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Albert Camus and The Absurd

- The Stranger, by Albert Camus, is the story of Meursault, a man who cares not for the future, nor the past. He lives without meaning, without rationality, without emotions. On one fateful day at the beach, Meursault shoots and kills an Arab, leading to a chain of events that causes his death. Throughout the judicial process, Albert Camus criticizes the society he lives in and the values it holds. The Stranger is the definitive work on Camus' own thoughts, and the basis of title as the Professor of the Absurd....   [tags: Albert Camus]

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The Sun in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- From page fifty-eight to fifty-seven of Albert Camus’s The Stranger he uses the relentless Algerian sun as a motif for the awareness of reality that pursues the main character, Meursault, throughout the passage. When each motif appears in the novel such as this passage, Meursault’s actions change. This exemplifies that the light, heat, and sun trigger him to become debilitated or furious. Albert Camus sets up this motif in the passage to indicate to the reader that this motif shows the major themes of this novel....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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Mortality in the Stranger by Albert Camus

- Everyone will die. Meursault’s awareness of death contributes to his nonchalant attitude toward every death he witness or must endure in The Stranger. Death fails to upset Meursault. In The Stranger, Albert Camus emphasizes mortality in order to expose the ignorance humanity has towards the inevitable or unknown end. Camus’s emphasis on time accentuates Meursault’s indifference. This indifference reveals that death occurs inevitably, regardless of time. The first thought that the audience reads, “Maman died today....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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Eyes in the Stranger by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger, Albert Camus personifies eyes as a source of knowledge. Characters come upon knowledge through many different sources from touch to hearing. The knowledge gained through eyes can range from, self discovery to understanding events taking place. Eyes and knowledge all seem to be related to Meursault. Meursault’s ability to understand events and circumstances depends on his clarity of vision. Unlike other characters, Meursault’s eyes do not provide knowledge, thus leaving characters misunderstanding him....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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The Absurd in Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- Empathy makes us human yet not all humans are emphatic, In Albert Camus’ The Stranger a suspiciously apathetic man named Meursault comes to light as a criminal. However Meursault perpetrated a crime of passion, is that not absurd for a negligent man. In a simple view of Meursault life and philosophies the remission of human feelings is evident, and slightly frightening. In the stranger most of the events in the main characters life require an emotional effect, the death of his mother, the engagement to a beautiful woman who loved him deeply, befriending a criminal, and most shockingly the act of homicide....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger ]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- ... Throughout the dinner scene, Camus simultaneously develops the characters of both Raymond and Meursault through dialogue. We see the tactics that Raymond uses to persuade Meursault into making decisions that ultimately threaten Meursault’s life. In this scene, we witness Raymond explaining his recent fight with a man. “’So you see, I wasn’t the one who started it. He was asking for it.’ It was true and I agree” (29). Through the description of the fight, we learn about Raymond’s concerning aggressive personality and lack of responsibility....   [tags: Albert Camus, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- Albert Camus, born in 1913 was a mastermind in writing French literature. He influenced the minds of a great deal of people by giving the world significant literature including books as The Stranger, The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus, A happy death and many more. The one that I will be discussing in this paper is the book named, “The Stranger”. The story started with Meursault’s mother’s death. It was a fascinating start with a crucial piece of information with a good attempt of engaging audience....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger, Character]

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The Stranger, by Albert Camus

- How do you understand a stranger. How do you judge their actions. In Albert Camus’s existentialist text, The Stranger, the protagonist is a stranger to all but himself and because of his character, society finds Meursault guilty of being an incomprehensible and dangerous alien. The court that judges Meursault ignorantly sentences him to death. However, the first person perspective narrative allows the reader a glimpse into his mind, giving them a chance to understand his character and the actions that inevitably leads him to the guillotine....   [tags: literary analysis, albert camus]

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`` Nostalgia For Unity `` By Albert Camus

- ... People feel like they aren’t important or significant in the world if they feel like they have no meaning. People who are content and feel like they have purpose in this world don’t have the discomfort of feeling like they don’t belong which allows them to live comfortably and makes them feel accepted. The only truths that remain constant are the desire for unity, clarity, and reason. Camus also believes that “all thought is anthropomorphic”. He states, “Understanding the world for a man is reducing it to the human, stamping it with his seal....   [tags: Absurdism, The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus]

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The Stranger, Albert Camus

- “Between my straw mattress and the bed planks, I had actually found an old scrap of newspaper, yellow and transparent, half-stuck to the canvas. On it was a news story, the first part of which was missing, but which must have taken place in Czechoslovakia. A man had left a Czech village to seek his fortune. Twenty-five years later, and now rich, he had returned with a wife and a child. His mother was running a hotel with his sister in the village where he’d been born. In order to surprise them, he had left his wife and child at another hotel and gone to see his mother, who didn’t recognize him when he walked in....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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The Outsider And The Guest By Albert Camus

- Humans have the freedom to think, feel, say and act however they want. However, this freedom is constrained by societal norms. In other words, the power to condone (or not) our thoughts, feelings, words and actions lies within the hands of society. Although humans are constrained by the rules society have set, there are a select few who choose to defy it. In both The Outsider and The Guest, Albert Camus portrays the paradoxical struggle against the inescapability of human judgement, and ultimately the condemnation of the individuals who chooses to differ from the norm....   [tags: Sociology, Individualism, Albert Camus, Mores]

