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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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Memory, Imagination, and Consciousness in Funes the Memorious and Meursault

- Memory, Imagination, and Consciousness in Funes the Memorious and Meursault       Consciousness separates humans from sense perceiving “garbage heaps.” Jorge Luis Borges, in “Funes the Memorious,” and Albert Camus, in “The Stranger,” explore the causes of consciousness. They are philosophers who write fiction to answer the question, “What makes us aware?” An imperfect memory and imagination define our reality. Funes can be aware of other realities because has a perfect memory. Meursault reveals that the missing element for Funes to possess consciousness is imagination....   [tags: Funes Memorious Meursault]

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Analysis Of Meursault 's ' Meursault '

- At the very beginning to the novel Meursault decides to take a proactive existential approach to life: deny suicide and create his own meaning. Only halfway through the novel Meursault starts to utilize his complete freedom, thus he creates a passion and begins to realize the only pleasures in life he can create are the ones he omits. Camus often talks about freedom being the moment of consciousness but contentness; one becomes free when they accept the absurd and find a passion. Meursault’s friend and neighbour, Raymond, is known as a pimp around the city, and invites Meursault to a friend’s cottage and Raymond as well suggests he bring Marie with him....   [tags: Absurdism, The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus]

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Comparison Between Meursault And Meursault

- Quotes: Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: “Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.” That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.” - This quote opens the novel. It is a quote by our narrator, Meursault. This shows us one of the primary qualities about Meursault, his apathy and detachment from emotion. He spends more time on insignificant things about the telegram, such as what day exactly she died. He does not show any remorse or sadness over the death of his mother....   [tags: Death, Life, Feeling, WWE No Way Out]

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Relationship Between Meursault And Meursault

- When it comes to love, Meursault has an outlook that is very different from most. He believes that love “doesn 't mean anything but that [he] didn 't think” (35) he loved Marie. She becomes very sad by this and thinks that he doesn 't care about her at all. She doesn 't realize that Meursault is not like others, he has no views on the topic of love and does not label his feelings. Later on, Marie asks him if he will marry her. He replied that “it [doesn 't] make any difference to him and that [they] could if she wanted to” (41)....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Existentialism, Life]

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Raymond and Meursault

- Do friends exist. The answer to that would be yes, and the fact is, true friends do exist. There are people out there who become so close their lives and goals are intertwined, and forever together. Yet the majority of friends last only a few years, and some are those who use others for their benefit. For example through the character of Raymond, Albert Camus displays the negative influence “friends” play on one’s actions and future. Raymond plays a large role in the conviction of Meursault during the trial, as he influences many of the decisions made earlier in Meursault’s life....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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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: Changes in Meursault

- In The Stranger, Albert Camus describes the life of the protagonist, Meursault, through life changing events. The passage chosen illustrates Meursault’s view during his time in prison for killing the Arab. In prison, one can see the shifts in Meursault’s character and the acceptance of this new lifestyle. Camus manipulates diction to indicate the changes in Meursault caused by time thinking of memories in prison and realization of his pointless life. Because Camus published this book at the beginning of World War II, people at this time period also questions life and death similar to how Meursault does....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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The Truthfulness of Meursault in The Stranger

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

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"The Stranger" - 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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Meursault - The Anti-Hero Protagonist

- Life is often interpreted by many as having meaning or purpose. For people who are like Meursault, the anti-hero protagonist of Albert Camus' The Stranger, written in 1942, the world is completely without either. Camus' story explores the world through the eyes of Meursault, who is quite literally a stranger to society in his indifference to meaning, values, and morals. In this novel, this protagonist lives on through life with this indifference, and is prosecuted and sentenced to die for it. Through Meursault and his ventures in The Stranger, Camus expresses to the reader the idea that the world is fundamentally absurd, but that people will react to absurdity by attaching meaning to it in v...   [tags: Character Analysis]

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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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The Trial and Conviction of Meursault - An Example of Absurdity

- The climax of the novel The Stranger is reached when the jury declares that the main character, Meursault, is to be executed by gulliotine 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 three main tenets of absurdism. Camus uses the trial and conviction of Meursault to express the absurdist ideals that truth does not exist, and human life is precious. The trial portrays the absurdist ideal that truth does not exist because the universe is irrational....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Meursault's Indifference in The Stranger, by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger, Albert Camus allows the main character to tell the story in order to give the reader an experience of his own. Obviously, with a novel also comes language, which Camus incorporates cleverly as a way to indirectly illustrate Meursault’s thoughts about certain situations. Although the novel represents a postmodern setting, the author shifts the overall meaning. In The Stranger, Camus applies a unique literary style as a power that deflects blame from Meursault, the antiheroic character....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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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 Character of Meursault in The Outsider, by Albert Camus

