The Stranger, Meursault’s Philosophy

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Albert Camus’s novel The Stranger is an exploration of the absurdist philosophy. The story protagonist Meursault is a man who lives his life fully in the philosophy that the universe is random and indifferent. Meursault lives his life completely detached from his emotions and focuses purely on the physical side of life. Through a series of events Meursault finds himself involved in an altercation between his neighbor Raymond and some Arabs, and ends up shooting one of the Arab men. Meursault then finds himself on trial for murder and loses, mostly due to his unnatural behavior. All of the events in the story seem to happen to Meursault, rather than Meursault creating the events themselves. His carelessness are what get him pushed into these situations and he does little to encourage or stop them. Meursualt lives his life indifferent and unattached. Mersault’s view of the world is a purely physical one and sees no reasoning to the nature of the universe. The most noticeable characteristic of Meursault’s way of life is his complete indifference to the people and things around him. The reader sees that Meursault has no true reaction both externally and internally to the many key points in the story. The readers are introduced to this part of Meursault’s character within the first line of the story. Meursault discusses the death of his mom in a very factual manner and sets tone for the rest of Meursault’s reactions to the other events that occur. When Raymond asserts that he and Meursault are friends, the reader sees that Meursault does not seem to care either way and accepts it quite apathetically. Meursault presents his thoughts in short simple sentences. His curt observations never show any depth or further thought of what is going on around him. Camus presents Meursaults thoughts in this way in order to furthering the idea that he does not care much for what is

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