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When a Stranger Comes and Causes your House to Fall

- Is it possible that two stories in the same genre can have completely different settings, but still end in similar ways. The two stories The Fall of the House of Usher and Where is Here. are both gothic stories. In The Fall of the House of Usher by: Edgar Allen Poe, the story begins with the narrator going to visit his old friend in an isolated house built on a swamp. In Where is Here. by: Joyce Carol Oates, the story is set in a quiet, residential neighborhood, then a stranger comes to visit. Although The Fall of the House of Usher and Where is Here....   [tags: Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher]

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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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Comparing George Orwell 's ' Stranger ' And ' Shooting An Elephant '

- James Baldwin and George Orwell Comparison The essay “Stranger in the village” by James Baldwin, and “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, share a similarity in their experience in a new environments. Orwell a British officer he was not warmly welcome, the Burmese people hated. As for Baldwin it is more of racism than hated. Both essays happen in unfamiliar places where there were racism and discrimination. They do not fit in with the natives and is judged because of their nationalities. However, the themes of these writing differ....   [tags: Burma, George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant]

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Opposing Perspectives in Hesse’s Siddhartha and Camus’ The Stranger

- Hermann Hesse and Albert Camus were both talented authors whose works have greatly influenced the world of literature. Hesse’s Siddhartha and Camus’ The Stranger have impacted readers for decades. These novels centralize around a common principle of finding inner truth. The main characters, Siddhartha and Meursault, have very different ideologies by which they live their lives. These opposing perspectives greatly influence their individual decisions and the people around them. The style in which each of these novels is written exemplifies these differences between Siddhartha and Meursault....   [tags: Hermann Hesse, Albert Camus]

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The Topic of Defiance of Societal Rules in The Stranger Through Absurdism

- All societies have societal norms and rules that citizens are expected to follow. Those who don’t, are either labeled as defiant or as a non conformist. One who defies societal rules doesn’t necessarily disobey deliberately, but rather because one’s own beliefs don't parallel. In the novel The Stranger by Albert Camus there is a prevalence of characters breaking societal rules, but as a result these characters face the consequences. Albert Camus connects these actions to the overarching themes of the books in order to convey his message more effectively....   [tags: societal norms, citizens, expected ehaviors]

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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 Controlling Nature of Systems as Illustrated in Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- A reoccurring idea that can be found in Albert Camus’ The Stranger is the philosophy of existentialism. One particular ideal that existentialism possesses is the idea that systems are absurd. Societies establish them as a foundation on which it can base its morals and beliefs, but these systems ultimately prove themselves to be useless to the individuals within that society. This is due to the controlling nature of systems, which inhibits more than helps members of societies. Camus comments on this idea through his utilization of dialogue, characterization, and historical context, and further explores this existential concept in relation to the societal institutions of religion, government,...   [tags: beliefs, religion, government, control, dominance]

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Moral Ambiguity in "The Stranger"

- Has there ever existed a person that has not judged someone else over their lifetime. Judging by reality as well as literature it seems that no person like that has ever existed. It appears that it is human nature to want to pronounce others as either purely good or evil. But does everyone fit into the mold of good or evil. In Albert Camus's The Stranger, Meursault is a morally ambiguous character, and this ethical indistinctness plays a major part in the novel as a whole and the theme that Camus is trying to portray....   [tags: European Literature]

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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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The Absurd, Chaotic World in The Stranger, by Albert Camus

- There is no meaning in the world besides the meaning we humans give to it. The world is an absurd, chaotic place in which it is up to the individual to decide what to make of it. In The Stranger, Meursault, the main character, struggles to sort out the chaos of the world and resist the pulls of society. Meursault continuously disobeys the standards of society which reminds the reader about human fidelity and social divisions. Thus, his display of human absurdity reveals how all people are all equal....   [tags: frustration, meursault, religion]

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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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Impending Death inThe Stranger by Albert Camus

- ... In contrast to the courtroom, Meursault refuses to judge others. He watches people from his balcony, but he is indifferent and objective when describing them. “ A little later, the local boys went by, hair greased back, red ties, tight-fitting jackets,with embroidered pocket handkerchiefs and squared toed shoes. I thought they must be heading to the movies in town” (22). He places no judgement and instead simply watches them, but the courtroom and the people in it use their opinions to decide Meursault's fate....   [tags: crucifix, courtroom, murder]