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The Fall By Albert Camus

- The Fall by Albert Camus Do we live in an imperfect world or just a world full of human flaws. In The Fall, by Noble Prize Winner Albert Camus, it gives readers a glimpse into how citizens have the desire to discover the meaning of life. Camus asserts existentialism in the book and asks the question of do you have a purpose in life. Camus expresses the philosophy of the absurd, which means that all men are guilty of something, whether it is by our actions or inactions. The crimes we fail to stop, are just as bad as committing the crimes ourselves....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Albert Camus]

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The Plague By Albert Camus

- The Plague by Albert Camus takes place in an Algerian city known as Oran. Rats that are infected with a vicious disease known as “the plague” invade the city and nearly wipe out half of the population. This disease takes a toll on the citizens of Oran, which make them turn on each other and for some, they question the existence of God. Religion plays a huge roll in The Plague and Camus speaks through his characters and incorporates his views on religion. Camus uses Father Paneloux, the priest in the city, to argue whether or not God is the reason for this chaos....   [tags: Albert Camus, Absurdism, The Plague, God]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- Meursault is condemned to die by guillotine and Sisyphus is given the burden of having to do an eternity of hard labor, yet in both of these tragic situations they both live without illusions. Thus both men come to light with the realities and truths of their lives and can now be truly happy. In the essay “the Myth of Sisyphus “and the philosophical fiction novel The Stranger by Albert Camus the existentialist idea is that human life is meant to have futile suffering in it and people should not end their lives because of this abyss of pain; but embrace the life that is given, that once the absurdity is identified it is then that one can be elated and content with their lives....   [tags: Absurdism, Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- ... This causes the caretaker and the reader to understand that he is not like the average person. “It occurred to me that anyway one more Sunday was over that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed. (pg. 24)” This shows that Meursault was isolated from his mother before and after her death. This is why nothing had changed. Not long after that, we learn that Meursault does not pursue isolation, it is just usually the path with the least amount of problems for him....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger, Feeling, Emotion]

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Meursault's Indifference in The Stranger, by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger, Albert Camus allows the main character to tell the story in order to give the reader an experience of his own. Obviously, with a novel also comes language, which Camus incorporates cleverly as a way to indirectly illustrate Meursault’s thoughts about certain situations. Although the novel represents a postmodern setting, the author shifts the overall meaning. In The Stranger, Camus applies a unique literary style as a power that deflects blame from Meursault, the antiheroic character....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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Right and Wrong in the Stranger by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger, Albert Camus characterizes Meursault as a man who focuses on smaller aspects of his life rather than the big picture in order to create an inverted moral standard which makes Meursault an outsider in his own life. Meursault finds lying far more terrible than murder, yet he doesn’t judge people based on their previous actions. He helps a man commit an act of violence against a woman, and though he is an accomplice, he feels no guilt. However, Meursault pushes his emotions away, displacing them into a focus on smaller, more physical aspects of his life, such as noises and the weather....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- In a world where there is no purpose, many worry about following others and fitting the profile of what others want. In the novel The Stranger, written by Albert Camus in 1942, Meursault battles with this very lifestyle. Meursault is a common man who recently lost his mother, he then shows no sadness on the surface. Meursault starts off scared of what others think of him. As he tries to find his purpose in a world where there is not one, he realizes he must stray from the group. Through the development of Meursault, Camus demonstrates the philosophy of absurdism to show how true faith allows people to find purpose....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Albert Camus, Anxiety]

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Meursault’s Subconscious Mind in Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- In Part One of The Stranger, Albert Camus avoids religious confrontations with Meursault in order to subconsciously place blame on Christ for his criminal actions. Camus restricts Meursault’s relationships to further distance him from his mother. Meursault then alienates himself from the typical spiritual ceremonies and actions to demonstrate his distrust of religion. Simultaneously, Camus uses diction of clear and bright elements to characterize people in the novel, excluding Meursault. Camus associates dark colors with Meursault to depict a sadistic persona....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger]

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The Hero of Albert Camus' The Guest

- The Hero of Albert Camus' The Guest Although some have called Albert Camus an existentialist, he never consented to the label. Still, he saw many things the way an existentialist sees them. Camus talks of humanity’s aloneness in the universe and their complete freedom and responsibility for their own lives, themes he pulls together with his idea of the absurd. Camus’ story The Guest powerfully expresses his thought on these prevailing ideas by his story and descriptions of an open landscape and solitary schoolhouse....   [tags: Albert Camus The Guest]

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Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus

- Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus' essay, 'The Myth Of Sisyphus' is an insightful analysis of the classic work, 'The Myth Of Sisyphus'. In some regards Camus' view of Sisyphus can seem quite accurate and in tune with the original text, but based on Camus' interpretation of the justness of Sisyphus' punishment, it is clear that the writer has some different ideas as well. Camus concludes that this punishment does not have the effect the Gods had intended, and ultimately the tragic hero must be seen as being 'happy'....   [tags: Papers Albert Camus Sisyphus]

