The Outsider: Meursault Refuses to Meet Society's Expectations. for This He Is Judged.

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For a society to thrive, it is crucial for its people to recognise and abide by its rules, both the written and unspoken. Albert Camus picks at this common knowledge in his novella ‘The Outsider’ when he uses character Meursault to challenge readers with the influence of absurdism. Put simply, Meursault is an absurdist not guided by morality, but rather by his own integrity. His perverse acts, most of which leave many aghast, are acts which are considerably unacceptable or punishable in society; the lack of grief in his mother’s death, the inability to assess his own feelings towards the woman he “doesn’t mind” marrying, and even killing an Arab which he had very feeble personal association with. But during the prosecution, rather than looking at why Meursault murdered the Arab, he is being trialled for not meeting society’s expectations when he refuses to answer moderately when asked why he committed the crime. “On the day of mother’s funeral I was very tired and sleepy. So I wasn’t fully aware of what was going on.” These are the words of a tired man after a long bus ride to his mother’s funeral, not one who had stayed up grieving. Clearly Meursault has not yet grasped the idea of what the normalities of human society are, because when asked by his lawyer if he could say that he’d controlled his natural feelings that day, Meursault gave a “No, because it’s not true.” After hearing this the lawyer found him “…slightly disgusting” Still unaware of the stir his words could create in light of the law, Meursault “pointed out to him that none of this had anything to do with my case, but he merely replied that I obviously never had anything to do with the law.” Even the lawyer himself has implied that even the courts too would suggest now that Meursault is a nihilistic man of obscenities who simply refuses to conform into their ‘righteous’ society. That his abilities to

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