- Meursault had an indifferent, nonchalant demeanour. The setting of the novel prevails in Algiers after the invasion of the French. Since the novel was written post World War I, the political tension and fear in the society is vividly visible. Meursault was drastically different from the narrow minded people who alienated him. Since the society had been colonized by the French, it was vulnerable, destabilized and wary of threats, Meursault was unaccepted by them. Meursault, the protagonist and narrator is a stoic and detached figure....   [tags: The Outsider Essays]

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Kubler-Ross on Gregor Samsa and Meursault

- In the novels The Metamorphosis and The Stranger by Franz Kafka and Albert Camus, Kubler-Ross’s five stages of death are incorporated to emphasize the themes of individualism and isolation. While denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance are common emotions when dealing with death, denial, anger, and acceptance are essential in connecting to Kafka and Camus’s ideas regarding individualism. Through their experiences relating to those three stages of death, the protagonists, Gregor Samsa and Meursault, are isolated from greater society and forced to acknowledge their individuality....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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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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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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Meursault’s Subconscious Mind in Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- In Part One of The Stranger, Albert Camus avoids religious confrontations with Meursault in order to subconsciously place blame on Christ for his criminal actions. Camus restricts Meursault’s relationships to further distance him from his mother. Meursault then alienates himself from the typical spiritual ceremonies and actions to demonstrate his distrust of religion. Simultaneously, Camus uses diction of clear and bright elements to characterize people in the novel, excluding Meursault. Camus associates dark colors with Meursault to depict a sadistic persona....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger]

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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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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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The Character of Meursault in The Stranger (The Outsider)

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

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The Caracter of Meursault in The Stranger (The Outsider)

- The Caracter of Meursault in The Stranger      Albert Camus' The Stranger is a startling novel at worst and a haunting classic at best. Camus presents a thrilling story of a man devoid of emotion, even regarding the most sensitive, personal matters. The main character, Meursault shows no feelings after the death of his mother, during his romantic relationship with Marie, or during his trial for the murder of an Arab. Meursault never shows feelings of love, regret, remorse, or sadness. It takes a great amount of skill to portray such a seemingly inhuman character as someone who is complex and multi-faceted like Meursault is....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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Camus' The Stranger: Meursault's Apathy

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

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How Does Meursault Become an Existentialist Hero?

- Meursault is the protagonist and narrator in Albert Camus' The Outsider, and at first notice, he is seen to be someone who is rather 'colourless', emitting a very boring and uninteresting aura. It is during his time spent in prison (convicted of a murder which wasn't cold-blooded, but rather one that was due to a chain of events) that he becomes an existentialist hero. Right from the start of the novel, Meursault is introduced to the reader as a person that is distant. For one, he doesn't even know the day his own mother died[1]....   [tags: Literature Review ]

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Bonds and Conflicts of Meursault

- The character of Meursault in Albert Camus's The Stranger is one of a complex nature who inadvertently becomes involved in the murder of an Arab and as a result is "thrown to the wolves" by his own peers for the reason that he will not conform to the idea of a politically correct citizen of their society. The novel opens with Meursault's mother passing away at an old people's home. When he tells his employer about his mother's death, he is concerned about the reaction he gets. He feels that the employer should feel sympathy for him but instead he feels angry....   [tags: Free Essays]

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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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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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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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The Unemotional Meursault in The Stranger by Albert Camus

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

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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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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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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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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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The Stranger and The Guest

- French author and playwright Albert Camus once said, “He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.” In the The Stranger and The Guest this philosophy is expanded on by demonstrating how those who do not conform to society are isolated, and portrayed as a threat to society because of their unique beliefs. The most prominent similarity among Daru and Meursault is that they are not able to accept the abstract morals of society, and prefer isolation....   [tags: Character Analysis, Daru, Meursault ]

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The Stranger and The Guest

- French playwright Albert Camus once said, “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” In The Stranger and The Guest the overarching theme that those who do not conform to typical societal values and do not adequately relate to others are appraised as a threat to society as a whole. In both works the protagonists isolate themselves, and society isolates them because of their non-conforming beliefs. Both Daru and Meursault are not able to accept the abstract ideals of society, and prefer isolation....   [tags: Character Analysis, Daru, Meursault ]

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

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

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

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

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The meaning of the suffering of Meursault from the angle of existentialist crisis

