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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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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

- 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' 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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"The Stranger" Analysis

- How could a person not care about a single event in his or her life. How could a person fail to respond to different situations. How could one man be so apathetic towards all aspects of his life. How could a man not care about the death of his mother. Would anyone believe the story of the man who simply did not care about life. Albert Camus’s existentialist character, Mersault, demonstrates complete apathy towards almost every aspect of life. On page 115 of Albert Camus’s The Stranger, there is a passage in which the theme of the theme of the novel could clearly be observed....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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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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Stranger-on-Stranger Violence

- Stranger-on-stranger violence is random, unpredictable and can happen anywhere. In addition, there are no clear links between the victims and suspects. This does not mean that that the situations are completely spontaneous. Predators’ may keep track of certain places, like Automatic teller machines, fast-food restaurants and shopping malls, as a means to find the right target. Targets are selected for their innocence and naïve nature. Predators target these individuals because they want what the individual has (Meadows, 2010)....   [tags: Violence]

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Existentialism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Originally released in French, The Stranger by Albert Camus (published in 1942) follows the story of Meursault whom is a French man living in Algeria prior to the 2nd World War and gives his own unique perspective of the events between when he receives a telegram stating that his mother had recently pass away to when he is executed for the murder of a man only referred to as “The Arab” whom he had shot. Meursault had an interesting outlook on life and it is unclear why he feels the way he does but his tone is constantly detached, plain, and at times subtly ironic....   [tags: Dettachment, Reality]

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Uncertainty in Heart of Darkness and The Stranger

- In The Stranger, Albert Camus establishes uncertainty to diffuse the tension surrounding Meursault while in Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad creates uncertainty to intensify the tension around Marlow. Both authors use a first person narrator, which limits the information the reader receives. Also both lead characters miss information though Meursault does so intentionally while Marlow does so unintentionally. Camus enforces the correlation of uncertainty and tension in The Stranger when Meursault gains certainty and the tension that then flows from the book....   [tags: Albert Camus, Joseph Conrad]

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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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Hospitality Is Entertaining a Friend of a Stranger

- ... Alkinoos has no reason to give Odysseus a ship and crew, yet he is doing it out of his commitment to hospitality. He still has not learned Odysseus’ name yet he already grants a ship to Odysseus for nothing in exchange. To a complete stranger, he has sacrificed one of his most valuable resources. He has no idea if his ship and crew will return or if Odysseus is a thief, but he ignores all the negative possibilities. He wants his guest, whether friend or foe, to have his wish granted. Alkinoos is a very hospitable man to all travelers and is the perfect example as to how a Greek was expected to treat a traveler as a guest....   [tags: reception, greek gods, traveler]

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The Stranger a Novel by Albert Camus

- ... society is aghast that he has not observed what is considered a proper mourning period for his mother. Part 1 also shows his involvement with his neighbor Raymond Sintes, who is a pimp. Raymond is vindictive, he has beaten up his girlfriend for cheating on him, but he is not satisfied, he wants further satisfaction. He has Mersault write a harsh letter to her for him. This results in a second confrontation in which Raymond beats her brutally. Mersault agrees to testify for Raymond that the confrontation was provoked by the girl....   [tags: mersault, philosophy of the absurd]

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Crime and Punishment vs. The Stranger

- Throughout the novels Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Stranger by Albert Camus, sun, heat, and light play a significant role in the development and understanding of the novel and the characters in it. Upon the initial reading of The Stranger, the reader may have a general acknowledgment of a relationship between the novel’s protagonist, Mersault, and the sun and heat, either proceeding or following one of the novels significant events. What is harder to understand on the first read, is the reason why this is important and what it means....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Absurdism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- ... Also at the time of the funeral, the caretaker approached him and asked if he “would you like to see [his] mother one last time?’” (Camus 13), an offer he chose to decline. This developing indifference in Meursault’s character is what the reader is presented with as the book starts off. This excerpt from the novel shows his overall attitude towards the death of his mother, not wanting to see her for the last time before she is gone forever, which leads the reader to question the personality of this man....   [tags: personal relationships, family, relations]

