An analysis of the contents in the stranger by albert camus
Neither he, nor the reader, appreciates the significance of each nail in the coffin before it is too late. Part One is full of mostly insignificant days in the life of Meursault, an insignificant man, until he commits a murder; Part Two is an attempt, in a courtroom, to judge not only Meursault's crime but also to judge his life.
The stranger themes
Shall we also condemn him? He does not think much about events or their consequences, nor does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times. And besides Camus' showing us Meursault's physical responses to living, as opposed to his feelings about death, he is preparing us for the climax of Part One: Meursault's murder of the Arab. Meursault is adamant in his rejection of any transcendental ideologies, and accepts his death sentence in both the judicial and existential sense. A lifetime is only so long and can end very suddenly. Meursault, on full acknowledgement of the absurd, commits to an authentic existence, and the pathos that this entails. Meursault rarely shows any feeling when in situations which would, for most people, elicit strong emotions. Only I can try to determine my significance. His aloofness, though, may not have saved him from suffering.
His aloofness, though, may not have saved him from suffering. There are individuals who, because of different or strange behavior, might be outcasts of society, but find, in spite of or because of their unconventional behavior, that there are some people who want to be a part of their lives.
Meursault is shunned by society for upholding their ideals to an extent that they themselves cannot; there is complete congruence between his emotions, thoughts, and acts, which is unpalatable to those who fall short of these standards. Only I can try to determine my significance.
He simply is, and is content with that.
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