Discuss the style that Camus uses in The Stranger. Discuss two specific moments, words, phrases, or sentences that shock or upset or intrigue. Explain the impact. How does the style change in the...
Discuss the style that Camus uses in The Stranger. Discuss two specific moments, words, phrases, or sentences that shock or upset or intrigue. Explain the impact. How does the style change in the second half of the book?
Since the answer below already gives a sense of style in the first half of the book, I thought I’d address style in the second half of the book. While in the first half, Meursault’s matter-of-fact, clipped diction reflect his inner state—apathy—by the second half of the book, and especially toward the end, Meursault’s short, tough sentences suddenly become long, excited, flowery ones. I believe that Meursault, considering his own mortality in the concrete as opposed to the in the abstract (he may have believed that life was meaningless before if death only brings nothingness; yet, jailed for murder and faced with a death sentence, he must confront this notion in real life), finally feels something for the first time. Thus, we see glimpses of Meursault—as exhibited in a change in his style—which we never saw before. One example is his appreciation of a glimpse of the evening sky through his cell:
I was lying down and could mark the summer evening coming on by a soft golden...
(The entire section contains 2 answers and 1,042 words.)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial