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The Unemotional Meursault in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Unemotional Meursault in Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider) In Albert Camus’ novel, The Stranger, the protagonist Meursault is a character who has definite values and opinions concerning the society in which he lives. His self-inflicted alienation from society and all its habits and customs is clear throughout the book. The novel itself is an exercise in absurdity that challenges the reader to face the nagging questions concerning the meaning of human existence. Meursault is an existentialist character who views his life in an unemotional and noncommittal manner, which enhances his obvious opinion that in the end life is utterly meaningless....   [tags: The Stranger, The Outsider]

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Motif of Violence in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Motif of Violence in Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider) The Stranger written by Albert Camus is an absurdist novel revolving around the protagonist, Meursault. A major motif in the novel is violence. There are various places where violence takes place and they lead to the major violent act, which relates directly to the theme of the book. The major violent act of killing an Arab committed by Meursault leads to the complete metamorphosis of his character and he realizes the absurdity of life....   [tags: The Stranger The Outsider]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus - Man or Monster?

- Man or Monster in Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider) In Albert Camus’ absurdist novel, The Stranger, Meursault’s detachment from society and his killing of the Arab reveal moral and ethical implications for him and his society. As is common in many absurdist novels, Camus discusses the estrangement - and later development - of an individual in a benign and indifferent universe, one in which conformity prevails. Camus not only satirizes the conformity of society, but religion and the legal system as well....   [tags: The Stranger The Outsider]

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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]

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Existentialism in The Stranger (The Outsider)

- Existentialism in The Stranger Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes a few main points, such as the freedom to choose and the choices you make should be made without the assistance of another person or standard. From the existentialist point of view you must accept the risk and responsibility of your choices and follow the commitment to wherever it leads. Someone that is put in a particular situation understands it far more than someone looking in on that same situation, one commonly used situation that appears often in existentialist writing is that of death....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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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]

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Free Essays - The Stranger (The Outsider)

- The Stranger What is life for. Different religions have different takes on life. There are many ways to view life. The way life is viewed by an individual is the way his morals are set. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and many other religions believe that a higher god sets morals and with the morals comes reward. Another camp, the existentialist, believes that life is absurd and meaningless. The existentialists believe humans live and humans die. They state that death is just a matter of time for everyone, a reality that is inescapable....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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The Character of Meursault in The Stranger (The Outsider)

- The Character of Meursault in The Stranger Albert Camus wrote The Stranger during the Existentialist movement, which explains why the main character in the novel, Meursault, is characterized as detached and emotionless, two of the aspects of existentialism. In Meursault, Camus creates a character he intends his readers to relate to, because he creates characters placed in realistic situations. He wants the reader to form a changing, ambiguous opinion of Meursault. From what Meursault narrates to the reader in the novel, the reader can understand why he attempts to find order and understanding in a confused and mystifying world....   [tags: Camus 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]

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Free College Essays - Optimism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Optimism in Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider) The novel The Stranger by Albert Camus can be viewed from several different perspectives. Some people see this book as a "slap to the face" or an insult. Others, however, find the views expressed in this novel to be comforting and optimistic. Just as there are many different people in the world, there are many different interpretations and opinions surrounding this novel. I have found The Stranger to be a novel that is uplifting and reassuring and, therefore, wonderful ....   [tags: The Stranger The Outsider]

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Free College Essays - Indifference in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Indifference in Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider) Albert Camus’ novel, The Stranger, examines what happens to a passive man when mixed in a murder. During the trial of the main character, Meursault, the prosecutor examines Meursault’s normal behavior as callous and cold. In order for the prosecutor to have a case in the reader’s mind, Camus must create the past that the trial calls for. Camus shows a passive man, and the way that he deals with normal life occurrences. Camus must create a portrait of indifference....   [tags: The Stranger The Outsider]

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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]

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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]

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Choice and Individual Freedom in The Stranger (The Outsider)

