Important Passage Of The Stranger By Albert Camus

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“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.” –Page 3, Part 1. This is the opening passage of the novel and shows the indifference of Meursault, a character trait that is common throughout the book. In this passage the reader also learns of Meursault’s outlook on life and people. This scene is of Meursault receiving a telegram stating that his mother died, but he isn’t sure when. He shows no remorse over his mother dying, just notices the detail that he doesn’t know when she died. This indifference to the fact that his mother died could mean that he doesn’t care about his mother and that he believes that the human life is meaningless. The idea that human life is meaningless is a theme that is common in the novel. In the passage it embodies that Meursault is detached from society and is different from other people. He does not show any sadness over his mother being dead. This is later seen when he is at the vigil and he does not open the casket to see his mother one last time, which in that time period was perceived as something only a cold, heartless monster would do Later in the novel he shows no remorse over killing the Arab just like he showed no remorse over his mother. During the trial the fact that that Meursault was different from the rest of society is used, something that was evident to the reader since the beginning of the book. He is found guilty not because he killed an Arab but because he was seen as a monster for being so apathetic and going out with a girl after his mother died. The opening passage sets the tone for the rest of the novel with its indifference at the

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