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Existentialism and Albert Camus' The Plague

- Existentialism and The Plague    In the mid 1940s, a man by the name of Albert Camus began to write a story. This story he called La Pesté. Written in French, the novel became extremely popular and has since been translated numerous times into many languages. This story has been read over and over, yet it tells more than it seems to. This story tells the tale of a city gripped by a deadly disease. This is true enough, but this is not what the novel is about. The Plague can be read as an allegory of World War II, of the French Resistance against German Occupation....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]

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The Schoolmaster in Albert Camus's The Guest

- In Albert Camus's "The Guest," an idealistic schoolmaster, Daru, is forced to make many unsettling decisions when ordered to deliver an Arab prisoner to higher authorities in Tinguit. From the beginning, after the prisoner is transferred into his custody, Daru chooses to treat him as a guest rather than a prisoner. Also, Daru decides not to cast judgment on the Arab for the crime of killing his cousin. Lastly, Daru chooses not to play God and assume the awesome responsibility of deciding another man's fate....   [tags: The Guest by Albert Camus]

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Albert Camus' Philosophy in The Plague

- Albert Camus' Philosophy in The Plague To know ourselves diseased is half our cure. - Alexander Pope As the title clearly suggests, the novel The Plague is, indeed, a story of disease. On the surface, the novel The Plague, may be an accounting of facts detailing the outbreak of bubonic plague in the town of Oran. But on a deeper level, it is a novel that reveals awareness and acceptance of the limits of human existence. And it is also a reminder of our absurd freedom and the choices we make in life, especially when facing death....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]

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The Contemporary Relevance of Albert Camus

- The Contemporary Relevance of Albert Camus ABSTRACT: After 350 years of continual social transformations under the push of industrialization, capitalism, world-wide social revolutions, and the development of modern science, what reasonably remains of the traditional faith in divine transcendence and providential design except a deep-felt, almost 'ontological' yearning for transcendence. Torn between outmoded religious traditions and an ascendant secular world, the contemporary celebration of individuality only makes more poignant the need for precisely that religious consolation that public life increasingly denies....   [tags: Albert Camus Essays]

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Indifference in Albert Camus' The Stranger

- Indifference in Albert Camus' The Stranger In Albert Camus novel, The Stranger (The Outsider), the main character Meursault displays a unique indifference to his surroundings and the world around him. It takes him a degree of time to come to terms with his indifference, but when he does he feels truly free from society's constricting bonds. He leads an apathetic lifestyle that is characterized by his constant lack of a definitive personality. Meursault wanders through life as if in a drunken stupor, living the life of a pleasure seeker....   [tags: Albert Camus The Outsider]

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Counting Stars, by One Republic and Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- In a simple style of words and language, Camus masterfully molds a novel through the narrative of a single man: Meursault. Taking place in the 1940’s, his book, “The Stranger” written through the first-person narrative of its protagonist, Meursault, that allows the reader to fully understand his actions and character. Throughout his narrative, Meursault’s character develops from part one to part two, emerging from an indecisive person lacking emotions to an existential character who ultimately accepts his death....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger]

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Understanding Albert Camus' The Plague

- Understanding The Plague The Plague, written by Albert Camus, is a triumph of literary craft. Camus created a commentary on the way humans react to trying situations and circumstances in his fictional city of Oran in North Africa. The reader is presented with Oran as a city of several hundred thousand people. All of whom seem to take life for granted. The people of Oran ar constantly driven by business or money and only stop for life's finer pleasures on the weekends. A fairly accurate parallel to today's world....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]

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The Stranger, by Albert Camus

- The Stranger, by Albert Camus, begins with Meursault receiving a telegram informing him of his mother's death. He attends the funeral and shows no remorse during it, but he complains about how hot it is. After returning, he goes on a date with Marie Cardona, a former co-worker, and has a sexual relationship with her. The day after he encounters an alleged pimp, Raymond Sintes. Raymond asks Meursault to write a letter to lure his mistress back so he can torment her after he found out she was cheating on him....   [tags: Albert Camus Stranger Analysis]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Many people often base their opinions on a person by judging his whole life in general and his attitude towards life without caring about who the person really is deep down inside. This unfair reasoning can occur in the courtroom when people are put on trial and the judge and the jury must delve into the life of the accused and determine if he is a hazard to society. Occasionally, the judge and jury are too concerned with the accused’s past that they become too biased and give an unfair conviction and sentencing....   [tags: Albert Camus Stranger]

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The Grief of Existentialist in Albert Camus’s Work of Fiction, "The Stranger"

- Albert Camus’s work of fiction, The Stranger, explores the life of a French man known as Meursault after his mother dies of old age. Meursault does not feel grief for his mothers death as he believes that doing so is pointless since he, as well as Camus himself, is an atheist and an existentialist. As such, he doesn’t concern himself with traditional emotions and beliefs and is instead only concerned with the physical world around him and his physical interactions with it. This is best exemplified when comparing the novels opening paragraph, “Maman died today....   [tags: Albert Camus, Stranger, Grief, Existentialism, ]