- Choice and Individual Freedom in The Stranger Camus's The Stranger is a grim profession that choice and individual freedom are integral components of human nature, and the commitment and responsibility that accompany these elements are ultimately the deciding factors of the morality of one's existence. Meursault is placed in an indifferent world, a world that embraces absurdity and persecutes reason; such is the nature of existentialist belief, that rationalization and logic are ultimately the essence of humanity, and that societal premonitions and an irrelevant status quo serve only to perpetuate a false sense of truth....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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Symbols, Symbolism, and Allusions in The Stranger (The Outsider)

- Symbolism and Allusions in The Stranger " That's all for today, Monsieur Antichrist." " Specking very quickly and passionately, he told me that he believed in God, that it was his conviction that no man was so guilty that God would not forgive him, but in order for that to happened a man must repent and in so doing become like a child whose heart is open and ready to embrace all". A. The people in this short quote is Monsieur as the judge is talking to him. The judge don't think Monsieur believe in Jesus because Monsieur is always talking about how he does not care about anything and he rather just be in jail where he belongs....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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Free College Essays - The Motif of the Sun in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The Motif of the Sun in The Stranger In Camus' novel The Stranger the predominate motif of the sun has been variously interpreted by many critics as a symbol of Meursault's repressed emotions. This is an interpretation I simply cannot accept, for I have always regarded the sun as symbolic of the superego - the force of society within Meursault. Like the sun, society is generally thought to be a positive thing. People usually regard a good strong society that instills its members with a strong, unified code of morals as something to be desired....   [tags: The Stranger The Outsider]

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Free College Essays - Stylistic Devices in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Use of Stylistic Devices in The Stranger In his novel The Stranger, Albert Camus uses the stylistic devices of imagery and diction to develop the intensity of the physical action and to illustrate the lack of emotion in the last paragraph of Part I. Imagery of all kinds is abundant in this passage as Meursault, the main character, pays great attention to and describes in detail the beach environment that surrounds him. Visual imagery is present as he conveys the intense heat by telling how it seemed as though the sky had cracked open and was raining flame, and by personifying the ocean, recounting how it breathed blistering hot air onto the beach....   [tags: The Stranger The Outsider]

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Black Americans' Struggle in Baldwin's Stranger in the Village

- Black Americans' Struggle in Baldwin's Stranger in the Village In ?Stranger in the Village. (1955), James Baldwin, a writer born and raised in Harlem, experiences extreme emotions during his stay in a 'tiny Swiss village'(127). James Baldwin?s feelings of inadequacy and insecurities of being an American black man bring out a rage in him toward the white man's power over him. His deep feelings of outrage, bringing back hurtful memories as a black child in America, are revived as he is forced to endure the unintentional cruelties of the villagers....   [tags: Stranger Village Baldwin Essays]

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Free Essays on The Stranger (The Outsider): Freedom and Death

- Freedom and Death in The Stranger (The Outsider) In The Stranger (The Outsider), as in all Camus’ works, Camus’ views on freedom and death – one dependent on the other – are major themes. For Camus, freedom arises in awareness of one’s life, the every-moment life, an intense glorious life that needs no redeeming, no regrets, no tears. Death is unjustifiable, absurd; it is but a reintegration into the cosmos for a “free” man. Until a person reaches this awareness, life, like death, is absurd, and indeed, generically, life remains absurd, though each individual’s life can be valuable and meaningful to him....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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Essay on Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider): The Gentle Meursault

- The Gentle Meursault of Camus’s The Stranger (The Outsider) In Albert Camus’s The Stranger, Meursault, the protagonist, could be seen as immoral if he were judged on the basis of his actions alone. However, through Camus’s use of a first person narrative, we begin to understand Meursault as not an immoral man, but simply an indifferent one. Meursault is a symbol of the universe, and so in understanding him we understand that the universe is also not evil, but instead a place of gentle indifference....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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The Stranger

- The Stranger Meursault's actions reflect his inner self in many ways. He is the protagonist in the story. He emotionally really doesn't care about other people like is mother and Marie. Many events end up leading to the his murder of an Arab. During his trial, there was no emotional attachment between him and his mother. That becomes a main focus of the prosecutor's argument that he is a monster. Meursault is a young man living in Algiers. He receives a report of his mother Madame Meursault's funeral....   [tags: Papers]