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The Stranger By George Simmel

- The Stranger by George Simmel and The Concept of the Political by Carl Schmitt are two influential essays in sociology about how people –or groups of people- interact with those who are different from them. The way the authors view those who are different from them contrast in many ways, but both support the idea of a human collective being besieged by foreign ideas. The way that Simmel approaches it is more accepting than Schmitt, saying that it is good to have some people who are impartial and unhindered by the ties of the community....   [tags: Sociology, Georg Simmel, Urban sociology]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Stranger '

- Albert Camus’ The Stranger featured a misunderstood man who saw through his gilded society who was condemned to death for not crying at his mother’s funeral. Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying found a man sentenced to death because of his race.The ignorance of society killed both of these men, but their strength in defying the oppressive system makes them immortal. The strength of defiance is not an escape attempt or freedom, but the ability to remain human even while condemned to death. The human spirit triumphs when faced with injustice by taking dignity from the strength provided by a community or finding strength internally to create dignity even in death....   [tags: Capital punishment, Electric chair]

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The Absurdity Of Life : The Stranger

- The Absurdity of Life The Stranger is a story narrated by the protagonist of the novel who suffers alienation from himself and the world. The narration of the protagonist is divided into two parts where part one concern the routine affairs of Meursault as it begins with the death of his mother at the Home for the elderly in Marengo. He is unmoved with the death of his mother and do not observe the funeral rituals as this makes him involve in an affair with Marie, an action that makes the society angry....   [tags: Character, Fiction, Sociology, Protagonist]

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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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The Nonconformist: Albert Camus's The Stranger

- In the past and in today’s society, people are told how to live based on different influences found in their surrounding environment. Different ethnicity have distinct believes on the meaning of life and have unique traditions. In the novel, The Stranger, Meursault is the only character who is daring and does not conform to the ideas or practices of the French-Algerian society; even though he was constantly being pressured to change his absurd views. The protagonist in the novel, The Stranger, refusal to conform to societal ideas hinders his ability to become accepted into it, however allows him to live an honest and worthwhile life....   [tags: French Algeria, Social Morals]

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A Stranger in the Sun by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger, author Albert Camus involves the sun throughout the novel in order to display mans vulnerability. He presents the sun as a powerful, unfortunate influence on main character, Meursault and describes him as a simple minded, easily influenced, mellow individual. The Main influence in Meursaults’ life is the sun. Meursault is bothered by it however he does not make much of an attempt to stop or ignore it. He simply permits the suns heat, accepting it and affirms his personality. Becoming vulnerable is basic however with a more vigorous charisma, persuasion can be avoided....   [tags: Analysis, Symbolism]

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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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Absurdity in Camus' "The Stranger"

- Camus’ The Stranger becomes the controversial novel throughout the French Literature history. According to Jean Sartre’s A Commentary On The Stranger, he makes notes of how Camus makes the absurd uses of the messages in his work. Camus lacks the good aim in conveying the themes for his novel. For this essay, I would like to use Jean Sartre’s article to explain the absurd structure of Camus’ The Stranger through the uses of messages. There is Camus’ absurd uses of message in the novel. The senseless man doesn’t want to commit suicide; he wants to live without letting go “any of his certainty, without a future, without hope, without illusion and without resignation, either” (78)....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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Alice Sebold and The "Stranger" Stereotype

- Public opinion leads society to believe in the “good woman – stranger rapist” stereotype. In actuality, females are typically victimized by known perpetrators. According to Catalano (as cited in Kappeler and Potter, 2005, p.43), of all rapes and sexual assaults, seventy percent of women were perpetrated by someone known to the victim; thirty percent were committed by strangers. Regarding homicide, women are nine times more likely to be killed by a family member, a previous or current lover, or an acquaintance....   [tags: Sexual Crimes]