- Existentialism tends to focus on the question of human existence — the feeling that there is no purpose, indeed nothing, at the core of existence. The term itself suggests one major theme: the stress on concrete individual existence and, consequently, on subjectivity, individual freedom, and choice. Sartre did not believe in God, so there was no place for the essence of humanity to be before human existence. For Existentialists like Sartre, the absence of God has a much larger significance than the metaphysics of creation....   [tags: Existentialism]

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

- Meursault as Metaphysical Rebel in The Stranger (The Outsider)      The Stranger by Albert Camus was published in 1942. The setting of the novel is Algiers where Camus spent his youth in poverty. In many ways the main character, Meursault, is a typical Algerian youth. Like them, and like Camus himself, Meursault was in love with the sun and the sea. His life is devoted to appreciating physical sensations. He seems so devoid of emotion. Something in Meursault's character has appealed primarily to readers since the book's publication....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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

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

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Essay on Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider): Meursault’s Indifference

- Meursault’s Indifference in The Stranger (The Outsider)   The language in The Stranger (The Outsider) is strikingly simple. The sentences are molded to fit their function. They state what Meursault, the narrator believes. More importantly, their structure conveys Meursault’s feelings. His feelings are a prominent focal point of the novel. With all of the varying emotions and feelings he has throughout the story, there is one general term that can be applied to them all: indifferent. Meursault delights in simple pleasures, but never fully indulges himself into any of his endeavors....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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The Outsider

- Albert Camus states that “In our society any man who doesn’t cry at his mother’s funeral is liable to be condemned to death” (Camus, 18). In the book The Outsider, Meursault defies local convention by not showing the sadness that is expected of him at his mother’s funeral. Ultimately, his life is dependant on this very decision of whether or not to show emotion. In the society that Meursault lives in, one is expected to conform to their standards and social norms. Anyone who deviates from these norms is considered an outcast and destined to die at the hands of society....   [tags: Character Analysis, Meursault ]

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Victims of Society in The Outsider and Antigone

- Victims of Society in The Outsider and Antigone Both Meursault and Antigone are the protagonists in their stories. They have much in common, such as the fact that they explain their impending deaths as decided by fate, even though each seems to have an easy way of surviving. Both are willing to die for what they believe is right. The concept of fate is quite different between the texts. In Antigone, a Chorus tells you at the beginning of the play that Antigone will die. Antigone uses the excuse of fate to explain her own death to Creon, where as in The Outsider fate is much more subtle....   [tags: Meursault Antigone Literature Plays Essays]

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Mersault's Control Over his Actions in The Stranger

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

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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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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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Mersault, Antigone and Gregor as Outsiders

- Mersault, Antigone and Gregor as Outsiders In every society there is an outsider, a person who stands out amongst the crowd, someone who does not fit in with the norm. Most of the time it is obvious who the outsider in a group is, but sometimes it takes a deeper look into the personality and characteristics of a person to see the traits that make the person an Outsider....   [tags: Papers]

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Blurred Viewpoints

-   Walking into a room there are two people sitting on either side of you. To your right, sits a female who is dressed in all black and has multiple piercings and several tattoos. To your left is an average looking and plainly dressed middle aged man. At first glance in each of their directions whom would you suspect to be victim of circumstances and who would you believe to be a murderer. Understanding the scenario can give insight on how in the criminal justice system, appearances and actions contrary to social norms, in addition to prejudice, can influence court decisions and jury trials....   [tags: Mersault, prejudice, jury trial, criminal justice]

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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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Right and Wrong in the Stranger by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger, Albert Camus characterizes Meursault as a man who focuses on smaller aspects of his life rather than the big picture in order to create an inverted moral standard which makes Meursault an outsider in his own life. Meursault finds lying far more terrible than murder, yet he doesn’t judge people based on their previous actions. He helps a man commit an act of violence against a woman, and though he is an accomplice, he feels no guilt. However, Meursault pushes his emotions away, displacing them into a focus on smaller, more physical aspects of his life, such as noises and the weather....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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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

- 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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Eyes in the Stranger by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger, Albert Camus personifies eyes as a source of knowledge. Characters come upon knowledge through many different sources from touch to hearing. The knowledge gained through eyes can range from, self discovery to understanding events taking place. Eyes and knowledge all seem to be related to Meursault. Meursault’s ability to understand events and circumstances depends on his clarity of vision. Unlike other characters, Meursault’s eyes do not provide knowledge, thus leaving characters misunderstanding him....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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Counting Stars, by One Republic and Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- In a simple style of words and language, Camus masterfully molds a novel through the narrative of a single man: Meursault. Taking place in the 1940’s, his book, “The Stranger” written through the first-person narrative of its protagonist, Meursault, that allows the reader to fully understand his actions and character. Throughout his narrative, Meursault’s character develops from part one to part two, emerging from an indecisive person lacking emotions to an existential character who ultimately accepts his death....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger]