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Maman’s Funeral Characterises Meursault And the World of The Stranger

- In the experimental novel The Stranger by Albert Camus, he explores the concept of existentialism and the idea that humans are born into nothing and descend into nothingness after death. The novel takes place in the French colony of Algiers where the French-Algerians working-class colonists live in an urban setting where simple life pleasures are of the upmost importance in the lives of working class people like the protagonist of the novel Meursault. What is fascinating about this novel is that it opens up with a scene of perpetual misfortune for him through the death of his mother although he seems to express otherwise....   [tags: literaly analysis, albert camus]

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Absurdity of the Main Character in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The Stranger by Albert Camus is a novel told through the eyes of a man named Meursault, living in French occupied Algeria during the height of colonial rule. Meursault, the existential protagonist who is psychologically detached from the world around him, is ruled by his base instincts rather than sentimental feelings leading to a perceived irrationality of his character. This novel explores the theme of absurdity and the actions of a seemingly absurd man perceiving his world as dysfunctional. Camus’ use of first person narrative limits the reader’s understanding of the events in the novel....   [tags: Detachment, Amoral, Alienation]

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Albert Camus’s The Stranger: Living Without Purpose

- How does a person really live when they feel there is no meaning in life and that the thought of seeking any value is absurd. Albert Camus’s novel “The Stranger” focuses on Meursault, a man who lives for the yearnings of the present moment and completely free of any values. Moreover, “Meursault refuses to conform to a social code that, in his mind, demands an excess of false words” (Taylor). Rather than behave with the social standards, Meursault tries to live as honestly as he can, doing what he wants to do and befriending those whom he likes....   [tags: values, symbolism, social code, social norms]

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Stranger

- There was something about her when she came walking into the parking lot that made the whole place settle down when they saw her standing outside the Dairy Queen. It wasn’t so much the fact she was standing there with a brown, leather jacket zipped all the way up with some ragged blue jeans torn slightly at the near or the dirty, blue converse on her feet that looked like they’d had a tuff run. It also wasn’t the red hair combed back into a pony-tail with absolutely no grease or even the slightest hint of hair spray, or even the dark sunglasses her eyes hid behind, but you could tell they were glaring back at you like a rebel that matched the demeanor of her hand-on-hip stance....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays]

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The Stranger Part Two

- The Stranger - II Society has always been known to judge people based on their age, sex, appearance, culture and social status. In the second part of the novel “The Stranger” the narrative stile changes and we as the reader no longer see the story developing in front of us, but we read a case, a trial that already happened. Albert Camus is guiding us thru the trial and the state of the defendant with an objective narrative stile, allowing us to make out own opinions about Meursault’s crime and the outcome of his actions....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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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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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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Looking at the Character of Meursault in The Stranger by Camus

- Looking at the Character of Meursault in The Stranger by Camus In Camus’s “The Stranger” I will be discussing how the character Meursault utilizes all of the six existential themes: Freedom, Contingency, Individuality, Existence, Reflection, and Passion. I will also address how Meursault utilizes the existential givens of existence: Death, Freedom, Existential Isolation, and Meaning/Meaninglessness. I will then go on to discuss Meursault’s responsibility (guilt) throughout the novel. Finally I will discuss the interaction between Meursault and the Chaplain and it’s significance....   [tags: Papers]

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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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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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Analyzing Twain´s The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg and The Mysterious Stranger

- An enigmatic person strolls into a humble village secluded in the mountains, ignorant to many things. The enigma then enlightens the villagers to the truth whether good or bad. Mark Twain uses such a scenario in many of his works such as The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg, and The Mysterious Stranger. In both stories are set in small towns who's residents are oblivious to their own moral hypocrisy. The sudden appearance of a stranger spreading a sort of knowledge, initiates a chain of events the leads to certain residents to self-evaluate their own character and that of the whole human race....   [tags: enigma, Mark Twain, moral hypocrisy, flaws]

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Love, Decisions, and Sacrifice in Robert Frost's Love and a Question

- “Love and a Question” by Robert Frost is trying to get readers to see that love can be strong and change people’s mindset from doing the need or want to help to something that could wait. In this poem Frost uses the ideas of love, decisions and sacrifice to get his point of love and how decisions are made across to the reader. Love is a big part of human life. Love in this poem can be described in two different ways. One way is the love of helping people. The other way is the love of a relationship....   [tags: relationship, stranger, honeymoon]