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Depression in To Seem the Stranger, Fell of Dark, Carrion Comfort, and No Worst

- Depression in To seem the Stranger, Fell of Dark, Carrion Comfort, and No Worst   I believe that there can be seen a progressive deepening of depression throughout Hopkins' so-called terrible sonnets. The poems I intend to look at will show this, starting with "To seem the Stranger lies my Lot", "I wake and Feel the Fell of Dark", "Carrion Comfort", "No Worst, there is None", and finally "My own Heart let me more have Pity on". The first of the above poems shows the beginning of Hopkins' descent into depression....   [tags: To Seem the Stranger Essays]

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A Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

- Robert Heinlein is often thought of as one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time. His most popular book; A Stranger in a Strange Land; created a counter cultural revolution. Which resulted in many cults built around his fictitious culture that challenges every axiom of society. *Note that this book was written in the 1960's when "free love" was widely accepted by the younger generations. It arguably influenced the "free love" movement and the "sexual revolution "in general. Valentine Michael Smith (a.k.a....   [tags: Science Fiction Heinlein Strange]

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Meursault in The Stranger

- Meursault in The Stranger Meursault, the main character and the narrator of the story, is a 30-year-old shipping clerk who lives an ordinary day-to-day existence. We see him as a son (at his mother's funeral); as a friend; as a solitary creature pursuing simple experiences from moment to moment; and as a prisoner, first on trial, then awaiting execution. Physical sensations of sun and wind and physical activities such as swimming or running mean a great deal to him. Larger experiences in his life- the death of his mother, a chance for marriage, and a change in job- mean relatively little....   [tags: Papers]

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Defining Events in The Stranger

- Defining Events in The Stranger In The Stranger, Meursault’s murder of the Arab is caused not only by the weather, but also by coincidence, the same way in which Meursault lives his life. The defining events in The Stranger are set in motion by Meursault's murder of the Arab on a bright and sunny day. While going to get a drink of water, the foreign Arab uses a knife to shine the sunlight in Meursault's face. This forces Meursault to fire and kill the Arab with a revolver. Throughout this scene the sun and light play crucial roles, but it is not the first time the sun appears during The Stranger....   [tags: Papers]

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Influential Characters in The Trial and The Stranger

- Influential Characters 'The Trial' and 'The Stranger': How one character can influence the life of another character. The Trial and The Stranger were both critically acclaimed since their published debut, though the books have their many differences they both deal with imprisoned lives going against society. In both novels K and Meursault had characters that influenced them in a negative and positive way, although none these characters had as much influence as the religious figure (the priests) did in both novels....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Idea of Existentialism in The Stranger

- Existentialism is defined as "a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining his or her own development through acts of the will”. In other words, existentialism it emphasizes individual freedom. Throughout The Stranger, the amount of existentialism views is abundant. The use of Mersault’s experiences covey the idea that human life has no meaning except for simple existence. The idea of existentialism in Albert Camus' The Stranger reflects through Mersault's life experiences with his relationship with Marie, the death of his mother Maman, the murdering of the Arab, and Mersault's trial and execution, all t...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Albert Camus]

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Existentialism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- In defining existentialism the responsibility of the free being is essential to define what one is although the actions taken by the individual are self imposed and are not the fault of the environment. The Stranger by Albert Camus is in relation to the existential philosophy of the individuals deviating thoughts towards their actions are in relation with protagonist Meursault in The Stranger by Albert Camus. Existentialism and its definition of mans self determination reflects life during the world war two era....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Absurdity: An Essay On The Stranger

- An Essay on… The Stranger; The Absurd "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all And in the Darkness bind them" (Lord of the Rings Volume II, The Council of Elrond) Within the Stranger, Albert Camus brought up many questions and a few answers. He created an outsider to society and showed us how he lived, Meursault. Meursault was always indifferent. Meursault accepted death. Why. Meursault saw the purpose of life meaningless. That is “Absurdity”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Arrival of a Stranger - Personal Narrative