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Finding Meaning in Albert Camus’ The Plague

- Finding Meaning in Albert Camus’ The Plague Socrates, a Greek philosopher, once said that “the unexamined life is not worth living” (Apology 38b). Like Socrates, Albert Camus believed that a man needs to live meaningfully. In his novel The Plague Camus creates characters who are forced to think, reflect, and assume responsibility for living as they battle an epidemic of bubonic plague that is ravaging the Algerian port of Oran. For ten months as the outbreak isolates the city from the rest of the world, each of the citizens reacts in a unique way....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]

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Inexperienced Minds in Albert Camus' The Plague

- Inexperienced Minds in The Plague   The town itself, let us admit, is ugly. These are the words of Dr. Bernard Rieux, the narrator of Albert Camus The Plague. His accurate, unexaggerated descriptions of a town’s sufferings, bring the novel to life. The town of Oran becomes afflicted with a plague, and Rieux, the town doctor, watches the town quickly die away. He joins forces with Jean Tarrou, Raymond Rambert, Joseph Grand, and Father Paneloux, hoping to defeat the unbeatable enemy. The quarantined town ultimately defeats the disease, but not before incredible losses are suffered....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger, Albert Camus portrays Meursault, the book's narrator and main character, detached, and unemotional. He does not think much about events or their consequences, or does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times. He displays emotionless throughout the book in his reactions to the people and events in the book. After his mother's death he sheds no tears he seems to show no emotion. He displays limited feelings for his girlfriend, Marie Cardona, and shows no remorse at all for killing an Arab....   [tags: Camus Albert Stranger]

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Power of the Mind Revealed in Albert Camus' The Guest

- Power of the Mind Revealed in Albert Camus' “The Guest” In “The Guest”, a short story written by Albert Camus, Camus uses his views on existentialism to define the characters’ values. Camus’ effective use of descriptive words and individual thoughts and actions allows the reader to understand and sympathize with the characters’ judgments of one another, predominantly pertaining to the characters Daru and the Arab. Daru’s responses to the Arab and his decisions, Camus’ description of the Arab, and the Arab’s respect for Daru, prove that there is a basic goodness in humans, allowing them to accept responsibility and consequences for their acts of free will....   [tags: Albert Camus The Guest]

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Anarchism in Albert Camus' Short Story, The Guest

- Anarchism in Albert Camus' Short Story, "The Guest" [[ "The Guest" is a small story which can usually be found in a compilation of Camus' works or in a World Literature anthology. Here, I have used the translation of "The Guest" found in the Norton Anthology of World Literature, 5th Edition. Since this is a critical essay on a particular story, it assumes that the reader has read the story. I do not believe that it will be nonsensical if you have not read "The Guest" yet, but I do encourage you to read the story so the ideas I put forth can be understood better in their context....   [tags: Albert Camus The Guest]

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Futility of Human Existence Exposed in The Guest by Albert Camus

- “He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool” (Wyatt). As this quote by Albert Camus suggests, he was not a very optimistic writer. His gloomy look on life itself can be seen all too clearly in “The Guest”. The story itself deals with Camus’s idea of the futility of human existence: the only rational thing anyone can expect is death. Camus’s underlying philosophy is revealed from the very beginning of the story. The French title, “L’hote”, translates to mean both “guest” and “host” simultaneously, which implies that the mutually respectful relationship between the main characters in the story should be applied to mankind everywhere....   [tags: The Guest Albert Camus]

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Is Meursault Heroic in Albert Camus' The Stranger?

- Is Meursault Heroic in The Outsider.     When Meursault is described to us in the early stages of "The Outsider" we see that he does not obey society's codes therefore is it fair for us to assess him using societies interpretation of "heroic".   If we are to judge him by them then we are given ample examples throughout the novel of his having no compassion or even of his thinking of the consequences of his actions, hardly heroic, but the converse is also demonstrated in many places.  An example of the former is when Raymond asks Meursault to "draft" a letter to an Arab prostitute.  Meursault knows what will result from his actions but seems unemotional and views the let...   [tags: Albert Camus, The Outsider]

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The Outsider by Albert Camus

- The Outsider by Albert Camus BACKGROUND: ‘In our society,’ wrote Albert Camus, ‘any man who doesn’t cry at his mother’s funeral is liable to be condemned to death.’ This may seem a bewilderingly dramatic, almost self-indulgent sort of assertion, but it is one which Camus brought to life in The Outsider, and to frankly devastating effect. The Outsider has become something of a cult classic over the years, especially in undergraduate circles. It inspired The Cure’s ‘Killing an Arab’, a song which attracted a degree of controversy when it was (wrongly) assumed to advocate racial violence....   [tags: Outsider Camus Literature Analysis]

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Albert Camus

- Albert Camus was born on November 7th, 1913 in Mondovi, Algeria, a town fifteen and a half miles south of Annaba, the second child of Lucien Auguste and Catherine Helene Sintes. They were a French family settling in French Algeria, referred to as Pied Noir. His father worked as a foreman at a vineyard earning a minimal salary and also served in the military. Catherine was a Spanish woman. She was also partially deaf because of a stroke that damaged her speech for good. Albert Camus only had one brother, Lucien, named after their father....   [tags: camus biography]

