In the novel The StrangerMeursault is an existentialist. What seems to be the only thing motivating Meursault in his daily life? How does this affect his relationship with other characters in the...

In the novel The Stranger Meursault is an existentialist. What seems to be the only thing motivating Meursault in his daily life? How does this affect his relationship with other characters in the novel? 

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As an existentialist, Meursault believes that life is inherently meaningless, and so all that's left is for the individual to impose meaning on his or her life through the free choices that they make. By most people's standards, Meursault makes some incredibly bad choices in life. But the point is that Meursault rejects society's norms and conventions and so doesn't think that there are such things as good and bad choices, only choices which have certain consequences.

If Meursault is motivated by anything, it's by the urge to impose himself on others around him, living out a life of radical freedom in which everyone else exists to serve his needs. Paradoxically, Meursault's untrammeled pursuit of individual freedom depends on the existence of others. They are mere objects; as such, they can be exploited for Meursault's own selfish desires. Inevitably, such an exploitative attitude can only have a negative impact on those around him. Meursault's girlfriend, Marie, no less than the Arab...

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