Albert Camus Essays

  • Albert Camus

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    Albert Camus was born on November 7th, 1913 in Mondovi, Algeria, a town fifteen and a half miles south of Annaba, the second child of Lucien Auguste and Catherine Helene Sintes. They were a French family settling in French Algeria, referred to as Pied Noir. His father worked as a foreman at a vineyard earning a minimal salary and also served in the military. Catherine was a Spanish woman. She was also partially deaf because of a stroke that damaged her speech for good. Albert Camus only had one brother

  • Albert Camus and The Absurd

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    The Stranger, by Albert Camus, is the story of Meursault, a man who cares not for the future, nor the past. He lives without meaning, without rationality, without emotions. On one fateful day at the beach, Meursault shoots and kills an Arab, leading to a chain of events that causes his death. Throughout the judicial process, Albert Camus criticizes the society he lives in and the values it holds. The Stranger is the definitive work on Camus' own thoughts, and the basis of title as the Professor of

  • Albert Camus And Existentialism

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    When French Noble Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher, Albert Camus, died in 1960 at the age of 46 his literary works that incorporated ideas of existentialism and absurdism were still studied and interpreted by scholars and his colleagues. Existentialism was one of the two philosophies Camus believed in and used in his works; existentialism is philosophical movement that focuses on the importance of the individual experience and self responsibility. The individual is seen as a free

  • Albert Camus The Stranger

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    point when Albert Camus' novel, The Stranger, was first distributed in 1942, numerous readers did not comprehend what to consider Meursault, the morally separated character of Camus' novel. His absurdist confused the people around him and made them question his meaningless actions throughout the book. It was not just the characters who did not comprehend Meursault very well, it was the readers also. The characters in Camus' novel didn’t seem to understand Meursault’s reasoning. Camus titled this

  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

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    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

  • Existentialism In Albert Camus

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    of fact. It is “This paradoxical situation, then, between our impulse to ask ultimate questions and the impossibility of achieving any adequate answer, is what Camus calls the absurd.” Existentialism essentially deals with the absurd which had been “cultural movement that flourished in Europe in the 1940s and 1950s.” and besides Albert Camus there was other Philosophers who adopted such ideas like “Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, and Martin Buber in Germany, Jean Wahl and Gabriel Marcel in France,

  • The Plague by Albert Camus

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    life. Albert Camus highlights the theme of time in his 1947 novel, The Plague. Through the use of allegory and point of view, Camus substantiates that when people are not aware of time and its advancing, they are wasting the precious and limited time of their lives. He constantly establishes that the amount of consciousness obtained by a person is the difference between spending time wisely and foolishly. In order to fully utilize it, people need to be aware of time and its passing. Camus uses point

  • Albert Camus Foil

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    Albert Camus, a know existentialist and world renowned author used his gift of writing to express his ideas. Resulting in a culmination of his beliefs into one book called The Plague. Within the book, there is one chapter that supersedes all of the other chapters in sharing Camus beliefs. Chapter fifteen is filled with Camus worldview woven in perfectly with his artistic style and techniques. Through this chapter, Camus obliterates religion, gives man a purpose, redefines wisdom resulting in a transvaluation

  • The Stranger, Albert Camus

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    On the one hand it wasn’t very likely. On the other, it was perfectly natural. Anyway, I thought the traveler pretty much deserved what he got and that you should never play games.” (Camus 79-80.) Within The Stranger, Albert Camus implements a passage concerning the story of the Czechoslovakian man. Camus employs this passage not only to foreshadow Meursault’s final fate, but also to emphasize Meursault’s antihero status by creating foils between Meursault and the Czechoslovakian man. The

  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

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    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

  • Bibliographie: Albert Camus '

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    Bibliographie Albert Camus est né le sept Novembre 1913 en Drean, Algérie. Sa famille, qui faisait partie des pieds noirs, était pauvre. Il a perdu son père durant la Première Guerre Mondiale en 1914. Camus a fait ses études à l’Université d’Alger. Il a commencé à jouer au football et il était le gardien de but de son école. C’est en ce moment-là qu’Albert Camus a découvert son affection pour la philosophie. En 1930, il est diagnostiqué d’avoir contracté la tuberculose. Apres cette mauvaise nouvelle

  • Albert Camus' The Outsider

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    Albert Camus’s novel The Outsider is a fictional narrative that presents strong philosophical themes such as the irrationality of the universe and meaningless of human life. Throughout the novel it is clear that the narrator and protagonist – a young man named Meursault – is the only character that is able to understand and appreciate these ideas or philosophical truths. It is for this reason that he is an outsider. Accordingly, other social groups, including women, are represented as shallow as

  • The Outsider By Albert Camus

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    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

  • The Plague by Albert Camus

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    The Plague by Albert Camus Albert Camus' The Plague, takes place in the desert town of Oran, Algeria, in northern Africa. It is the perfect setting for this story to take place. The ordinariness of Oran is contrasted with the extraordinary business of the plague. Sprintzen points out that "There is a mythic significance of Oran. Given the previous description of the quality of Oranian life, the selection of Oran as the location for the outbreak of plague should not come as a surprise"(Sprintzen

  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

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    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

  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

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    Albert Camus has his own toolbox of literary devices when it comes to accentuating the theme of The Stranger, one of them being his unique sense and use of secondary characters. Whether major or minor, every character in the book serves a purpose, and corroborates the theme in some form of fashion. Camus describes his secondary characters as foiling Meursault in one aspect or another, and thus, shining light on Meursault’s characteristics. Whether through close connections like familial relationships

  • Albert Camus The Plague

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    chronicles life during “194-“(Camus 1) in northern Algeria while the bubonic plague was spreading. As well, in this novel Camus refers to other historical events, the holocaust being one, in which he mentions the cremation of bodies, and the way they were disposed of in piles. The other is the French occupation of Algeria in which he talks about the injustice the people had suffered in this time. In Albert Camus’ The Plague, power and the abuse of power are a dominant theme, Camus, through this novel shows

  • The Stranger By Albert Camus

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    The Stranger is a 1942 novel by French author Albert Camus. Its plot and theme reflect Camus’s ideas on existentialism through the main character’s course of action. The novel is set in Algeria of 1942 under French rule. The Stranger set off with one of the greatest opening line in modern literature : “Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure.” Almost instantly, the author catches the readers’ attention. Meursault, our main character who is working in a shipping company receives the

  • Albert Camus

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    Albert Camus is one of the most renowned authors in the twentieth century. With works such as Caligula, The Stranger, Nuptials, and The Plague, he has impacted the world of literature to a great extent. This great success was not just "given" to him "on a silver platter" however. He endured many hardships and was plagued with great illness in his short life. Camus is a great role model and idol for us all. 	Camus was born into poverty on November 2, 1913 in Mondovi, Algeria (a former French colony

  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

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    the life of the accused and determine if he is a hazard to society. Occasionally, the judge and jury are too concerned with the accused’s past that they become too biased and give an unfair conviction and sentencing. In his novel, The Stranger, Albert Camus uses the courtroom as a symbol to represent society that judges the main character, Meursalt, unfairly to illustrate how society forms opinions based on one’s past. Meursalt faces a jury and a tough prosecutor when he is on trial, and they all