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A Stranger in the Sun by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger, author Albert Camus involves the sun throughout the novel in order to display mans vulnerability. He presents the sun as a powerful, unfortunate influence on main character, Meursault and describes him as a simple minded, easily influenced, mellow individual. The Main influence in Meursaults’ life is the sun. Meursault is bothered by it however he does not make much of an attempt to stop or ignore it. He simply permits the suns heat, accepting it and affirms his personality. Becoming vulnerable is basic however with a more vigorous charisma, persuasion can be avoided....   [tags: Analysis, Symbolism]

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Absurdism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- ... Also at the time of the funeral, the caretaker approached him and asked if he “would you like to see [his] mother one last time?’” (Camus 13), an offer he chose to decline. This developing indifference in Meursault’s character is what the reader is presented with as the book starts off. This excerpt from the novel shows his overall attitude towards the death of his mother, not wanting to see her for the last time before she is gone forever, which leads the reader to question the personality of this man....   [tags: personal relationships, family, relations]

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Existentialism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- In The Stranger by Albert Camus there are many points where Camus’s personal beliefs in existentialism are found. Camus showed his existentialistic beliefs by using his characters to make social commentaries on multiple different social institution, including marriage, time, and society itself. Camus uses all of his characters to show his social commentaries with specific characters going to show what existentialists believe are bad qualities of social institutions. Some of the social institutions that are shown in this novel are marriage, time, and the idea of a group of people forming a society altogether....   [tags: Marie, Raymond, Perez, and Meursault]

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The Stranger a Novel by Albert Camus

- ... society is aghast that he has not observed what is considered a proper mourning period for his mother. Part 1 also shows his involvement with his neighbor Raymond Sintes, who is a pimp. Raymond is vindictive, he has beaten up his girlfriend for cheating on him, but he is not satisfied, he wants further satisfaction. He has Mersault write a harsh letter to her for him. This results in a second confrontation in which Raymond beats her brutally. Mersault agrees to testify for Raymond that the confrontation was provoked by the girl....   [tags: mersault, philosophy of the absurd]

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Analysis of The Guest by Albert Camus

- Sometimes reading fiction not only makes us pleasure but also brings many knowledge about history and philosophy of life. ‘The Guest’ by the French writer Albert Camus is a short story and reflects the political situation in French North Africa in 1950s. According to this story, we know the issues between the France and the Arab in Algeria, and the protagonist, Daru, refuses to take sides in the colonial conflict in Algeria. This is not a boring story, because Camus uses a suspenseful way to show the character, conflicts and symbol and irony....   [tags: North Africa, Politics, Algeria]

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The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus

- In Nichomeachean Ethics, Aristotle attempts to define happiness, which brings forth many other questions that lead to the ultimate question: What is the meaning of life. While all of Aristotle’s ideas are both interesting and important, I’ll only mention those that are relevant to the character analysis. Similar to flow; optimal experience, Aristotle draws a fine line between activities or goals that are either means, ends, or both means and ends while claiming that the ultimate end is that which is the means is an end in itself....   [tags: Nichomeachean Ethics]

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Existentialism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Originally released in French, The Stranger by Albert Camus (published in 1942) follows the story of Meursault whom is a French man living in Algeria prior to the 2nd World War and gives his own unique perspective of the events between when he receives a telegram stating that his mother had recently pass away to when he is executed for the murder of a man only referred to as “The Arab” whom he had shot. Meursault had an interesting outlook on life and it is unclear why he feels the way he does but his tone is constantly detached, plain, and at times subtly ironic....   [tags: Dettachment, Reality]

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Albert Camus ' Theory Of Suicide

- Part One: Albert Camus’ theory of suicide as an existentialist reconceptualization provides insights on mental illness and the threat of suicide. This theory proposes, that anyone who has committed suicide or attempted suicide, results in the error that is related to mental disorder and irrationality (Roberts 2014:874). This theory, helps better understand the contribution of mental illness and suicide. Camus offers that there are many causes to suicide but the reasons we think to be the most general or obvious were not the ones that were most compelling (Roberts 2014:875)....   [tags: Suicide, Meaning of life, Mental disorder]

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The Myth Of Sisyphus, By Albert Camus

- ... People are not born with the idea that they need material belongings, or what mankind refers to as wealth, to be happy; rather, this is learned behavior, picked up from elders before them. Thoughts such as this corrupt people. If there is no goal or reward at the end of a life, there shouldn’t be a reason people collectively try for more than just basic survival. Simple, that’s where religion comes in. People created religion and gods and heavens and nirvana’s because they are afraid that all they undertake in is for nothing....   [tags: Existentialism, Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett]

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Love in Albert Camus´ The Stranger

- ... She never fails to attest to what she wants “Then she said she wondered if she loved me, and there was no way I could know about that…Then we went for a walk through the main streets to the other end of town” Marie did not want Meursault to simply love her, she just assumed that asking was the best way to assert her feelings. What she wanted was to test if Meursault wanted to stay with her, for all that mattered to her was that Meursault was by her side (Camus 42). Marie does not need to have that binding verbal contract with Meursault about love, because she knows that if Meursault did not have strong feelings for her, he would never have stayed with her for this long of a time....   [tags: strength, desire, confidence, needs]