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Simmel's versus Du Bois's Theories in the Social Sciences

- Throughout history, Georg Simmel and W.E.B. Du Bois have had a substantial influence on imperative theories and concepts developed in the area of social sciences. Two of the most significant and distinguished concepts fostered by both of these theorists are the concepts of “double consciousness” and “the stranger”. In this essay, I will be analyzing each of these works to draw upon differences and similarities concerning the two. The resemblances I will be expanding on are the usage of the paradoxical figure, which both theorists discuss in their theories, and the coexisting sensation of division from conventional society....   [tags: double consciousness, the stranger]

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The Sexual Nature of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

- ‘To a stranger’ is a poem written by Walt Whitman, which was published as a part of the collection of his poems titled “Leaves of Grass”, in the year 1855. The sexual nature of the poems in this collection fuelled a great controversy at the time of its publication, and in 1865 he lost his government job as a result of the indecent behavior which his boss saw reflected in his works. In the “leaves of Grass” there is a separate cluster of poems called the “Calamus”, and “To A Stranger”, is a part of that cluster....   [tags: relationship, love, stranger]

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Judgment in Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- Personal judgment in Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Albert Camus’ The Stranger, though internal in the first and external in the latter, mirrors society’s judgment of those who differ from the norm. The two postmodernist authors both use judgment as a tool to promote the postmodern idea that society oppresses and criticizes people who are not like everyone else. Camus and Shaffer place specific motifs and elements into their novels in order to push the idea of societal judgment on the reader. However, while the ideas may be the same, Camus and Shaffer use them contrastingly....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]

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A Comparison Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Albert Camus’s The Stranger

- The ways in which truths are presented to external audiences concerning outside characters display not only a good judgment of character on the presenter, but furthermore, the often insignificant nature of whom the presenter is talking about, even if the insignificance presented is accidental. Both Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Albert Camus’ The Stranger approach different ways in presenting the truths of Alan Strang and Meursault to the audience/jury, but one thing remains clear; intentional or unintentional manipulation of these characters leads to the eternal distrust of the reliability of their presenters, Martin Dysart and the members of the law....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]

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The Portrait of Religion in Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Albert Camus’s The Stranger

- Albert Camus’ The Stranger and Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” reveal the degenerative effects of religion on society through a negative portrayal of characters’ relationships with religion. Both introduce religion as a means of releasing welled up human emotions and as an optimistic distraction from the realities of life. However, both criticize religion as being dangerous to one’s mental stability as well as to society as a whole. Camus and Shaffer each communicate this message through their respective characters: the magistrate and Alan Strang....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]

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Unhealthy Relationships in Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Albert Camus’s The Stranger

- In Equus, by Peter Shaffer, and The Stranger, by Albert Camus, both protagonists’ personal family relations produced from overprotection and abandonment result in the disconnection of the primary care givers. In Equus Alan’s parents shelter him from the wrongs of the outside world, which creates an unavoidable obstacle between Alan and his parents. In The Stranger, Meursault’s unloving attitude towards his mother develops the sense of resentment from his childhood. In comparing both novels the author constructs these feelings to imply the effects of the actions when disunion is present between the primary care givers and the protagonists....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]

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Analysis of Where are you Going, Where Have you Been? by Joyce Carol Oates

- The things we do are what define ourselves. Desperate teenagers tend to make unreasonable decisions trying to fit into society. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?,” a story written by Joyce Carol Oates relates the story of a young girl that flaunts her beauty which ultimately leads to her abduction. Lost in a fantasy world, Connie, a self-absorbed 15-year-old girl, spends much of her time going out with her friends and meeting older boys. One night, she captures a stranger’s attention and he decides to do whatever it takes to take her with him....   [tags: Fantasy, Teenagers, Stranger]

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Inferiorety of Women in Madam Bovary, The Stranger, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being

- Throughout history and literature women have been second to men. In many of the books we have looked at in the duration of high school years even the most powerful and influential women are often seen under men. The women’s actions and thoughts are often looked down on by others despite the men having often performed worse actions than the they have. This drives across the idea of imbalance among the sexes and pushes the idea of women being inferior to men into the reader’s mind whether or not it is picked up....   [tags: judgement, imbalance, power]