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The Insignificance of Women in Camus’ The Stranger

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

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Something to Live for: Life Itself

- "It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live" (Aurelius). For Monsieur Meursault, it is not until he faces death, that he truly begins to live. In The Stranger, Camus portrayed Meursault as a nihilistic man, devoid of concern for social norms that govern others. He was a character who had no beliefs, ideals, or morals; however as life progresses, Meursault changes in that he begins to recognize the importance of freedom, the significance of companionship, and the value of life, as seen during his imprisonment, his trial, and before he meets the chaplain....   [tags: Literature Review]

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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

- 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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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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Essay on Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider): Reader Response Criticism

- Reader Response Criticism to Camus’ The Stranger (The Outsider)         In The Stranger (The Outsider), Albert Camus anticipates an active reader that will react to his text. He wants the reader to form a changing, dynamic opinion of Meursault. The reader can create a consciousness for Meursault from the facts that Meursault reports. By using vague and ambiguous language, Camus stimulates the reader to explore all possibilities of meaning. Camus also intends to shock the reader into rereading passages....   [tags: Camus Stranger Essays]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Albert Camus’s novel The Stranger, Meursault the main character, narrates in the first person and thus, his perceptions are limited. The description of the other characters is entirely subjective, that is, he does not attempt to understand their thoughts and feelings. Meursault is detached from society which makes his descriptions of things going on around him removed. He also refuses to adhere to the accepted moral order of society and thus, society brands him an outsider. The internal world of his thoughts and the external world of he lives in both don’t retain any order....   [tags: The Stranger Essays]

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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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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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The Sun in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- From page fifty-eight to fifty-seven of Albert Camus’s The Stranger he uses the relentless Algerian sun as a motif for the awareness of reality that pursues the main character, Meursault, throughout the passage. When each motif appears in the novel such as this passage, Meursault’s actions change. This exemplifies that the light, heat, and sun trigger him to become debilitated or furious. Albert Camus sets up this motif in the passage to indicate to the reader that this motif shows the major themes of this novel....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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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 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 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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Nonconformity and Its Effects

- A nonconformist refers to a person who cannot abide by the established rules and values of society. Because he has a different set of standards, he perceives the world in a unique manner and consequently fails to accept the general population’s point of view. He is the one who walks the path most would be unwilling to take. One such individual is Meursault, the nonconforming protagonist in Albert Camus’s The Stranger. In this critically acclaimed novel, Camus carefully develops Meursault’s nonconformist character and explains how that personality causes a series of events that ultimately ends in Meursault’s death....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Outsider By Albert Camus

- In his novel The Outsider, Albert Camus portrays the philosophy of the absurd through his existentialist main character, Meursault. ~theory of absurdism~ Camus develops Meursault not as a traditional hero, but rather as an absurd one to encourage the idea of being abnormal from normal society. Detached and apathetic, Meursault is unable to identify with people and his environment. His indifferent attitude towards the world results in his label of an ‘outsider’ to society. Meursault does not wish for another fate, but accepts his upcoming death and does nothing about it....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Absurdism]

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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 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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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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Sun Related Elements and The Existentialist Philosophy in The Outsider

- From the first few sentences of Albert Camus’ The Outsider, the protagonist, Meursault, is characterized as an amoral man. He is seemingly indifferent to the death of his own mother, despite the fact that societal principles would suggest he be deeply emotionally affected. His thoughts are instead centered upon the sun, which in return dictates his actions. In the novel, the sun is a representation of the societal weight which urges individuals to conform to norms. The presence of the sun indicates the stages of the development of Meursault’s belief in existentialism....   [tags: Absolute Freedom, Societal Pressure]

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Death in American Literature

- Death may come in many forms. Plus, with each of its forms, it comes in different settings. In the novel The Stranger, by Albert Camus, death appears in many ways to a peculiar man living in Algiers. He has a normal job and a normal home. He is normal for the most part, except the way he thinks. That is what affects the way people deal with death. In Night, by Elie Wiesel, Elie must handle death in vast amounts. He has found himself in a concentration camp during World War II. Elie has become one of the approximately nine million people, mostly of Jewish culture, that have been placed in death camps as a part of Adolf Hitler’s plan to exterminate the Jewish people....   [tags: albert camus, kurtz, wiesel]

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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 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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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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