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The Nonconformist: Albert Camus's The Stranger

- In the past and in today’s society, people are told how to live based on different influences found in their surrounding environment. Different ethnicity have distinct believes on the meaning of life and have unique traditions. In the novel, The Stranger, Meursault is the only character who is daring and does not conform to the ideas or practices of the French-Algerian society; even though he was constantly being pressured to change his absurd views. The protagonist in the novel, The Stranger, refusal to conform to societal ideas hinders his ability to become accepted into it, however allows him to live an honest and worthwhile life....   [tags: French Algeria, Social Morals]

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The Stranger Written By Albert Camus

- The book that I was assigned to read is called The Stranger written by Albert Camus. The plot of this story involved a man in his late twenties or early thirties. The main character in the book is Meursault. In the beginning of the novel, Meursault is notified that his mother had passed away in the nursing home that shelived in. Meursault’s could not afford to take care of his mother any longer; therefore, he put her in a nursing home. Meursault took off of work and went to the nursing home where she passed away to pay his respects and attend the funeral ceremonies....   [tags: Psychology, Emotion, Love, Feeling]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Albert Camus, a philosopher and writer, creates the character of Meursault in The Stranger to embody the journey towards absurdism. In the novel, the reader observes as Meursault attends his mother’s funeral, meets a woman, shoots a man, and receives the death sentence. Camus characterizes Meursault by his reactions to the construction of the plot. In understanding the mentality of Meursault, the reader comes to understand the mentality of an absurdist. Because the characterization of Meursault exemplifies Camus’s ideas on the absurdist life, the study of Camus’s manipulation of the plot in The Stranger is the key to understanding Camus’s underlying motivation of elucidating absurdism....   [tags: Characterization, Plot Manipulation, Absurdism]

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Richard Taylor And Albert Camus

- Several philosophers have made differing viewpoints regarding the outlook of life. Richard Taylor and Albert Camus are notably known for presenting their thoughts on whether life is meaningless or not through the use of the Greek myth of Sisyphus. The two philosopher’s underlying statement on the meaning of life is understood through the myth. The myth discusses the eternal punishment of Sisyphus who was condemned by the Gods to take a large boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down, forcing him to repeat this task endlessly....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, The Myth of Sisyphus]

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The Plague by Albert Camus

- Running Out of Time Time is only running out, and it is one of the most vital and overlooked qualities of life. Albert Camus highlights the theme of time in his 1947 novel, The Plague. Through the use of allegory and point of view, Camus substantiates that when people are not aware of time and its advancing, they are wasting the precious and limited time of their lives. He constantly establishes that the amount of consciousness obtained by a person is the difference between spending time wisely and foolishly....   [tags: absurdism, imprisonment]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- In his novel The Stranger, Albert Camus expresses the dimensions to his philosophy of the absurd. The novel illustrates the events that eventually led a man named Meursault to transcend to absurdism and accept the idea that human life has no redeeming meaning or purpose. Camus argues that the only certain thing is the inevitability of death and realizing that all humans eventually meet death, he claims that all lives are meaningless. Though Meursault isolates himself with society, it isn’t until his conversation with the chaplain that he comes toward this realization....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The novel The Stranger was written by Albert Camus in 1942. The story is an example of how Camus perceives the world with his views. Camus’s views are that moral actions do not have any justification. Camus is considered an existentialist which means that he didn’t believe life had a specific meaning. Many of his beliefs are seen in this novel, as well as his other works. His beliefs began to form during his experience of World War II and after the terrors of the war; many other people believed that the human existence had no meaning....   [tags: the morals of Meursault]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The Word existence comes from the Latin root “ex” out, and sistere from stare, which means to stand (rise up). Existentialism literally means pertaining to existence or in logic, predicating existence. Philosophically existentialism applies to a vision of the condition and existence or lack of one, with God. According to Kierkegaard, Christian existentialism is all meaning and serenity which comes through one’s relationship with God by putting our selves in his hands and finding freedom from tensions and discontent and also praying to him in order to be bless and find peace within our selves....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- The Stranger, by Albert Camus, depicts a man who is going through life with an existential viewpoint on things that he does. The protagonist, Meursault, insists on going through life as if nothing in his life matters at all, and the point of his existence continues to escape him on many different levels. Through the death of his mother; the relationship with Maria, and the killing of an Arab; Meursault still finds that the meaning of his life escapes him. While many people believe that Camus uses symbolism with the weather and various other devices, I believe he uses a different approach....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Absurdism, Life]

