In The Stranger, is Meursault a threat to society?

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Since Meursault shows all of the characteristics of a textbook sociopath, it can indeed be said that he is a threat to society. He acts without remorse or guilt, and sometimes even without reason. In a society that operates and creates its laws largely based upon the assumption that everyone will operate on a certain moral standard, even if that standard is negative, this is certainly a dangerous thing. Meursault is a force of apathy and is defined by his unwillingness to take part in the emotional or spiritual side of the human experience. His emotions are completely blunted, and even when this evidence is being used against him, he does not attempt to disguise himself.

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Merusault is a threat to society because he is capable of killing a man but having no reason for doing so. He claims to be a rational man in an irrational word. Meursault is everything that society is not. He doesn't mourn for his mother; he doesn't show any emotion and that frightens people. 

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