- Arrival of a Stranger - Personal Narrative It was the last day of the school year; Mr Phillips was directing everybody into the school hall, the front row was full of giddy first years delaying the start, "every body please be quiet, john Roberts see me after assembly" "ok as you all should know already, Tomorrow, the year elevens will each be assigned a foreign exchange student who will be staying with them for the next 6 weeks, the list of names and information is in the cross corridor and as from Tomorrow the students will arrive for the summer." I was nervous, I had never before met a foreign person, and I had no clue as to what he/she might be like....   [tags: Papers]

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There's a Stranger in my Words

- There's a Stranger in my Words As I sit here and stare at the Mac I wonder who sits at my back. If they knew what I write Would they curse me and bite Or start up some verbal attack. Well, as I walk through the swirling, smoke filled sky of the Hagg-Sauer doorway, squeezing my eyes shut against the reflected sunlight, I thought about how I would approach this project. How to say what I need to say, without saying it in a way that has been said a thousand times, in a million-million words. The voices in my head struggle to escape to the paper, but there's this thing in between my thoughts and your eyes...my mind....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays]

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Camus' The Stranger: Meursault's Apathy

- The Minimalist Life has been defined as the property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism. Further, that very definition from the Webster's dictionary says nothing when it comes to the everyday experiences one faces throughout a lifetime. The experiences one faces makes, breaks, and shapes us into how we act and live....   [tags: European Literature]

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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]

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Essay Comparing Change in The Stranger and Nausea

- Comparing Change in The Stranger and Nausea         Existentialists mean that we can't rationalize, since we can't explain human fear, anguish, and pain. To rationalize is absurd, because in the final analysis, we will find nothing. Life is absurd. This leads to the term Nothingness. Thus, since we can't find a meaning of life more than what we attempt to create by ourselves, we anguish. Living in the same era, Camus and Sartre individually helped to form the school of existentialism. Of course there were others: Kierkegaard, Heidegger, etc....   [tags: comparison compare contrast 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]

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The Stranger (The Outsider), Nausea, and Death on the Installment Plan

- The Stranger (The Outsider), Nausea, and Death on the Installment Plan        The Stranger, by Albert Camus, Nausea, by Jean-Paul Sartre, and Death on the Installment Plan, by Louis-Ferdinand Celine, all contrast themselves with internal texts that fail to represent the world competently. The Stranger includes the prosecutor's narrative of the murders as an incompetent text by refusing to support the motives he assigns. It contrasts itself with the prosecutor's narrative in view of the excessive language of the prosecutor versus the simple reporting of Meursault....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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SOCIETY VS INDIVIDUAL: REPRESSION ON DIONYSIAN PERSONALITY IN THE STRANGER

- Many books have been written by many authors that deal with a struggle between society and individual. Albert Camus’ The Stranger (L’étranger) deals with this same topic, but it can be analyzed from a unique and very interesting point of view. The way of life of people can be analyzed by classifying them into two main forces that oppose each other. These forces were named after the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus. Theses terms were first used by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The main concept of the Apollonian personality is that these persons’ main mode of functioning is by reason, whereas the Dionysian personality functions by intuition....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Essay Comparing Solzhenitsyn's Gulag and Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider)

- Camus' Stranger and Solzhenitsyn's Gulag       We must tell them what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here. 1   The dying words of Betsie ten Boom to her sister Corrie in the Ravensbruck concentration camp reveal a strength and victory even in great oppression. Historically, Christianity is full of voices crying victory in the midst of the terror. Elijah and David hiding in caves, the prophets of the Babylonian captivity, St....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Communication in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Albert Camus' The Stranger

- Each individual is like a rain drop on the window; none of them are any more significant than another. There are the occasional droplets which are larger than the rest, the ones with a greater influence than the others. As time goes by, a droplet eventually collides with another, and another, and another...until they form a huge puddle and eventually roll away. The result is a chain reaction: the larger rain drops influence others, serving as catalysts in society. However, droplets alone, are fragile and vulnerable....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]

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A Comparison of Fate in The Stranger (The Outsider) and Myth of Sisyphus

