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In The Stranger by Camus, how is Meursault a stranger to himself, to society, and to his environment?

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Meursalt is a rather emotionless man, secluded from society and the eyes who might judge him. That being said, it may not be easy to argue that Meursalt is a stranger to himself and his environment. He actually seems pretty in touch with himself throughout the story, and knows exactly what he wants to say and how he feels. His environment allows him to hide out, away from the judging eyes of society. However, Meursalt as a stranger from society is a different story.

Society sees Meursalt as strange and detached, someone who doesn't really understand the way the world works. He is stony, amoral, and cold. In the beginning of the story, when Meursalt attends his mother's funeral, he seems almost indifferent to it. To a world where emotions are powerful and people form sentimental bonds to objects and other people, Meursalt is certainly a stranger. Also, after he kills the man at the beach, a judge brings up religion while interrogating him, and Meursalt places no importance on it. In a...

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