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In "The Stranger," Meursault is never given a first name, an age, or any...

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walford | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 25, 2008 at 4:49 PM via web

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In "The Stranger," Meursault is never given a first name, an age, or any physically defining features. What is the reason for this?

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reidalot | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 25, 2008 at 9:29 PM (Answer #1)

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Since Meursault is representative of an existentialist existance, his name, his age, his features make no difference. It is a hollow world in which he functions drowned out by the glaring sun and his inability to feel defining emotions. He is, in fact, a modern everyman, the product of a life which has long lost meaning and any chance of salvation. Meuersault is drawn up in a chain of events where there is no meaning and nothing makes sense. Examine the title of this novel; Meursault, is indeed, The Stranger.To give him more of an identity would negate Camus' purpose in this work.

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