- Fate in The Stranger (The Outsider) and Myth of Sisyphus   In his works, The Stranger (The Outsider) and Myth of Sisyphus,  Camus addresses the consciousness of Meursault and Sisyphus through their fate. Sisyphus knows his fate. He to Because he has the opportunity and does rationalize his fate, he has consciousness. As the rock rolls back down, he is able to look back upon his life and analyze it. Nothing could be more existentialist. Sartre’s Garcin wants to meet his fate face to face. So, Sisyphus, embodies this desire of Garcin, and is thus a hero to him....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Albert Camus' The Stranger and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

- Albert Camus' The Stranger and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot         Many differences and similarities are found between Albert Camus' novel, The Stranger, and Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot. The characters in each story is very different from their society and at the same time, thy are very similar to each other.  To understand in what ways they are similar, there must be and understanding of how they are different from the society in which they live in.         First of all, the major difference from the novel and the play is their desire for God's salvation.  Recall when Meursault was in jail, he did not want the magistrate to pray for God to save h...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Stranger and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

- Without any credit, the environment leads people to make choices that shape their lives and thoughts. Even though Mark Twain and Albert Camus did not live during the same period, their characters’ decisions for their novels The Stranger and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were parallel, as were the situations that they went through. Both authors plant their interpretation of their lives into their work and create characters that represent themselves. Meursault and Huck’s choices are a result of multiple factors such as; religion, which is a very influencing subject in all parts of the world and greatly inclined both Camus and Twain in expressing their ideals; relationships, which is a nec...   [tags: The Stranger]

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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]

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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]

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Essay on Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider): Meursault as Christ

- Meursault as Christ in The Stranger (The Outsider) In one of his later interviews, Camus made the somewhat irritated comment that Meursault is the “only Christ we deserve.” While this seem to be a pithy, witty comment, we need to figure out how Meursault is like Christ. Christ taught his disciples and had them go and teach others, yet Meursault has no disciples and chooses to say little. Meursault murders while Christ brings a man back from the dead. Most drastically, Christ ”died for our sins” in order to make all those who follow free from original sin....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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The Stranger

- Have you ever felt as if though you were an outcast, an abnormal person to this world. Well most likely you have, we all have. We all have felt kind of weird and not able to find our right place. We tend to feel this way because we are just misunderstood or as Albert Camus would say “strangers” to society. The stranger is a man lost in his own world where no one understands him but himself. This man was portrayed as a monster, un-human, and even heartless all because he chose not to express his emotions or feeling to the world....   [tags: Literature Review]

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The Stranger

- Albert Camus’ The Stranger, is told by narrarator, Meursault . Our speaker seems to be a person detached from feelings, he shows no emotion. Neither the external world in which Meursault lives nor the internal world of his thoughts and attitudes possesses any rational order. He doesn’t have reasons for doing half of the things he does. For these reasons I believe Meursault is determined, but doesn’t know it. Our protagonist and narrarator, Meursault is completely distant from his surroundings....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Stranger

- Albert Camus' influential novel, The Stranger, a great work of existentialism, examines the absurdity of life and indifference of the world. This paper provides a summary of the novel, and outlines some of the novel's main themes. The novel's protagoinist, Meursault, is a distanced and indifferent young man. He does not believe in God, and lives his life with seemingly sensuous abandon. After Meursault is caught up in the life of a local pimp, he rather inexplicably murders a young man on the beach, and is put on trial....   [tags: Albert Camus]

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A Stranger Is Watching

- A Stranger is Watching A Stranger is Watching is a terrific book. I enjoyed reading this book very much. The non-stop action kept me reading for hours. One of the best features of the book is how it was written. The point of view changes every chapter. For example Chapter 1 is written in the point of view of the infamous Foxy character. Chapter 2 is written in the point if view of our protagonist, Steve; and so on .I also liked how the author built the relationship of the characters up, so you care about what happens to them and feel like you're going through what they are going through....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Creative Writing: From Stranger to Stranger