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Existentialism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger by Albert Camus there are many points where Camus’s personal beliefs in existentialism are found. Camus showed his existentialistic beliefs by using his characters to make social commentaries on multiple different social institution, including marriage, time, and society itself. Camus uses all of his characters to show his social commentaries with specific characters going to show what existentialists believe are bad qualities of social institutions. Some of the social institutions that are shown in this novel are marriage, time, and the idea of a group of people forming a society altogether....   [tags: Marie, Raymond, Perez, and Meursault]

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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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Meursault From Camus ' The Stranger

- Many people search for the true meaning of life. These ambitious souls maximize their days to fully take advantage of their finite allocation of time and do their best to live to the fullest extent. This ambitious mindset does not resonate with Meursault from Camus’ The Stranger. Meursault is a depressing young lad from Algiers who believes that his life, and everyone else 's, serves no purpose at all. Life, according to Meursault, is a mandatory task. He spends every day the same way, following the same set routine he restricts himself to....   [tags: Life, Meaning of life, Death, Capital punishment]

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The Stranger Written By Albert Camus

- The book that I was assigned to read is called The Stranger written by Albert Camus. The plot of this story involved a man in his late twenties or early thirties. The main character in the book is Meursault. In the beginning of the novel, Meursault is notified that his mother had passed away in the nursing home that shelived in. Meursault’s could not afford to take care of his mother any longer; therefore, he put her in a nursing home. Meursault took off of work and went to the nursing home where she passed away to pay his respects and attend the funeral ceremonies....   [tags: Psychology, Emotion, Love, Feeling]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- Meursault is condemned to die by guillotine and Sisyphus is given the burden of having to do an eternity of hard labor, yet in both of these tragic situations they both live without illusions. Thus both men come to light with the realities and truths of their lives and can now be truly happy. In the essay “the Myth of Sisyphus “and the philosophical fiction novel The Stranger by Albert Camus the existentialist idea is that human life is meant to have futile suffering in it and people should not end their lives because of this abyss of pain; but embrace the life that is given, that once the absurdity is identified it is then that one can be elated and content with their lives....   [tags: Absurdism, Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- Albert Camus is a skillful writer noted for showing aspects of culture and society through the depiction of his characters. In The Stranger, Camus illustrates the existentialism culture and how that comes into play in the life of the protagonist Meursault. The Stranger, as suggested by the title, is a novel revolving around the protagonist, Meursault, who is a stranger to the French-Algerian society as he challenges its values. Camus vividly portrays Meursault’s journey through the use of imagery, irony, and symbolism....   [tags: Albert Camus, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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The Stranger, by Albert Camus

- How do you understand a stranger. How do you judge their actions. In Albert Camus’s existentialist text, The Stranger, the protagonist is a stranger to all but himself and because of his character, society finds Meursault guilty of being an incomprehensible and dangerous alien. The court that judges Meursault ignorantly sentences him to death. However, the first person perspective narrative allows the reader a glimpse into his mind, giving them a chance to understand his character and the actions that inevitably leads him to the guillotine....   [tags: literary analysis, albert camus]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- In Albert Camus ' The Stranger, Meursault, a detached young man, floats through his life without any emotion. Meursault 's first name is never given in the novel. It does not matter; Meursault 's name, age, his physical characteristics - none of these things matter. Meursault lives in a hollow, empty world, with no set beginning and no defined end. Nothing for him exists in this life and he feels nothing. Meursault demonstrates traits of a sociopath; having a lack of conscience and containing a personality disorder manifesting itself in his extreme antisocial attitudes....   [tags: Antisocial personality disorder, Psychopathy]

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The Stranger Rape Scenario Analysis

