Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The simple answer is we do not know. But irrespective of whether or not Meursault does have a capacity for love, there is little doubt that he does not display much in the way of loving behavior toward anyone, at least not in the conventional sense. Meursault shows all the signs of being a sociopath, and those afflicted with this personality disorder tend not to be the most loving of individuals.

Later on in the story, Meursault finds himself on trial for his flouting of established social conventions as much as for the Arab's murder. The prosecutor presents Meursault's relationship with his girlfriend Marie as...

(The entire section contains 326 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team