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The Fall, By Albert Camus

- ... Most of his actions are to elevate his self-image and require there be a guaranteed appraisal. Camus states, "When I would leave a blind man on the sidewalk to which I had conveyed him, I used to tip my hat to him. Obviously the hat tipping wasn 't intended for him, since he couldn’t see it. To whom was it addressed. To the public" (Camus 38). The majority of the times when a good deed occurs, the intention of a greater self-image isn’t what commonly motivates someone to partake in this type of a favor....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Suicide]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Albert Camus has his own toolbox of literary devices when it comes to accentuating the theme of The Stranger, one of them being his unique sense and use of secondary characters. Whether major or minor, every character in the book serves a purpose, and corroborates the theme in some form of fashion. Camus describes his secondary characters as foiling Meursault in one aspect or another, and thus, shining light on Meursault’s characteristics. Whether through close connections like familial relationships (Maman) and friendships (Salamano, Raymond, and Marie), or through bonds as distant as people he briefly converses with (Chaplain), or even so much as complete strangers (Perez and unidentified...   [tags: Secondary Characters, Character Analysis]

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The Outsider By Albert Camus

- In his novel The Outsider, Albert Camus portrays the philosophy of the absurd through his existentialist main character, Meursault. ~theory of absurdism~ Camus develops Meursault not as a traditional hero, but rather as an absurd one to encourage the idea of being abnormal from normal society. Detached and apathetic, Meursault is unable to identify with people and his environment. His indifferent attitude towards the world results in his label of an ‘outsider’ to society. Meursault does not wish for another fate, but accepts his upcoming death and does nothing about it....   [tags: Meaning of life, Existentialism, Absurdism]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- Ethics and morals generally provide guidance to people’s lives as they tend to live accordingly. For the most part, that guidance is integrated into people through one 's experience, knowledge, and wisdom. Without both it would be nearly impossible for a human being to commit consistent and rational decisions with their lives. In the novel, The Stranger by Albert Camus, people witness the life of an absurdist, Meursault. Throughout Meursault’s life, he receives constant judgement for most of his actions; although, they could go either way as moral or immoral....   [tags: Ethics, Morality, Absurdism, Human]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Albert Camus’s novel The Stranger, Meursault the main character, narrates in the first person and thus, his perceptions are limited. The description of the other characters is entirely subjective, that is, he does not attempt to understand their thoughts and feelings. Meursault is detached from society which makes his descriptions of things going on around him removed. He also refuses to adhere to the accepted moral order of society and thus, society brands him an outsider. The internal world of his thoughts and the external world of he lives in both don’t retain any order....   [tags: The Stranger Essays]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- What is one man to judge another. Either monarch or peasant, can any mortal really say whether someone is right or wrong in his ways. Man will always try to play God, and with justice we give it our best shot when we compile all of our brightest minds together to create laws and make verdicts. Even with these laws, the human race’s best attempt at justice, the French Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus was still unimpressed. With his 1942 novella The Stranger, Camus shows readers why men judging other men is not justice....   [tags: Human, Cell, Law, Stem cell]

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The Stranger, by Albert Camus

- In many works of literature a character conquers great obstacles to achieve a worthy goal. Sometimes the obstacles are personal impediment, at other times it consists of the attitude and beliefs of others. In the book The Stranger by Albert Camus, shows the character Meursault who is an emotionless character that let’s other people show their opinions and emotions into him giving him a type of feeling even if Meursault doesn’t care. Meursault contains occasion of his emotional indifference between his friends and social indifference....   [tags: The Stranger Essays]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- In Albert Camus ' The Stranger, Meursault, a detached young man, floats through his life without any emotion. Meursault 's first name is never given in the novel. It does not matter; Meursault 's name, age, his physical characteristics - none of these things matter. Meursault lives in a hollow, empty world, with no set beginning and no defined end. Nothing for him exists in this life and he feels nothing. Meursault demonstrates traits of a sociopath; having a lack of conscience and containing a personality disorder manifesting itself in his extreme antisocial attitudes....   [tags: Antisocial personality disorder, Psychopathy]

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The Outsider By Albert Camus

- ... His cold uncaring nature keeps him aloof from society. He has no reason for his lack of feeling for his mother’s passing, instead he worries about borrowing clothes from someone for the funeral than the actual circumstance of the death that took place. To most people a funeral is an emotional trauma, but in Meursault’s case his concern was borrowing clothes in attendance for this mother’s funeral because if he were to spend money on a new suit, it would be worthless since he would use it once....   [tags: Emotion, Feeling, Love, Life]

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The Stranger By Albert Camus

- ... During the funeral she tells him the metaphor that “there was no way out”(18), no matter what Meursault did there was no way out.This is a main concept of Absurdism and is what starts to drive Meursault 's thinking throughout the novel. Meursault’s relationship with Marie brings up conflict ideas with the Absurd. For the first part of the novel he has “pretty much gotten used to her”(44) and is happy with how things are.This part exist in the Absurd because there current relationship is non-emotional....   [tags: Meaning of life, Absurdism, Existentialism]

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

- The Stranger by Albert Camus The book that I read was called The Stranger written by Albert Camus. The book is globally famous and was translated to many different languages and texts. The original was called L’Étranger which was written in French in 1942. The plot of this story involved a man in his late twenties or early thirties. The man's name is Meursault. In the beginning of the novel, Meursault is notified that his mother had passed away in the nursing home that he occupied her to. Meursault’s income could not afford to take care of his mother any longer; therefore, he put her in a nursing home....   [tags: Book Report Camus Stranger]

