During the first major event shown in his life, Meursault shows his total lack of emotion coping with his mother’s death (pages 3-14). Meursault more or less appears very annoyed at the inconvenience of his mother passing when and where she did. He fails to really grasp the concept and ultimate fate that death brings to all of us. “The woman kept on crying… I wish I didn’t have to listen to her anymore,” (page 10) Meursault showed an incredible annoyance for the woman who was grieving over his own mother’s loss. Even if a distant family member dies, most people are at the very least struck with a slight bit of sadness or even bitterness. Meursault was only struck with annoyance and inconvenience that people would mourn for his mother and that she would die the way she did. To show no form of mourning is very strange, even if they were not close in life. Camus uses symbolically the passing of a family member to show that the point of life is not family and friends.
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...ets this viewpoint, he is happy. Camus brilliantly shows that the true meaning of life under the existential viewpoint is that life is indeed meaningless.
Camus truly and accurately captured what life means to a person who does not devote themselves to any form of higher power. Without the devotion to a higher power, any action that is done is indeed meaningless. Under existentialism, life is indeed meaningless and nothing one does will ultimately matter to anyone.
Through the use of various forms of symbolism, Camus shows that the true meaning of life is revealed when one faces their own death. Death of loved ones, marriage, and even taking the life of others do not hold the key to our existence. Under the existential philosophy, there is no real point to our existence. Albert Camus did a masterful job of showing the meaning of life under existential philosophy.
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