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How Did Meursault Transition in Characterization from the Beginning of the Book to the End of the Book

- Written Assignment: How did Meursault transition in characterization from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. Camus’ novel The Stranger offers a view of someone’s indifference from society. Through the interactions and relationships Camus puts Meursault though, displays Meursault's transition in characterization, going on to show how he is indifferent from society. Ultimately furthering his development from indifferent, to realizing he has a place within society. There is an emphasis placed on Meursault’s indifference from society through the shift in the book on how he interacts with people in the beginning of the book to how he interacts with people in the second half of the...   [tags: Albert Camus's The Stranger]

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Analysis Of James Madison Was No Stranger From The Grasp Of Distant Monarchical Rule

- James Madison was no stranger to opposition. In publishing an essay referred to today as Federalist Essay No. 10, Madison participated in a persuasive attempt to ratify the Constitution, a document he drafted and for which he is credited as its “Father”. Along with John Jay, who became the United States’ first Supreme Court Chief Justice, and Alexander Hamilton, who became the first Secretary of the Treasury, Madison articulates in his writing the necessity of the Constitution as a remedy for the extant ills of an infant nation recently freed from the grasp of distant monarchical rule....   [tags: United States Constitution, Democracy]

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The Site of Recapitalising the Spiritual Capital of the City: Welcoming the Stranger with Intention and Architectural Edifice

- Let us contemplate the terms of engagement we can agree upon in this article. This article contributes to the emerging field of Spiritual Capital: a new, strange and relatively loosely defined field. Our first task then is to constrain our working description of the field of Spirituality Capital. We first turn our attention to constraining our working description of the new field of Spiritual Capital. By using the word “constraining” instead of “defining” we attempt to keep the full complexity (Cilliers, 2010:59) of the field of Spiritual Capital open, without collapsing it into a simplistic or restraining definition....   [tags: analisis, hegel, lancan]

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Analysis Of ' The Stranger, Albert Camus ' Construction Of Events Builds Up Meursault

- The structure of a novel can play as much of a role in plot development as its characters. In The Stranger, Albert Camus’ construction of events builds up Meursault as a character parallel to its narrative structure. He does this by manipulating the magnitude and significance of Meursault’s reactions to the things that happen around him and as such, Camus allows the intensity of the narrative tone to ascend and descend accordingly as the plot proceeds. The novel’s exposition leads with Meursault’s generally disinterested attitude leading into his increasing irritability and volatility alongside the rising action, as seen by his behavioral changes....   [tags: Fiction, Narratology, Narrative, Emotion]

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The Stranger Offers One Man 's Incite Into The Justice Of Society

- Albert Camus’ The Stranger offers one man’s incite into the justice of society. Monsieur Meursault, the main protagonist in the novel, believes that morals and the concept of right and wrong possess no importance. This idea influences him to act distinctively in situations that require emotion and just decision, including feeling sadness over his mother’s death, the abuse of a woman, and his killing of an innocent man. In these situations Meursault apathetically devoids himself of all emotion and abstains from dealing with the reality in front of him....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Life, Emotion]

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Alan’s and Mersault’s Perceived Personal Realities in Equus and The Stranger

- Through psychological realism in Equus and The Stranger, Peter Shaffer and Albert Camus alienate both characters to show the power of religion through their perceived personal realities. Through the setting, Shaffer emphasizes Alan’s accepted reality. Worshipping a horse in your room seems very insane to most people, but to Alan it changes his life. This quote needs to be incorporated. “I look through the door, and he was standing in the moonlight in his pajamas, right in front of that big photograph….then suddenly he knelt down….and he said ‘Behold – I give you Equus, my only begotten son’” (Shaffer 46)....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]

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Isolated Characters in Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Albert Camus’s The Stranger

- In Equus and The Stranger, authors Peter Shaffer and Albert Camus create an absence of passion and love for their characters of Dysart and Meursault through characterization and overall tone of the text, which creates isolated characters. Camus and Shaffer manipulate the characters relationships with women to prove the lack of love. The authors also demonstrate the lack of passion throughout the text, and later it confirms the overall affect it has on both of the characters lives, even though they end results are different....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]