- From Stranger to Stranger Late. I was late, very late. My flight was at 9:30, and it was 9:15, and I have not left my house yet. I frantically threw everything into my car, not caring much about the content, and drove away as quickly as I could. I arrived at the airport at 9:25, only to find out my flight had been delayed and pushed to 11:00. So, to pass the time I tried to organize my bags a bit more. I was always the type of person to freak out before trips. I always manage to buy just about everything that says, “Travel Sized” or, “Convenient for travel!” on them....   [tags: narrative and dialogue essays]

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Stranger in a Strange Land

- Stranger in a Strange Land is a book written by Robert A. Heinlein that completely throws away the social mores of the late fifties/ early sixties society. The book opens with a ship returning from a trip to Mars with an interesting passenger, a man, Michael Valentine Smith who was the son of a previous voyage to Mars that was believed to be entirely dead. This was a human raised by Martians, who are an ancient race that has various powers that are discovered later in the book to be possessed by Smith through his knowledge of their language....   [tags: Science Fiction, persuasive]

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The Character of Monsieur Meursault in The Stranger

- The Character of Monsieur Meursault in The Stranger Camus entitled his novel The Stranger because his protagonist actually was a stranger to both his associates and his surroundings. Monsieur Meursault was never really known by anyone. Nobody ever knew what really made Meursault tick and nobody ever really knew what motivated him. Meursault was a wanderer throughout his life. Meursault was also a stranger because he did not understand other people’s motivations either. Meursault formed relationships easily enough and interacted with others....   [tags: Papers]

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Absurdism, The Stranger, and Life

- Absurdism, The Stranger, and life “Absurdism” (coined by Albert Camus) is a philosophy based upon the concept that the life and the world are meaningless, irrational, without sense or reason. And any effort we make to try to find meaning in them will ultimately fail. Albert Camus considers absurdity to be a fight, a force pushing between our mind’s desire to have meaning and understanding and the blank empty world beyond. In argument with Nagel, Camus stated “I said that the world is absurd, but I was too hasty....   [tags: Albert Camus novel analysis]

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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 Truthfulness of Meursault in The Stranger

- Meursault is truthful to himself and others throughout The Stranger. Unlike most, he doesn’t feel it necessary to lie in order to make others feel better. He is truthful, regardless of whether or not the truth may hurt. For example, in chapter four Marie asked Meursault if he loved her. Instead of lying to her or giving a vague answer Meursault told her that he probably didn’t love her, but it wasn’t important anyway. Meursault is truthful, therefore not only is his guilt dealt with at the murder trial, but his personal views and opinions come out as well....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Stranger and The Moon And the Yew Tree

- In The Stranger and poems “Fever 103” and “The Moon And the Yew Tree” Sylvia Plath and Albert Camus utilizes different, if not opposite approaches to come with the same conclusion of opposing views to societal expectations. Their indifference to the world’s attempts to mold them into what is seen as norms causes both Plath and Meursault to be shun as outcasts. The irreconcilable views of religion, societal approved perception, and personal disconnection to the world further questions if they even obtain a spot Through Plath’s diction, she gives an overwhelming, in-depth emotion, whilst Camus lacks emotion and description; both conclude disconnection to the world....   [tags: Comparative]

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Film Paper on A Stranger Among Us

- Film Paper on A Stranger Among Us In the movie "A Stranger Among Us" there are several characters that have their lives impacted by the events in the film. One such character is Ariel. Meeting Emily Eden, the murder of his best friend, and finding out who actually had a hand in the murder all has a profound impact upon Ariel. After Ariel's best friend is reported missing, the NYPD sends detective Eden to the community to help and find out why he is missing and where he is. When they first meet, their worlds collide....   [tags: Papers]

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Absurdity in The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus, and Miss Lonelyhearts

- Absurdity in The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus, and Miss Lonelyhearts Concern with the "absurdity" of the human condition, believing that that the world does not offer a basis for people's lives and values, has pervaded the thought of many writers. The protagonists in Camus's The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus illustrate Camus' absurdist outlook. This philosophy is also evident in Miss Lonelyhearts, the work of Nathanael West. Miss Lonelyhearts addresses the central dilemma facing modern man; nothing in our world can provide people with the answers, values or morals needed to structure men's lives....   [tags: Papers]

