He obviously was never close to her, due to his lack of wanting to visit her. He describes visiting her as a strenuous task. She is almost like a random person in his mind. The rest home director describes Meursault behavior the day of the funeral, “… I hadn’t wanted to see Maman, that I hadn’t cried once, and that left right after the funeral without paying my last respect at her grave”(89). A man who loved his mother would have cried a little bit at her funeral.
From the time that Raymond is first introduced, the reader sees that he is involved in numerous illegal activities, but is left to wonder why Meursault would agree to be ‘pals’ with him. One comes to realize that Meursault really does not care how others lead their lives. Raymond casually admits that he beats his girlfriend and asks Meursault what he thinks about the situation to which he responds just as casually, “…I didn’t think anything, but that it was interesting”(30). Meursault does not judge those who lead bad lives because he is a stranger to remorse and forethought alike and sees no reason that anyone else should be acquainted with them either. By being a corrupt
This is mainly presented through the character of Giovanni who symbolises the common people and is used by Fo to relate to the audience and make them reflect upon themselves. Throughout my study of the play it has become obvious that Giovanni is presented as a naive character, he has strong morals and refuses to break them. But these morals are useless when he himself is being stolen from. He refuses to steal but the government steals from him and when he finally realises that the government is corrupt he has already been screwed over. Fo presents the idea that being honest with a dishonest government gets you nowhere but broke.
Catcher in the Rye: Journal Assignment Throughout the novel, Holden uses his isolation from society as a form of protection. He feels as if he is excluded from society, has no purpose in life and is constantly trying to find meaning for his existence. As the novel progresses, readers see that Holden uses his sense of superiority as a way to cover up his insecurities. Holden feels that because he is better than everyone else, there is no reason to interact with them. However, even though Holden acts emotionless he does have feelings but expresses them differently.
Rather than behave in accordance with social norms, Meursault tries to live as honestly as he can, doing what he wants to do and befriending those whom he likes. He also refuses to simulate feelings that he does not possess, and thus he does not force himself to cry at his mother's funeral or to mourn her death too deeply. A series of events leads to the climactic moment when Meursault haphazardly murders an Arab on the beach. The subsequent trial condemns him not so much for the murder as for his lack of commitment to the unspoken rules of society. Most of the philosophical content of the novel comes near the end, where Meursault sits in his cell awaiting his execution, and particularly in a heated exchange between Meursault and the prison chaplain who tries to convert him to Christianity.
It leads to a lot of confusion when he talks to a great number of the people he encounters throughout his journey to find Wellington’s killer. The first notable instance of this is when he cannot empathize with the fact that his father finds Christopher’s “detecting” unacceptable and possibly harmful to the family. However, this characteristic is integral to the story and its development because if he’d understood that nobody wanted him to snoop around there would have been no substance to the novel – it would have ended right away once his father told him to stop investigating. This also really ties in with the fact that Christopher requires order in his life. This characteristic causes him many difficulties in such a chaotic world.
People are obsessed with fitting in the social mainstream that they become afraid of change and are challenged by genuine emotion. The weeping man doesn’t want or need anything from his society. “The weeping man, like the earth requires nothing”. However although the society is isolated from the weeping man, the onlookers get a choice. The facelessness of modern society means there is less fear of judgement and the consequences of judgement, than in the society such as Salem in the Crucible.
Ramsay is a gentle and thoughtful man who believes in both fate and free will. At the beginning of the novel, Ramsay experiences an emotional crisis, being unfamiliar with every single side of his own character. However, considering that Ramsay does believe into living by his own rules, he is not afraid to review and expand his beliefs. He stands up for Mary Dempster against the villagers in Deptford, and, apparently, does not accept his mother’s view of Mrs. Dempster even at the price of losing his mother forever. This event proves that Dunstan is the type of a person who would rather follow his own mind and heart then go along with the mob mentality.
The Outsider: Theme When one does not follow society’s expectations, he or she can be judged negatively by others is a theme in The Outsider. In the novel, Meursault is judged by society because of his response to circumstances around him. Meursault is sentenced to death because society cannot accept his behaviour and his actions. His detachment from the outside world and his actions were what caused Meursault’s execution. Meursault’s detached personality is first shown when he showed no emotion at his mother’s funeral and how he did not know his mother’s age: “I [Meursault] hadn’t wanted to see mother, hadn’t cried once and I’d left straight after the funeral without paying my respects at her grave.” (86).
His feeling of family loyalty is based on disloyalty to others. To achieve this dream Joe has given up all sense of morality; his deceit is so natural that at times you almost believe him. That's what makes him practical; he'll do anything to insure that the illusion is untouched by the lies, but in the end he can't pull it off. The play introduces questions that involve an individual's obligation to society and personal responsibility. As the play continues, Miller creates a sense of normality using several different techniques, including: the use of setting, stage directions and dramatic tension between characters; which kept the audience captured in the