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Changes in Reader Opinion on Meursault Throughout Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- ... Later on in the novel, Meursault and Marie are sitting in Meursault’s apartment when Marie asks him if he loves her. He says, “I told her it didn’t mean anything but that I didn’t think so” (Camus 35). Loving or not loving a person is completely human, but saying that it does not mean anything is complete failure of recognition of a concept that almost all people value. Finally, at Meursault’s trial, Meursault does not show any remorse for killing the Arab and even says that he did not feel badly at all for what he had done....   [tags: perspective, truth, values]

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Creating My Personal Bucket List

- Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, said “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.” Hansen, also known as America’s Ambassador of Possibility, has achieved his lifelong goals, such as creating a foundation in his name dedicated to helping young people to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into realities. From a young age, Hansen realized his goals and that allowed him to be able to achieve them....   [tags: travel, dive, nice, stranger]

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Short Story: The Pigs

- Across the scorched and broken landscape, empty of laughter and devoid of happiness there marched a shadowy figure. His face obscured by a long and furry hood of fur, his long snout crisscrossed with countless scars, his ruffled coat dirty and worn. The stranger shuffled along a twisting canal that snaked across the hellish landscape. His gait was mismatched as well as his eyes, one gray and one black. The stranger shifted his hood so it fell crookedly across his face and from its depths, peered out two eyes....   [tags: the stranger, unethical conditions]

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A Society in Danger

- In the book The Stranger, Camus characterizes Meursault as an atheist, an unemotional robot, and an outcast to demonstrate how he threatens society. The way Camus characterizes Meursault impacts the book in views to which he threatens society, like when he seems useless, has no compassion or feelings, and when he does nothing to help society, making him seem like society’s worst enemy. How he characterizes Meursault proves how he becomes a threat to society through the use of syntax by displaying insensitivity, and diction to prove his atheism....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Stranger]

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A Society in Danger

- A Society in Danger In the book The Stranger, Camus characterizes Meursault as an atheist, an unemotional robot, and an outcast to demonstrate how he threatens society. The way Camus characterizes Meursault impacts the book in views to which he threatens society, like when he seems useless, shows no compassion or feelings, and when he does nothing to help society, making him seem like society’s worst enemy. How he characterizes Meursault proves how he becomes a threat to society through the use of syntax by displaying insensitivity, and diction to prove his atheism....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Stranger]

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Character's Blindness in Literature

- In José Saramongo’s novel Blindness, he states, “I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.” He explains that people think they can see, but they are truly blind because they are blind to certain ideas or matters that are essential. In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, and Albert Camus’ The Stranger, characters’ blindness causes them to act irrationally, which often has fatal repercussions. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is blind to the possible consequences of discovering the truth, which leads to his irrational actions....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Atonement, The Stranger]

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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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A Comparison of the Heroes Of The Stranger (The Outsider) and The Myth of Sisyphus

- The Absurd Heroes Of The Stranger (The Outsider) and The Myth of Sisyphus In The Myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus is an absurd hero because he realizes his situation, does not appeal, and yet continues the struggle. The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate that The Stranger is, in narrative style, also showing us an absurd hero, or the beginning of an absurd hero in Meursault. In The Myth of Sisyphus Camus establishes the epistemology on which he bases all his works. Ant it's a very simple epistemology....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Albert Camus' The Stranger and Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse

- Man's Place in Society and Nature in Albert Camus' The Stranger and Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse A general premise underlying the art of writing is that "language shapes and is shaped by the surrounding society" (McCarthy 41). Authors of an age attempt to effect a message through their writing, and inevitably this telegram to society reflects the temperament of the writer in reaction to his environment and historical context . In this light, Albert Camus' The Stranger (1942) and Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse (1927) are products of two separate cultures in an overlapping time period; Camus' sparse minimalistic prose and Woolf's lyrical, indulgent discourse represent two different...   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]

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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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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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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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Is there truly any justice in the novel The Stranger, written by Albert

- Is there truly any justice in the novel The Stranger, written by Albert Camus. Is there truly any justice in the novel The Stranger, written by Albert Camus. This is a question that naturally protrudes throughout the novel, as it is not abundantly clear what Meursault, the protagonist, was, in fact, put on trial for. At the beginning of the second part of the narrative, it is understood that he is put on trial for the murder of an Arab; however, it later comes to our attention that the murder was not the primary reason of his trial, and perhaps not even an essential one for that matter....   [tags: English Literature]

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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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Isolation in the Writing Styles of Camus