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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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Contrasting the Murderers in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Stranger

- Central to both The Stranger and Crime and Punishment is a senseless murder, however, the way each murderer feels about his own act of murder is quite different. Meursault in The Stranger has no personal value attached to things he does in life whether it be day-to-day activities or murder. Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment, on the other hand, feels that in certain cases values of society do not apply, however after the murder realizes that this is not the case for himself. These differences in thought not only provide more insight on the characters individually, but show that although society helps to guides it is up to the individual, based on values and morals, to decide how to live hi...   [tags: compare/contrast, Literary Comparison, Analysis]

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The Relatable Stranger: How and Why We Are Meursault

- The Relatable Stranger: How and Why We Are Meursault Using his existentialist text The Stranger as a vessel for his own philosophical ideals, absurdist Albert Camus poses a question most essential to human existence: when released from the shackles of tediously perpetuated societal routine, how does a man function. Embodying the answer to this question is Monsieur Meursault, whose once rational speech and logical action unravel in the heat of circumstance to illustrate what Camus deems “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.” Possessing the characteristics of any respectable gentleman, Meursault is honest, sensible, and extremely adaptable to the universe in motion around him, substitu...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Albert Camus]

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Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train

- For my short paper essay assignment, I decided to write about Strangers on a Train, which is a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1951. The story is about two strangers that meet on a train. Those men’s names were Guy Haines and Bruno Anthony. Guy is a professional tennis player and he is married. His wife’s name is Mariam, but he wants a divorce with Mariam because he loves another woman. Bruno Anthony is the other stranger, slightly psychotic, hating his father and wanting to kill him....   [tags: Strangers on a Train Essays]

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Mersault's Control Over his Actions in The Stranger

- Dialogue is simple throughout part one of The Stranger. Camus does not provide direct explanations for Meursaults actions and response to events. Instead the reader can find an unusual emphasis on the setting and physical aspects of events and characters in part one. Meursault has complete control and conscious awareness of his indifference towards social situations. It is Meursaults underlying radical attitude towards authority and social norms that provide for his dissent behavior. In order to prove that Meursault is free to act as he does, his inability to grieve over the death of his mother should not be accepted....   [tags: the stranger]

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Rage in Baldwin's Stranger in the Village

- Rage in Baldwin's Stranger in the Village The rage of the disesteemed is personally fruitless, but it is also absolutely inevitable; this rage, so generally discounted, so little understood even among the people whose daily bread it is, is one of the things that makes history. -- James Baldwin, ?Stranger in the Village. (130) In his essay 'Stranger in the Village' (1955), many of James Baldwin?s innermost feelings are exposed to the reader. One of the emotions I believe Baldwin feels most strongly is rage....   [tags: Stranger Village]

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The Insignificance of Women in Camus’ The Stranger

- In The Stranger, Camus portrays women as unnecessary beings created purely to serve materialistically and satisfy males through the lack of a deep, meaningful, relationship between Meursault and females. Throughout the text, the main character, Meursault, creates closer, more meaningful relationships with other minor characters in the story. However, in his interactions with females in this book, Meursault’s thoughts and actions center on himself and his physical desires, observations, and feelings, rather than devoting his attention to the actual female....   [tags: Camus, The Stranger]

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The Hero in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The Hero in Camus’s The Stranger (The Outsider) Certain novels include a character who, based solely on his actions, would appear to be evil, but in an in-depth examination, can be seen in a different, more sympathetic light. The character Meursault, in Albert Camus’s The Stranger, is notable for this description. While his murderous crime and indifference to emotions make him seem to be cretinous, his dramatic transformation at the end of the story make us feel for him. When he finally grasps the theme of the book, embracing the “gentle indifference” of the universe, he also grabs our hearts, in becoming an “absurd” hero....   [tags: The Stranger The Outsider]

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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 Value of Life in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The Value of Life in Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider) In Albert Camus' existentialist novel “The Stranger,”the alienation of Meursault from society conveys to the reader the theme of the novel: In light of the lack of a higher deity, all promise of value rests in life itself. To express this theme, Camus develops Meursault’s persona, satirizes many institutions, alludes to religion, and creates many moral and ethical questions. The universal nature of these questions reveal why “The Stranger” remains relevant to society....   [tags: The Stranger The Outsider]

