To begin with, Meursault follows the phrase “existence precedes essence.” Meursault does not follow cultural norms and is defined through his actions. He does not determine himself through a title like his job and believes that “none of it really [matters]” (Camus 41). He does not believe in God and thinks that questions about deities and the universe “[seem] unimportant” (Camus 41). Meursault’s experiences also align themselves with this existential idea. Not only does he not cry at his mother’s funeral, which is important in society, but he kills the Arab for no particular reason.
Most readers of the novel immediately misjudge Mersaults’ character as they begin to read the first paragraph of the novel, which begins with his being informed about his mother’s death and funeral. Due to the fact that Mersaults’ character seems unaffected emotionally by his mother’s death, he is immediately looked negatively by readers. There are possibilities that Mersault reacts this way such as him not seeing the point in life or death. He does not seem to care about anything around him and has not yet discovered the purpose in his life. Mersault’s indifference from the people around him makes him seem like a guilty man under certain circumstances.
Some of his character traits could label Meursault as an existentialist because he does not care about anything except physical things. When his mother died many other people were crying but all Meursault worried about was the heat. He is very honest as well and he does not try to cover up the fact tha... ... middle of paper ... .... He wanted to file a legal appeal but he knew they would all get rejected. Meursault was not sentenced to death because he killed the Arab but because of his absence of emotion to his mother’s death.
When he is forced to confront his past and reflect on his experiences, he attempts to understand the reasons for existence. At first, Meursault makes references to his inability to understand what's happening around him, but often what he tells us seems the result of his own indifference or detachment. He is frequently inattentive to his surroundings. His mind wanders in the middle of conversations. Rarely does he make judgments or express opinions about what he or other characters are doing.
Although, the Misfit is introduced toward the end of the story, his conversation with the Grandmother indicates he has no awareness of why the punishments for his wrongdoings were so severe. While speaking to the Grandmother he states that “‘[he] calls [himself] the Misfit [..] because [he] can’t make what [he did] wrong fit [in with what] he [went] through in punishment’’’(O’ Connor 26). The Misfit is an objectively awful person; not only for murdering countless victims, but for believing that since he is completely outside conventional morals his harsh punishment is undeserving. By Misfit labeling himself outside moral conduct he has no boundaries for his deeds because he has no value of right from wrong. Furthermore, the Misfit does not have any sympathy or regret for those he murders and simply forgets his wrongdoings.
I don’t know.” (pg 1) By reading this quote it is understood that he didn’t care how or when his mother died he just accepted that she was gone. This story was told from the perspective of Meursault which was told without any emot... ... middle of paper ... ...is life would become meaningless.” (pg 69) He’s saying without believing in God it would mean your life doesn’t have a purpose of living. We all know that Meursault didn’t believe this statement because of his actions and words. Throughout the trial Meursault comes to understand that his disappointment to understand or catch importance in his own life has left him helpless to others, who will enforce such significance for him. Until this argument, Meursault has carelessly wandered from minute to minute, lacking the enthusiasm or skill to observe his existence as a story with an earlier, existing, and upcoming.
Ultimately, while he shows no support to his significant other, the blind man fills in that emotional void with much needed gratefulness. I agree with KEEPING THE READER when he writes, “His [narrator] problem is that he does not ‘see’ his wife in the sense that he does not seek to understand who she is. The apparent difference between the men is that Robert, despite his physical lack of vision, is open to new experiences. (Clark 108). Clearly, the storyteller keeps himself emotionally disconnected from his wife and speaks of her past experiences, “He talks about her suicide attempt and previous marriage in a coldly analytical way, as if he can barely believe that it truly happened” (Clark 109).
He was relentless and continued to remain detached from her as he avoided meeting her at the old age home over the weekends. The only time he took the effort to visit her was when she passed away. The visit to his dead mother also seemed inappropriate to him as he contemplated in the bus, how he could have made that day more productive and interesting. The passing away of his mother seemed so irrelevant that he had no recollection of the day of her death. Meursault killed the Arab and had no resentment of this heinous act he had just committed.
Another shortcoming of his is that he is neither hero nor antihero. He acts as if he has uncovered Capitu as a lying harl... ... middle of paper ... ...om Casmurro satirizes the reader. The main character, the protagonist, who readers are supposed to look up to or see as some sort of guiding light, failed in all of those endeavors. The book is ripe with random, pointless chapters, which trick readers to try and find a deeper meaning to them—only for the readers to end up lost and confused. Also, the ending is incredibly unfulfilling; not only through its speedy intensification, but through the short amount of time given to absorb said escalation.
His education does not seem to matter to him either, he thinks that as long as they he can keep moving forward in life, you won't need school. Therefore, Holden brings all the stress and depression not only to himself, but amongst his loved ones as well. He is careless for the people that care so much about him. he does not realize the trouble he has caused for his family either. Holden's mother is already very sick, and finding out that her son has not been in school because he has gotten kicked out , it will just about kill her.