- The writing style of Albert Camus in The Stranger shows the topic of isolation. Camus uses very short, straight to the point sentences, using very simple vocabulary to convey his message. In The Stranger, Meursault will give a complete thought in one sentence but the sentence after that will be completely different than what he was talking about in the previous sentence. The diction, syntax, and the organization of the novel all aid the readers to understand the topic of isolation and its purpose in the novel which is how Meursault, through his isolation from everyone and society, realizes that he has the ability to choose what he desires....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger, Isolation, Analysis]

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Indonesia an Island Nation, No Stranger to Disastrous Earthquakes

- The country of Indonesia has been the heart of many natural disasters, primarily due to the geographic proximity to large bodies of water. Tsunamis and typhoons are frequent, as well as, small-scale to large-scale mega thrust earthquakes which results from several extremely active subduction zones. Several active subduction zones are found there, the Indian-Australian plate moving beneath the Eurasian plate, moving at a rate of about 50-70 mm per year as well as, the Pacific plate moving beneath the Eurasian plate, moving at a rate of about 100- 110 mm per year....   [tags: Tsunamis and typhoons, java]

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Meursault Justifies Murder

- The emotionless anti-hero, Monsieur Meursault, embarks on a distinct philosophical journey through The Stranger. Confident in his ideas about the world, Meursault is an unemotional protagonist who survives without expectations or even aspirations. Because of his constant indifference and lack of opinions about the world, it can be denoted that he undergoes a psychological detachment from the world and society. It is through these characteristics that exist in Meursault that Camus expresses the absurd....   [tags: The Stranger, Monsieur Meursault, Analysis]

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Stranger in a Strange Land

- The dark, black sky was covered with a million bright shining stars. The moon shimmered above a small town in the suburbs of London. The gentle wind swept past the bare trees and danced with the leaves below it, creating a colourful array of orange, yellow, red and brown. Across the street, a light was on in a small house where a tall, dark haired woman stood, talking to her two children Nicola and Erin. While she was tucking them in Erin asked, “Mummy, will you tell us a story please?” “I’m sorry but its time to go to sleep now,” she said....   [tags: Creative Writing Examples]

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Identity in James Baldwin’s Stranger in the Village and Zora Neale Hurston’s How it Feels to be Colored Me

- Identity in James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village” and Zora Neale Hurston’s “How it Feels to be Colored Me” Everyone has a story, a past experience that has built them up to be the person that they are today. In both James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village” and Zora Neale Hurston’s “How it Feels to be Colored Me” the presence of conflicting views in their stories holds a large impact on how they later develop as individuals. While Baldwin’s piece demonstrates the ignorance from society which is projected onto him from Swiss villagers, it shares both similarities and differences to the attitudes demonstrated in Hurston’s piece influenced by her surroundings....   [tags: How it Feels to be Colored Me 2014]

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How do both The Stranger by Albert Camus and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen explore free will?

- From the very first line of Albert Camus’ The Stranger, “Maman died today,” (Camus 3) the quirky character of Meursault is shown to be different. The same holds true with Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, A Doll’s House, concerning Nora, a mother who abandons her family in order to pursue her own happiness. Both characters, while set in opposing societies, exhibit similar characteristics: a courageous, if not reckless, pursuit of happiness, be it physical in the case of Meursault or mental for Nora, and the relentless disregard of social standards and norms in the chase for free will....   [tags: Literature]

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Character Analysis Of Chuck Palahniuk 's Book Stranger Than Fiction : True Stories

- Chuck Palahniuk 's fiction is rich in its content and a challenging material for criticism. Almost all his novels focus on revolt against consumer culture. Ron Riekki says that "Palahniuk 's novels repeatedly take anti-capitalistic stances, mocking corporations, often destroying the symbols of capitalistic enterprise" (89). This chapter is devoted to the Marxist perspective of three of his novels. It handles Fight Club, Invisible Monsters and Choke as a postmodern example of men 's suffering from consumer capitalism....   [tags: Marxism, Karl Marx, Socialism, Social class]

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Richard Wright 's ' Our History Is Far Stranger Than You Suspect, And We Are Not What We