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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 Stranger By Albert Camus

- Albert Camus, born in 1913 was a mastermind in writing French literature. He influenced the minds of a great deal of people by giving the world significant literature including books as The Stranger, The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus, A happy death and many more. The one that I will be discussing in this paper is the book named, “The Stranger”. The story started with Meursault’s mother’s death. It was a fascinating start with a crucial piece of information with a good attempt of engaging audience....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger, Character]

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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]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- Themes appear in almost every form of literature. In Albert Camus’s The Stranger there are multiple different themes that could be interpreted. The theme that installs itself right when the book starts and stays relevant until the last page is isolation. A scholarly recourse taken from Journal of Health and Social Behavior explains the indicators of social isolation including “living alone, having a small social network, infrequent participation in social activities, and feelings of loneliness” All of these except the last one are traits of Meursault....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger, Feeling, Emotion]

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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]

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James Baldwin's Stranger in the Village

- James Baldwin's Stranger in the Village In paragraph three of James Baldwin's 'Stranger in the Village' (1955), he alludes to emotions that are significant, dealing with conflicts that arise in the Swiss village. Of these emotions are two, astonishment and outrage, which represent the relevant feelings of Baldwin, an American black man. These two emotions, for Baldwin's ancestors, create arguments about the 'Negro' and their rights to be considered 'human beings' (Baldwin 131). Baldwin, an American Negro, feels undeniable rage toward the village because of the misconception of his complexion, a misconception that denies Baldwin human credibility and allows him to be perceived as a 'living...   [tags: James Baldwin Stranger Village Essays Papers]

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Essay on Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider): Parallels Within

- Parallels Within The Stranger (The Outsider) The Stranger by Albert Camus is a story of a sequence of events in one man's life that cause him to question the nature of the universe and his position in it. The book is written in two parts and each part seems to reflect in large degree the actions occurring in the other. There are curious parallels throughout the two parts that seem to indicate the emotional state of Meursault, the protagonist, and his view of the world. Meursault is a fairly average individual who is distinctive more in his apathy and passive pessimism than in anything else....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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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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William Camus ' The Stranger And Sisyphus From The Myth Of Sisyphus

- One day, just imagine a person was walking in a city. He then stops and manages to see a hundred dollar bill, across the street. He walks across the street, and even with thousands or even millions of people walking past him, he is stuck in a dilemma whether to pick up the money or not. This little dilemma in his head makes him an “everyman character”, a person who is an ordinary person that represents him in the human race. Even by being an everyman character, a person still has the slightest greed within them that makes them pick up that hundred dollar bill....   [tags: Absurdism, Albert Camus, The Stranger]

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Essay on Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider): The Character of Meursault

- The Character of Meursault in Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider) Raymond typifies the beast-character in Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider). He is like Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire (T. Williams), emotional and manly. Physical solutions come naturally to him, as we see when he mistreats his ex-girlfriend. Ideally, society is exactly the opposite; law and order attempt to solve things fairly and justly. I propose that Meursault is somewhere between these two extremes and that this is the reason why he is a societal outcast....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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The Stranger

- The Stranger The Stranger exhibits a society that has confined itself with a specific set of social standards that dictate the manner in which people are supposed to act. This ideology determines the level of morality, and how much emphasis should placed on following this certain "ethical" structure. Albert Camus's main character, Meursault, is depicted as a nonconformist that is unwilling to play society's game. Through Meursault's failure to comply with society's values and conform to the norm, he is rejected and also condemned to death by society....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Stranger

- Albert Camus creates a series of characters in The Stranger whose personality traits and motivations mirror those that are overlooked upon by the average man. Camus develops various characters and scenarios that show true humanity which tends to have been ignored due to the fact of how typical it has become. Camus incorporates abominable personality traits of the characters, variety, consistency, and everyone’s fate. Camus demonstrates the disregarded reason behind the origins of relationships between people to characterize people as selfish....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Albert Camus]

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