In The Stranger, how does death symbolize both modernism and absurdism?

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In Camus's The Stranger, the main character witnesses death firsthand and grapples with the meaning of life. He confronts his own existence and the distance he feels from other people, and he slowly spirals out of control.

In this work, death is related directly to the concepts of modernism and absurdism through how Meursault deals with the philosophy of life in the story. Modernism is a philosophy that breaks from traditional views of religion and morality, and absurdism is the belief that life and existence are inherently meaningless. Meursault comes to the realization in the novel that there is no point to the actions we take in this life, because, ultimately, we all die and decay. His despair laments the impermanence of human existence and mourns his belief that there is nothing after death, even for the morally superior. As a result, Meursault realizes there is nothing to be gained but to pursue pleasure and contribute to the chaos of life.

Death is a representation of this because...

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