11/27/12 P. 07
11/27/12 P. 07
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The discussion we had was based on The Stranger by Albert Camus. In the discussion, I noticed a lot of similarities between Camus and Mersault. The first question that led the discussion asked about the biographical, historical, and social perspective of the story, but what was not exactly in the text itself. The second question leading the discussion asked about how love, death, and survival played in the story itself and in the author. The third question asked to name characters that had a role based on following cultural traditions.
Throughout this discussion, I saw more and more similarities between Camus and Mersault. For example, they both have very jaded views on love. Mersault treats Marie very poorly regardless of her genuinely, kind attitude. Camus went through three divorces. One of which was to a drug addict who cheated on him and he cheated on her. The connection between Camus and Mersault is obvious.
The biography of Camus was also very similar to how Mersault’s character. Camus believed that the Arabs and the French should coexist. People are people. Even though Mersault shoots an Arab, he still feels united with the Arabs in prison. That’s proof that he really did not pay attention to the fact that they were Arabs. They were just people in his eyes.
Throughout the story there are many acts of oppression. As a feminist, earth-friendly, open-minded female, I noticed the oppression women faced during the 1970s. As I previously stated, Marie was a very genuine person. Mersault, however, did not treat her the same way in return. Despite Mersault’s crude behavior, Marie still stayed with him. She even went to court with him. In addition to that, she dealt with the criticism that outsiders gave her for sleeping with a man who was not her husband. This is something a lot of women did during that time period because women and men were not...