Albert Camus, born in 1913 was a mastermind in writing French literature. He influenced the minds of a great deal of people by giving the world significant literature including books as The Stranger, The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus, A happy death and many more. The one that I will be discussing in this paper is the book named, “The Stranger”. The story started with Meursault’s mother’s death. It was a fascinating start with a crucial piece of information with a good attempt of engaging audience. There would have been a huge transition in the story if the story had started with the trial which in terms of the protagonist, would have led to more curiosity among the readers and left them captivated about the final verdict of the jury.
In the book Camus mentioned, “I was questioned several times immediately after my arrest.” (Camus,40) If the author had started the book with this dialogue, the tone of the book would have been more intriguing. Considering the substantiality of the dialogue, it not only makes it a powerful introductory sentence but also creates interest among the readers as what would happen next in the story. “MOTHER did today. Or maybe yesterday. I can’t be sure.” (Camus, 4) The opening sentence is simply a giveaway for Meursault’s mother’s death unfolding the characteristics of his stone-hearted personality. This causes the tone and setting of the novel to be flat and makes the characters uninteresting. Alternatively, the novel should’ve started by providing a short introduction of Meursault’s past life which made him the person he is today. This is evidenced by the fact that he has no regret or shame for murdering an individual.
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...e of the novel. It would start with an optimistic tone and would have led to how two people who were in love got separated due to Meursault’s death, ending in a pessimist tone. It reflects how important it is to structure the layout of the novel in order to stabilize the tone and maintain the motive of the novel.
The book mainly talks about the trial and how Meursault’s personality became the reason of his death. As an alternative to introducing the readers from the letter, the author could have come up with something that opens up with a court case. It would’ve had a great impact on the tone and setting of the book. In my opinion, the setting of the book should have started with the trial, the murder by Meursault and then the reason behind it. This setting would have helped the fans to visualize the protagonist and re-create those images much better.
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