The Stranger Essay

363 WordsMar 21, 20092 Pages
Meursault in Albert Camus novel The Stranger seems to be emotionless. Meursaults’ an indifferent man who sees no reason to things in his life. We know he has some feelings but towards a woman who he sees no reason to marry. He doesn’t want to upset people he is close to so if they ask him for help weather it be a good or bad choice he helps them. The reader can feel sympathy for Meursault but not in the sense of his mother’s death, or the crimes he has committed. Sympathy for how he came to be this way. Upon hearing the news about his mother there was no sorrow, he does not mourn, he simply says “Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know.” With that he goes to her wake and funeral, as showing he care, to make sure that he doesn’t look bad at his mothers’ home. Meursault delights in simple pleasures, but never fully indulges himself into any of his endeavors. He is always reserved, taciturn, lacking an abundance of emotion. The only passionate surge that emanates from his mind and body comes in the form of his encounter with the Chaplain in his cell. Meursault is unaware of the meaninglessness of human existence, yet it ensigns his actions, the only real and true things are his physical experiences, thus, he kills the Arab man as his response to the sun's physical effects upon him, as he moves toward his challenger on the brightly over-lighted beach. In itself, his killing of the Arab man is pointless, merely another event that happens to Meursault. The episode's significance is in his forced introspection about his life and its meaning while contemplating his mischievous ending of death by reserved execution; only in formal trial and death does he acknowledge his mortality and responsibility for his own life. With Meursaults’ views of well there is no reason not to do this and does it shows how his morality is esqued. One

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