- Richard Wright once stated, “… our history is far stranger than you suspect, and we are not what we seem.” Regarded as one of the most gifted contemporary African American writers Wright delved into exposing the reality of Black lives in American. Through his brilliant poetic writing and sentimentally graphic images, Wright developed a stunningly accurate story, 12 Million Black Voices. His work consists of a great scope, all in attempt to uncover a significant part of the nations history. Wright accompanies his text with many images from the Depression era that were taken by the Farm Security Administration....   [tags: African American, Black people, Slavery, Truth]

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Comparing Violence as a Motif in Stranger and Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea

- Violence as a Motif in The Stranger and The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea    In The Stranger by Albert Camus, and The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea by Yukio Mishima, violence is an important motif. This paper will attempt to show how comparisons exists in these books which aids the violence motif. Violence is concluded with murder or multiple murders in the above books. In The Stranger, Meursault, an absurd hero, shoots the Arab five times on the beach. He accounts for the scenario by telling the reader: My whole being tensed and I squeezed my hand around the revolver....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Effect of Light in The Stranger and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

- The light in the two novels The Stranger and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich(One Day) has an animalistic effect on the protagonists. In The Stranger, Meursault complains about the intensity of sunlight. His nature is not a light friendly one, he becomes distracted and begins to sweat under intensive light. Meursault may in several ways be compared to a bat, confused and irritated by light, though when in a dark environment, he is able to concentrate and focus. On the other hand, Shukov from One Day experiences light as mental freedom from the dark camp....   [tags: Albert Camus Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn]

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Comparing Albert Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider) and Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea

- Lack of Order in Albert Camus' The Stranger (The Outsider) and Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea   Nausea, by Jean-Paul Sartre, and The Stranger, by Albert Camus, refuse to impose order on their events by not using psychology, hierarchies, coherent narratives, or cause and effect. Nausea refuses to order its events by not inscribing them with psychology or a cause for existence, and it contrasts itself with a text by Balzac that explains its events. Nausea resists the traditional strategy of including the past to predict a character's future....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Importance of Surroundings in Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The Importance of Surroundings in Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and The Stranger by Albert Camus According to John Locke, people begin their lives with a clean slate and are nurtured by their surroundings and contact with others, also known as Tabula Rasa (Landry)....   [tags: Camus Siddhartha Hesse]

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Baby Anxiety Experiment

- Schaffer and Emerson (1964) challenged some of Bowlby’s claims which believed that babies have some biological need to attach to their mothers, or at least to a permanent carer. Schaffer and Emerson carried out an ethological study in Scotland which consisted of 60 babies from a working-class sector of Glasgow during the first eighteen months of their lives. They interviewed the mothers every 4 weeks and asked them several questions related to their child’s reaction when faced with a separation distress, e.g....   [tags: infant attachment, separation, stranger anxiety]

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Analysis of Article If Hitler Asked You To Electrocute A Stranger, Would You? Probably

- It is only natural to dismiss the idea of our own personal flaws, for who with a healthy sense of self wanders in thoughts of their own insufficiency. The idea of hypocrisy is one that strikes a sensitive nerve to most, and being labeled a hypocrite is something we all strive to avoid. Philip Meyer takes this emotion to the extreme by examining a study done by a social psychologist, Stanley Milgram, involving the effects of discipline. In the essay, "If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You....   [tags: Philip Meyer]

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An Analysis of a Passage in The Stranger by Albert Camas

- This passage is set before Meursault’s execution with the chaplain entering the scene, and telling Meursault that his “heart is blind”, leading to Meursault to yell and delve into his rant, and moment of consciousness. The passage has a calm in the beginning as if Meursault catches his breath from yelling previously, and he starts to reassure himself that he is not wrong for expressing his views as it went against the public’s religious beliefs, and states that this moment was so important to him that it was if his life was merely leading up to it....   [tags: rant, morals, aggressive]

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When It Comes to Feeling Like a Stranger...