- The stranger rape scenario was about a women walking home after having coffee with her friends and a man just comes up to her and sexually assaults her. Study 1 concentrated on blameworthiness based on the scenario presented to the participants randomly; that being a scenario of acquaintance or stranger rape. Study 2 focused on sentence length for perpetrators recommended by participants based on type of rape. For both, study one and two they had used Likert scales to determine blameworthiness and sentence and to measure benevolent sexism in relation to study one and two....   [tags: Rape, Sexual intercourse, Statutory rape]

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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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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- The Stranger, by Albert Camus, depicts a man who is going through life with an existential viewpoint on things that he does. The protagonist, Meursault, insists on going through life as if nothing in his life matters at all, and the point of his existence continues to escape him on many different levels. Through the death of his mother; the relationship with Maria, and the killing of an Arab; Meursault still finds that the meaning of his life escapes him. While many people believe that Camus uses symbolism with the weather and various other devices, I believe he uses a different approach....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Absurdism, Life]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Albert Camus, a philosopher and writer, creates the character of Meursault in The Stranger to embody the journey towards absurdism. In the novel, the reader observes as Meursault attends his mother’s funeral, meets a woman, shoots a man, and receives the death sentence. Camus characterizes Meursault by his reactions to the construction of the plot. In understanding the mentality of Meursault, the reader comes to understand the mentality of an absurdist. Because the characterization of Meursault exemplifies Camus’s ideas on the absurdist life, the study of Camus’s manipulation of the plot in The Stranger is the key to understanding Camus’s underlying motivation of elucidating absurdism....   [tags: Characterization, Plot Manipulation, Absurdism]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The novel The Stranger was written by Albert Camus in 1942. The story is an example of how Camus perceives the world with his views. Camus’s views are that moral actions do not have any justification. Camus is considered an existentialist which means that he didn’t believe life had a specific meaning. Many of his beliefs are seen in this novel, as well as his other works. His beliefs began to form during his experience of World War II and after the terrors of the war; many other people believed that the human existence had no meaning....   [tags: the morals of Meursault]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- In his novel The Stranger, Albert Camus expresses the dimensions to his philosophy of the absurd. The novel illustrates the events that eventually led a man named Meursault to transcend to absurdism and accept the idea that human life has no redeeming meaning or purpose. Camus argues that the only certain thing is the inevitability of death and realizing that all humans eventually meet death, he claims that all lives are meaningless. Though Meursault isolates himself with society, it isn’t until his conversation with the chaplain that he comes toward this realization....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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The Red Tent And Stranger

- What does it mean to be Jewish or Muslim, or even Christian. What does an understanding of the history that intertwines faith and culture matter to how we live within those religious labels. The Red Tent and Stranger to History, while both using a different perspective, explores the connection between history, culture, and faith traditions, and how we must look at the past to understand our own present and future. Religious experience is distinctly different for women than it is for men, which is evident in Diamant’s portrayal of the silent roles females played in pre-Jewish culture....   [tags: Religion, Islam, Christianity, Judaism]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Albert Camus has his own toolbox of literary devices when it comes to accentuating the theme of The Stranger, one of them being his unique sense and use of secondary characters. Whether major or minor, every character in the book serves a purpose, and corroborates the theme in some form of fashion. Camus describes his secondary characters as foiling Meursault in one aspect or another, and thus, shining light on Meursault’s characteristics. Whether through close connections like familial relationships (Maman) and friendships (Salamano, Raymond, and Marie), or through bonds as distant as people he briefly converses with (Chaplain), or even so much as complete strangers (Perez and unidentified...   [tags: Secondary Characters, Character Analysis]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The Word existence comes from the Latin root “ex” out, and sistere from stare, which means to stand (rise up). Existentialism literally means pertaining to existence or in logic, predicating existence. Philosophically existentialism applies to a vision of the condition and existence or lack of one, with God. According to Kierkegaard, Christian existentialism is all meaning and serenity which comes through one’s relationship with God by putting our selves in his hands and finding freedom from tensions and discontent and also praying to him in order to be bless and find peace within our selves....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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"The Stranger" - Meursault's Trial