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Albert Camus' The Outsider

- Albert Camus’s novel The Outsider is a fictional narrative that presents strong philosophical themes such as the irrationality of the universe and meaningless of human life. Throughout the novel it is clear that the narrator and protagonist – a young man named Meursault – is the only character that is able to understand and appreciate these ideas or philosophical truths. It is for this reason that he is an outsider. Accordingly, other social groups, including women, are represented as shallow as they constantly attempt to identify or create rational structure and meaning in their lives – Camus’s notion of absurdity....   [tags: fictional narrative, themes, lietrary analysis]

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Albert Camus and His Views on Existentialism

- Albert Camus is considered one of the greatest existentialist writers of all time. However, although he was considered an existentialist writer, Camus never labeled himself as an existentialist. “No, I am not an existentialist”  (Albert Camus: Lyrical and Critical Essays, Vintage (1970)) Camus rejected in an 1945 interview, however in some of his literary works, some find that his writings are one of a true existentialistic thinker. Although many contrast these thoughts and believe that Camus was anything but a thinker of this philosophy, Camus is one of the main authors that people turn to research and read to understand the thinking of existentialism....   [tags: Existentialist Writer]

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Albert Camus's Essay: The Myth of Sisyphus

- In the essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus attempts to give answers to some tough questions. He wants to know if life is worth living or how we can make it worth living, as well as whether or not it is possible to live with certainty. To him, the absurd man realizes that life is absurd after his expectations are repeatedly contradicted and he realizes the world is an unreasonable place that cannot be explained. These unreasonable expectations of certainty ultimately cause many absurd men to think that life is not worth living when they are faced with what they feel is a hopeless situation....   [tags: existencialism, philosphical analysis]

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Albert Camus and his Idea of Religion

- Albert Camus was an existentialist. He was also not a religious person and even though he was born and raised a Catholic; he soon quit his religious faith and turned into an atheist, believing that religion was “philosophical suicide”. He described his attitude toward religion in the lines “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.” Yet, it is seen that even though he denied being an existentialist, he is seen to have ‘brooded over such questions as the meaning of life in the face of death.’ “Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by...   [tags: religion, atheism, the ousider, god]

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Albert Camus’ Concept of Absurdity and Happiness

- Introduction In the midst of the problems of the world, no one can deny that human suffering is inevitable, since it has been presented throughout the history of mankind. That life is absurd, indeed as Albert Camus asserts. Since how can one really find meaning in life if we live in a senseless world. Fortunately, three possibilities were presented, that man can choose in order to be released from human suffering. First would be suicide, which is also considered as one of the most serious philosophical problem, since suicide becomes an option for some by ending their life to be released from their sufferings....   [tags: Post Modern Period]

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The Absurd in F Albert Camus' The Outsider.

- Recognizing hopelessness in this human condition, man discovers his kingdom in this world. True, this world is a temporary kingdom, one which he will eventually loss, yet this is the only world possible for him. This knowledge sets off in him in a terrible feeling of frustration, one that leads to a passionate commitment to life and all that it can offer. Consequently it brings about an equally passionate rebellion against death and everything that may justify it. The absurd as a human condition is dramatized in the experiences of one man in the stranger....   [tags: Hopelessness, Absurditty]

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The Importance of Religion in The Stranger by Albert Camus

- Oxford Dictionaries defines religion as the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Religion is important in life because it not only gives humanity order, but it also gives people a reason for life. Without religion, perhaps society would be one big pile of corrupt, evil, and selfish human beings. This is something that Meursault struggles with the concept of religion the entire novel because he has a strong belief in the truth, which opens up a wide spread of issues....   [tags: God, morality, death]

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Rebellion And Civil Disobedience By Albert Camus

- ... During the protest the kids under Carl’s leadership riot and vandalize the school parking lot. The next morning, Carl together with other teen board a bus for their ride to the juvenile detention center. The children’s uprising against the adults in Kaplan’s film can be categorized as an act of rebellion rather than civil disobedience. As Camus explains, “… the movement of rebellion is founded simultaneously on the categorical rejection of an intrusion that is considered intolerable and on the confused conviction of an absolute right …”(Camus 13)....   [tags: Nonviolence, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi]

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The Character of Meursault in The Outsider, by Albert Camus

- Meursault had an indifferent, nonchalant demeanour. The setting of the novel prevails in Algiers after the invasion of the French. Since the novel was written post World War I, the political tension and fear in the society is vividly visible. Meursault was drastically different from the narrow minded people who alienated him. Since the society had been colonized by the French, it was vulnerable, destabilized and wary of threats, Meursault was unaccepted by them. Meursault, the protagonist and narrator is a stoic and detached figure....   [tags: The Outsider Essays]

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Moral Dilemmas Of The Stranger By Albert Camus

- ... Meursault also acts without realizing the repercussions of any of his actions. It can be seen through his conversations with the people around him that whenever he is asked a question, Meursault shows a complete disregard for the feelings of anyone else, and is brutally honest with people because of his social ineptness. Rather than telling people what they would want to hear, as an act to give the best impression of himself on others, Meursault says whatever is on his mind which commonly results in strange reactions from the “normal” people he is in conversation with....   [tags: Murder, Capital punishment, Crime, Psychopathy]

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