- Should immigrant parents Americanize their children. Should they prioritize adapting to the environment over their own cultural heritage. I don't think they should, and I don't think they have to. I can tell from my own experience that parents actually have much less influence on deciding how a child grows up than it would seem. But that is not to say that they have no role at all. As the perceived root of their children's culture they do play an important part. Personally, if I ever had questions about our customs, religion, or where I came from the people to ask were my mother or my grandmother....   [tags: Culture ]

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the Stranger: Analysis

- "The Stranger": Analysis Author: Albert Camus I. Biographical Insights A. Albert Camus' cultures consist of being a novelist, literature and short story writer of many books. He wrote an essay on the state of Muslims in Algeria, causing him to lose his job and he moved to Paris. Albert Camus also joined the French resistance against the Nazis and became an editor of "Combat", an underground newspaper. He was dissatisfied with the editorial of the Board and left the underground newspaper....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Social Promotion

- Stranger with my face by Lois Duncan explores the experiences of Laurie Stratton, a sixteen-year old girl who lives on an island. When Laurie realizes that she is the only adopted child in her family, she had a more surreal feeling of exclusion. Not only does she discover that she was adopted, she discovered that she had a twin sister, Lia, with whom she starts to spend and increasing amount of time with. As she begins to focus all of her energy on Lia, she begins to ostracize her friends and family, as well as isolate herself....   [tags: Stranger with My Face, Lois Duncan]

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Harold Crick’s Turning Points to Dramatic Change

- In many stories, authors let characters to take actions that allow them to benefit when the seemingly uncontrollable turning points come. In the film Stranger than Fiction written by Zach Helm, turning points are used this way through Harold Crick. Harold’s realization of being powerless to avoid his fateful death provides a turning point that induces Harold’s transformation, which helps him to stay alive at the end. Harold understands his failure to control his own destiny after witnessing the sudden demolishment of his own apartment, which triggers him to become earnest and goal-oriented by playing the guitar, to get rid of his inflexibility by pursuing his love interest Ana Pascal using i...   [tags: Harold Crick, Stranger than Fiction, Zach Helm, mo]

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The catcher in the rye and the stranger

- Holden Caulfield and Mersault have both been alienated in their worlds as the authors have so clearly portrayed in both books. But as much as both have been alienated, one is an essentialist while the other remains an existentialist. Holden Caulfield being the essentialist that he is, has psychological motivation for every action he takes. He is a teenager that is struggling with the fact that everyone has to grow up, which to him means that you have to become “phony or corrupt”. While on the other hand Mersault, the existentialist, does things for no reason whatsoever....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Short Story: A Stranger on a Cold Winter Day

- He awoke to the sun's beam hitting his face, the yellow ray had snuck through a small hole in his drapes. He adjusted to the unconventional alarm, sliding slightly getting the ray off of him. He continued to lay in bed,staring at the ceiling a dull grey-stone color. His room remained quiet and dark, as it would always if he didn't wish it not. He let out a long sigh. 'Here comes another day.' He thought bitterly. He threw his covers off and stood, stretching and letting out a yawn. He pulled aside his drapes, dispensing the red hue that bathed his bedroom....   [tags: Books, Wolves]

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The Realtionship Between Salamano And His Dog The Stranger By Albert C

- Misery Loves Company Salamano and his dog have a strange relationship. They are always together and even look similar, but Salamano is constantly beating the dog. One would think that since the dog was Salamano’s only companion then he would treat it better. Salamano and his dog symbolize the absurdity that occurs in our everyday life. Both the dog and Salamano have reddish scabs and the dog has “sort of taken on his masters stooped look, muzzle down, neck straining”(pg. 27). They’ve been together for eight years, always doing the some routine, so they’ve started to take on each other’s personalities, as well as looks....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Stranger Paper

- I know my subject by his first name only, Maynard, by listening to his frequent conversations with his close friend Rolando I have discovered they enjoy talking about alcoholic beverages, movies, and video games among other things. He is of average height and a slim build with frizzy short black hair and wears glasses. My first impression after observing Maynard for a short period of time was he might be shy and/or nervous in social situations even when interacting with a close friend. I came about this assumption by observing him look away from the listener when he (Maynard) laughs, he also fidgets with his hands by rubbing them together, etc....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Is Meursault Heroic in Albert Camus' The Stranger?

- Is Meursault Heroic in The Outsider.     When Meursault is described to us in the early stages of "The Outsider" we see that he does not obey society's codes therefore is it fair for us to assess him using societies interpretation of "heroic".   If we are to judge him by them then we are given ample examples throughout the novel of his having no compassion or even of his thinking of the consequences of his actions, hardly heroic, but the converse is also demonstrated in many places.  An example of the former is when Raymond asks Meursault to "draft" a letter to an Arab prostitute.  Meursault knows what will result from his actions but seems unemotional and views the let...   [tags: Albert Camus, The Outsider]

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