It is because he lacks any emotional feelings. He is detached from the world and he is seen by society as an outcast because of the way he acts. Meursault’s personality can be described as dull and very boring. Meursault lives an average life, but one important factor in the story is that he does not seem to express his emotions. Some of his character traits could label Meursault as an existentialist because he does not care about anything except physical things.
These lines introduce Meursault’s emotional indifference, one of the most important traits he shows us throughout the novel. Meursault does not express any sorrow upon learning of his mother’s death; he just took the news in and processed it without showing any emotion. Her death made no real impact on his life other than momentarily disturbing his daily lifestyle by taki... ... middle of paper ... ... indifference to things that happen and his own indifference bond Meursault and the universe. He even labels the world as “a brother”, unlike in the beginning, when Meursault was passively content. Now, at the end, Meursault finds that he is happy once he sees the reality in the human existence.
In a world where there is no purpose, many worry about following others and fitting the profile of what others want. In the novel The Stranger, written by Albert Camus in 1942, Meursault battles with this very lifestyle. Meursault is a common man who recently lost his mother, he then shows no sadness on the surface. Meursault starts off scared of what others think of him. As he tries to find his purpose in a world where there is not one, he realizes he must stray from the group.
The death of Meursault’s mother leaves no impact on him because he is emotionally detached from feeling empathy of a loss in his life. Meursault is a character with little to no feelings. When asked to see his mother, Meursault said no and when he was asked why he said, “I don’t know.” Also, at the trail Meursault was told he “had no soul, and that nothing that makes a man human not a single moral principle, could be found within me… we cannot complain that he lacks what is not in his power to acquire. But where this court is concerned, tolerance, a virtue that in this instance is entirely inappropriate must give way to the higher, more
Mersault is clearly indifferent regarding such a serious subject matter as death. The ironic part about this passage is that Mersaut states that “[he] wasn’t interested in her dead” (115). This is ironic, as Mersault did not seem very interested in Marie even when there was a physical connection bet... ... middle of paper ... ...that his life has been meaningless. He feels like when he dies no one will remember him. Once again existentialism can be observed; Mersault considers his life as simply existing for the sake of existing.
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.
The Misfit is the complete opposite of a typical hero, or “Good Man”, but he is honest, he is true to himself, and he knows that he is not good. When the Grandmother and the Misfit are talking, the Misfit is very mannerly towards the family he even apologizes towards the family: “I’m sorry I don’t have on a shirt before you ladies” (Ochshorn). The Misfit never lies about who he really is. He knows that he is not a good man, and he does not try to be something he is unable to be. The Grandmother is the complete opposite, she truly believes that she is good and lies to herself and everyone around her so she will be accepted.
As for Telemachus, he makes the same mistakes as his mother in that he refuses to see her side of the issue. He, too, is deeply engrossed in his problems that he does not see the deep extent of his mother's pain. Him ordering her to leave is a sign that he believes her feelings to be almost inconsequential compared to his. His eagerness to learn of Odysseus' great deeds seems to overshadow the sadness his mother feels. The tales of the Trojan War are the only way in which he can come to know his father, who he does not remember, since Penelope obviously avoids the topic entirely.
Childhood is the time of truth innocence. The protagonist, Holden Caulfied, is a reclusive person who cannot bring himself to find elation. He wants to break the confinements of his solitude by talking to someone or at least by making some kind of connection, but he could only discern desolation and loneliness. Dismally, he is repudiated by all the people who he try to talk to and is confronted with rejection and dissent from society. The novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D Salinger, accentuates the obliteration for oneself to be fraternized and associated.
Life is often interpreted by many as having meaning or purpose. For people who are like Meursault, the anti-hero protagonist of Albert Camus' The Stranger, written in 1942, the world is completely without either. Camus' story explores the world through the eyes of Meursault, who is quite literally a stranger to society in his indifference to meaning, values, and morals. In this novel, this protagonist lives on through life with this indifference, and is prosecuted and sentenced to die for it. Through Meursault and his ventures in The Stranger, Camus expresses to the reader the idea that the world is fundamentally absurd, but that people will react to absurdity by attaching meaning to it in vain, despite the fact that the world, like Meursault, is indifferent to everything.