How does part one of The Stranger exemplify the absurd?
Part I of The Stranger presents the first of three deaths: Meurault's mother's. Meursault has no connection or role in her death, unlike the death of the Arab in Part II and his own execution in Part III. Therefore, death is seen by Meursault in an external, detached, and absurd way. As critic Alan Gullette says:
Death marks all things equal, and equally absurd . And death itself is absurd in the sense that reason or the rational mind cannot deal with it: it is a foregone conclusion, yet it remains an unrealized possibility until some indeterminate future time. The "meaning" of death is not rational but, again, is existential – its implications are to be found not in abstraction but in the actuality of one's life, the...
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