- After only a few days of trial, the jury in The Stranger declares that the main character, Meursault, is to be executed by guillotine in the town square. The trial and its verdict are one of the important parts of the novel, as Albert Camus uses them as a metaphor to summarize the two main tenets of absurdism. Camus uses the trial and persecution of Meursault to express his belief that the justice system is flawed because of his absurdist ideals that truth does not exist, and human life is precious....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- Ethics and morals generally provide guidance to people’s lives as they tend to live accordingly. For the most part, that guidance is integrated into people through one 's experience, knowledge, and wisdom. Without both it would be nearly impossible for a human being to commit consistent and rational decisions with their lives. In the novel, The Stranger by Albert Camus, people witness the life of an absurdist, Meursault. Throughout Meursault’s life, he receives constant judgement for most of his actions; although, they could go either way as moral or immoral....   [tags: Ethics, Morality, Absurdism, Human]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- 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. Through the development of Meursault, Camus demonstrates the philosophy of absurdism to show how true faith allows people to find purpose....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Albert Camus, Anxiety]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- What is one man to judge another. Either monarch or peasant, can any mortal really say whether someone is right or wrong in his ways. Man will always try to play God, and with justice we give it our best shot when we compile all of our brightest minds together to create laws and make verdicts. Even with these laws, the human race’s best attempt at justice, the French Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus was still unimpressed. With his 1942 novella The Stranger, Camus shows readers why men judging other men is not justice....   [tags: Human, Cell, Law, Stem cell]

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The Stranger By Arthur Camus

- There are over seven billion people in the world, all different, yet all the same, each living their life in unique ways, yet all heading to the same place. Each day hundreds of thousands of people are born and hundreds of thousands of people die, every birth a meaningless miracle and each death an insignificant tragedy. Humans are the most influential species in the universe that we know of, and yet we barely impact anything. So what is the meaning of life. Or is life just senseless. In The Stranger, Arthur Camus explores the idea that no matter how an individual lives his or her life, the same fate awaits as that facing any other individual who may have lived life in a completely different...   [tags: Meaning of life, Life, Absurdism, Human]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- There’s no Point No matter how hard people try there is always one question that can never be answered: what is the meaning of life. For the protagonist, in Albert Camus 1942 novel The Stranger, there is no purpose of life. To Meursault nothing will matter so he lives a simple life with simple needs. His life changes when he meets Raymond and ends up killing someone on the beach. In the next part he is on trial for his murder and eventually convicted and sentenced to death. Meursault is and absurdist....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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The Stranger Cultural Analysis

- This Novel, by Albert Camus, traces a year in the life of a young clerk, Meursault, in the 1940s who works for a shipping company in Algiers. The first thing that happens to Meursault is that he gets a telegram that his mother has departed. He takes a bus to see her and they hold the vigil. He shows no expression of remorse or sadness. Once back in Algiers Meursault goes to the public beach for a swim. There, he runs into Marie Cardona, his former co-worker. They decide to go on a date and they see a comedy movie, which is ironic after his mother’s death, and they sleep together during the night....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Kindness of a Stranger

- "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." --- Mark Twain The most joyous season of the year in our house is Christmas. All the family gets together, gifts are exchanged and we give thanks for all that we have. This Christmas however, was one that I will never forget. If it weren't for the help of a stranger coming to my rescue, my holidays would have been ruined. He reminded me that a little kindness really does go along way. It was three days before Christmas, snowing outside and the hustle and bustle of the holidays was in the air....   [tags: Personal Narrative, essay about myself]

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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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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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A Stranger is Watching

- A Stranger is Watching In novels there are many literary devices that an author may use. Suspense is one that is used to grab the reader’s attention and keep reading. Mary Higgins Clark demonstrates suspense throughout her novel, A Stranger Is Watching by giving only so much information then she will direct your attention to something else so the reader keeps reading. Some suspenseful scenes that the author demonstrates in the novel are when an intruder is in the Peterson home and is pointing a gun at Sharon’s head, another is when Sharon is in the kidnapper’s car and cleverly puts her ring in the seat so maybe someone would find it, and when Mrs....   [tags: essays papers]

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Displaced Stranger

- The significance of the bridge crossing in Barghouti’s I Saw Ramallah to his idea of return is that returning to ones homeland after being exiled is often seen as the ultimate goal. However, as we come to realize here crossing the bridge does not end the feeling of displacement. For the problem continues. Returning to one’s homeland only amplifies that they are still considered “naziheen”, the displaced ones (Barghouti, 3). As Barghouti crosses a wooden bridge over the Jordan River into Ramallah, he realizes he is unable to recognize the city of his youth....   [tags: Homeland, Exile, Ramallah]

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Reflection in a Stranger

- Reflection in a Stranger Being on a college campus, you are surrounded by many different kinds of people. Whether you get to know them personally or you just know the familiar faces, some of those people will remind you of friends at home, family members, neighbors, and even yourself. This is what I have experienced here at UVM. I have met so many people that have certain characteristics that remind me of the friends from home whom I miss dearly. But most of all, it is the people I see that remind me of myself that impacts me the most....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Literary Analysis: "The Stranger" and "The House of the Spirits"

- The novels The Stranger and The House of the Spirits have distinctly different plots. The authors of the books have different styles and techniques used to create their vision of a great story. In The Stranger by Albert Camus and The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, the characters, Meursault and Esteban Garcia are established as socially distant from their associates. They have neither emotion nor remorse for anything they have done. These characters are only connected to each other through this one flaw aside the difference of individual character....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Stranger Than Fiction, By Ian Mcewan

- In Ian McEwan’s Saturday and Marc Forster’s Stranger than Fiction, the protagonists ' lives are nothing extraordinary. Henry Perowne is a neurosurgeon and Harold Crick is a tax auditor. They exist in a world not too different than the audience and live relatively mundane lives. It is only when the synthetic aspect of each of their character is used that the narrative can really begin. This aspect often plays a background role to the mimetic and thematic parts of characters, which are more interesting to the audience as they help trigger catharsis within the narrative....   [tags: Novel, Protagonist, Character, Narrator]

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Dying Breed and When a Stranger Calls

- In the film industry, genre can be referred to the various types of techniques and particular themes that are used in the way the story of a film is constructed. Genre is a useful method to analyse film as it depicts what theme a particular film is about and enables the viewer to understand the film in a clear and concise way. The main focus throughout this research essay will focus on how genre is a useful method to analyse films. This will be displayed through two main aspects of which are; target audience and how genre creates the narrative flow of the film....   [tags: Genre, Film Analysis]

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The Prevelence of Existentialism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- One of the ways existentialism is created in The Stranger is through the use of the philosophical idea of nihilism that the main character, Mersault, holds true to. Nihilism is the dismissal of all religious beliefs and essentially is the belief that life is meaningless. Mersault is of nihilist thought in that he puts no meaning to life through the total concentration of the physical and virtually believes in nothing. Rejecting any consideration of being thoughtful towards any potential meaning is an obvious point being made in Camus' attempt to convey this perspective of existentialism throughout the novel....   [tags: nihilism, fatalism, value]

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The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

- For as long as man has walked the earth, so has evil. There may be conflicting moral beliefs in this world, but one thing is universally considered wrong: serial killers. Although some people may try to use insanity as an explanation for these wicked people, they cannot explain away the heartlessness that resides in them. As shown in The Stranger Beside Me, infamous serial killer Ted Bundy is no exception to this. Even though books about true crimes may be considered insensitive to those involved, the commonly positively reviewed book The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule handles the somber issue of Ted Bundy’s emotionally destructive early life and the brutal crimes he committed that made peop...   [tags: serial killers, wicked people, true evil]

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Moral Dilemmas Of The Stranger By Albert Camus

- Moral Dilemmas In The Stranger When being faced with capital punishment, the most common pleading for why a person should not be put to death is insanity. It’s put forth that the person committing the crime, particularly in murder cases, was driven by senseless and irrational motives. Generally, the defense will attempt to prove that this person has some sort of personality disorder to remove any sense of responsibility for the murder, a display of a noticeable disconnect between the emotional and physical processes made by the person on trial....   [tags: Murder, Capital punishment, Crime, Psychopathy]

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Observation Of Identification Of A Stranger During A Crime

- There are four memories, in which the mind process information during the course of a crime. The amount of information a person can mentally visualize during a criminal event is referred to as Acquisition of Memory. Information memorized from the time the crime was commented to the beginning of the legal process is called Retention of Memory. The ability to recollect information or an identity after a crime, during the identification process refers to Retrieval of Memory [1]. Five circumstances affect observation of identification of a stranger during a crime....   [tags: Law, United States, United States Constitution]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Dark Skinny Stranger '

- The Dark Skinny Stranger, is book that depicts the point of view of African American children that move to a predominately white neighborhood during civil war era. This book shows how black children are impacted by their past and how it causes them to fear the unknown. Until their sudden move, they had no prior knowledge of what the white population and how they lived. Throughout the book, they come to realization that not every individual is the same. Though they have witnessed second hand and first handily what it was like to be oppressed they learned that there are kind hearted people out there in the world that see beyond color....   [tags: Black people, African American, White people]

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Meursault 's The Stranger By Albert Camus

- In The Stranger by Albert Camus, the narrator, Meursault, has difficulty behaving in a manner deemed “normal” by society. Even though he struggles to feel and communicate different emotions, Meursault has many loyal friends and a keen boss. Meursault sees the world in black and white, refusing to focus on matters outside of his control. When his mother dies, Meursault is expected to show a change in his typical lifestyle. Not only do others expect this change, Meursault expects it in himself. With hearing of his mother’s death, shooting the Arab, and facing his own execution, Meursault expects a fundamental transformation in himself and, because he doesn’t experience it, he seeks to find mea...   [tags: Meaning of life, Life, Death, Afterlife]

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The Importance of Religion in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Oxford Dictionaries defines religion as the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Religion is important in life because it not only gives humanity order, but it also gives people a reason for life. Without religion, perhaps society would be one big pile of corrupt, evil, and selfish human beings. This is something that Meursault struggles with the concept of religion the entire novel because he has a strong belief in the truth, which opens up a wide spread of issues....   [tags: God, morality, death]

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Meursault as Sisyphus in Albert Camus',The Stranger

- “But from the moment he knows, his tragedy begins.” Meursault is not unlike Sisyphus. In the novel, The Stranger, by Albert Camus, we watch this character change from a carefree man who loves being alive and free to a man who is imprisoned for a meaningless murder he commits but who eventually finds happiness in his fate. During the first half of the novel, we see many examples of Meursault’s freedom and how he exercises it. He does what he wants, when he wants to with no regard to how he affects the people around him....   [tags: literary analysis]

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Women on the Edge of Time and Stranger in a Strange Land

- The novel Women on the Edge of Time and Stranger in a Strange Land have some similarities. They both depict how the gender socialization process is bias and a catalyst to gender disparity in the society. Both stories bring to light how men are given privileged as compared to women in the society. Analyzing the two stories and using outside sources I will draw a conclusion on how gender and power ideologies have equality impacted our society. “Women on the Edge of Time” is a book written by Marge Piercy explaining the position of women in the era 1976 going 150 years backwards....   [tags: miriam rosenthal, gender roles]

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The Mysterious Stranger

- The Mysterious Stranger It was 1590 in Austria, still in its Age of Belief, and also still in the Middle Ages. The quiet town of Eseldorf lay in the middle of Austria, covertly hidden by luscious woods and many hills. The children were taught only to revere God and the saints; as for education, it was thought only to divert ones attention away from Him, making them discontented with their lot in life. In the town there were two priests. One of them, Father Adolf, was awed and respected; for he had no fear for Satan, and was said to have confronted him once, throwing his bottle at him....   [tags: Short Story]

