Compare and contrast the living and the dead in Camus' The Stranger.
[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. Additional questions must be posted separately.]
In Camus' story, The Stranger, there are two dead people. The first is Meursault's mother, who he buries at the start of the story, and the Arab who, by strange circumstance, Meursault kills. Meursault and his mother had little to say to one another when she lived; he put her in a home because he could not care for her. He does not visit her. Then one day he receives a telegram that she has died, and that he should travel to the home for the funeral. His mother had a few acquaintances there, a dear friend, and a "boyfriend" she used to walk with.
The other dead person is the Arab. We know little about him. Meursault knows Raymond casually. Raymond beats up his cheating girlfriend, and her brother (the Arab) comes to fight Raymond. Several days later, visiting the beach, there is another altercation. Raymond is wounded and returns to kill the Arab, but Meursault...
(The entire section contains 549 words.)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial