will never show up.
Existentialism exists in a world where physical aspects and mental aspects collide. The physical aspects direct the actions or thoughts of individuals. Beckett and Camus incorporate physical aspects and mental aspects, intertwining them in their respective novels to show the characters’ purposes in life. In society today, existentialism exists on paper, in thoughts, and in dialogue, encouraging individuals to follow their own path in life.
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