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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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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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An Analysis of Title Choice in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Supervised Writing #5 Why is the book titled "The Stranger". Who is the Stranger suppose to be. Some might ask why the novel was titled "The Stranger". Others may ask who 'The Stranger' was in the first place. To answer both questions, one must know the important aspects of the novel and observe how the characters act. First of all, "The Stranger" is a fictional novel written by Albert Camus and was first published in 1942. The story is based around Meursault who learns that his mother has passed away....   [tags: emotional detachment, society, ideology]

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Absurdity in Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- The word "absurd" or "absurdity" is very peculiar in that there is no clear definition for the term. Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary gave its definition of "absurd" as "having no rational or orderly relationship to human life: meaningless, also: lacking order or value." Many existential philosophers have defined it in their own manner. Soren Kierkegarrd, a pre-World War II German philosopher, defined absurd as "that quality of Christian faith which runs counter to all reasonable human expectation" (Woelfel 40)....   [tags: The Outsider Essays]

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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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Philisophical Background of The Stranger

- Camus’ The Stranger & Its Philosophical Background Albert Camus’ novel, The Stranger, appealed to a younger European generation that was trying to find its view of life after the tragedies of WWII and Nazism. Though he eventually came to more mature notions of how a human being should act before his tragic death from a accident in 1960, Camus always believed in the ideas expressed in The Stranger that man must find his own meaning in life, separate from religious or political doctrine. While he was brought up a Catholic, he largely rejected religious authority and he opposed any rigid political authority because of his experiences with totalitarianism....   [tags: Albert Camus]

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Indifference in Albert Camus' The Stranger

- Indifference in Albert Camus' The Stranger In Albert Camus novel, The Stranger (The Outsider), the main character Meursault displays a unique indifference to his surroundings and the world around him. It takes him a degree of time to come to terms with his indifference, but when he does he feels truly free from society's constricting bonds. He leads an apathetic lifestyle that is characterized by his constant lack of a definitive personality. Meursault wanders through life as if in a drunken stupor, living the life of a pleasure seeker....   [tags: Albert Camus The Outsider]

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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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The Individual Versus His Environment in The Stranger and Grendel

- The Individual Versus His Environment in The Stranger and Grendel Due to the multifaceted nature of literature, analysis thereof is prone to generalization. One of the most grievous generalizations oft encountered involves failing to distinguish between a character and the novel it inhabits. Take John Gardener’s Grendel and Albert Camus’s The Stranger, for instance. It’s far too easy, when analyzing for dominant ideologies, to slap them both with the label of existentialism and be done with it....   [tags: existential, generalization, humanism]

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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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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Stranger

- The novels- One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich and The Stranger both focus on the life of the protagonist. The Stranger, Albert Camus’s first novel, is both a brilliantly skilled story and an illustration of his absurdist world view. In The Stranger, the protagonist Meursault is portrayed as a person who is psychologically detached from the world around him. He lacks sentimental emotions which at times are very important for a person. Such as when his mother died, it is natural for a person to grieve or shed tears but Meursault did not show any concern about his mother’s death....   [tags: World Literature, Analysis, Contrasts]

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Movie Analysis : ' Twilight And The Story ' The Mysterious Stranger '

- Love is defined in many different ways; often times it depends on the person you ask. Sometimes it can be mistaken for lust or hate, and some people don’t even believe love exists. Although each individual carries their own opinion and perspective, it is safe to say that the portrayal of love in literature and film can appear much more magical and grand than it is in reality. Love can be an extremely controversial topic, but for the duration of this paper I ask the reader to hypothesize with me and explore the point of view from the literature and film aspect....   [tags: Love, Interpersonal attraction, Lust, Romance]

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