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The final line of the book is meant to show that Meursault has now fully accepted his outsider status. Throughout the novel, Meursault has been at odds with society. He is indifferent towards just...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021, 12:42 pm (UTC)

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One of the main themes of The Stranger is the importance of living an authentic life in the midst of an absurd, meaningless universe, irrespective of the consequences. Meursault is very much an...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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The short answer is that there is no reason behind Meursault killing the Arab man. Meursault is not acting in self-defense, since he is not afraid, even when the Arab man takes a knife out. He is...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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In The Stranger, the relationship between Salamano and his dog is analogous to both the relationships between Mersault and his mother and between Raymond and his Arab girlfriend. The dog reminds...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2010, 10:03 am (UTC)

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In The Stranger, Albert Camus presents life in an absurdist light. Absurdism holds that life is meaningless and that the universe, rather than being benevolent or hostile, is indifferent to human...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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To give a first name to Meursault would signify admitting that he is, in fact, someone who has a defined identity. Even as an absurdist character, Meursault does not unite the characteristics that...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2015, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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The title is significant on a number of levels. Meursault, the book's protagonist, is the eponymous stranger—a stranger to himself, to his family, to his country, and to anyone with whom he comes...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020, 10:37 am (UTC)

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Though Mersault doesn't explicitly tell the reader the title of his position, he does infer that he works in an office building in Algiers, most likely a shipping yard, that "overlooks the sea." In...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2019, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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Monsieur Meursault's tone is generally dispassionate, unemotional, impassive, unperturbed and self-possessed. Examples that support these adjectives include the novel's opening lines: Mother died...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018, 5:12 pm (UTC)

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In The Stranger, the sun is a symbol of the indifference of the universe toward humanity. While it is common in literature and the arts to present the sun as a benevolent force that brings life to...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021, 12:03 pm (UTC)

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If we define alienation as the state of being estranged or separated from a group to which one belongs, there are many examples of Meursault's alienation from the society that surrounds him. In the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2017, 10:09 pm (UTC)

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Albert Camus' novel The Stranger, a masterwork of crime fiction first published in 1942, is set in Algiers, Algeria on the eve of World War II. This was a pivotal time for France, which had not...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020, 1:23 am (UTC)

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If this question is regarding Meursault's killing of the Arab man on the beach, then yes, he is undoubtedly guilty. Even Meursault admits as much. He went onto the beach, was bothered by the heat...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021, 12:50 pm (UTC)

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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....

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019, 8:45 pm (UTC)

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The version of the quote in the Stuart Gilbert translation is: "It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of all hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2013, 6:59 pm (UTC)

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Though his appearance in The Stranger is confined to just two chapters, the timing of the appearances of Thomas Pérez are vital to understanding how the society that judges Meursault perceives...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2019, 9:20 pm (UTC)

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In the final scenes of The Stranger, Meursault has a great epiphany regarding the nature of reality. After his fight with the priest, who has come to Meursault in a last-ditch attempt to bring him...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021, 12:08 pm (UTC)

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The reference to "a soldier" appears in the first chapter of The Stranger as Meursault is travelling to the home for his mother's funeral. This reference implies that the book is set during...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016, 7:08 pm (UTC)

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This punctuates his complete disregard for proper behavior and for the thoughts and feelings of others. It also focuses our attention on Meursault's shocking apathy. He doesn't care for anything,...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2008, 8:44 am (UTC)

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In The Stranger by Albert Camus, Meursault and his society are at great odds with each other. At the beginning of the novel, Meursault learns of his mother's death, and he engages in a vigil to...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2010, 11:52 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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Meursault is a man of great indifference. When his mother passes away, he is neither disturbed nor particularly grieved. He tends to hold this apathetic attitude throughout most of the novel, and...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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Just like Maman's funeral, the day of the shooting at the beach, and the magistrate and chaplain's questioning of him, Meursault focuses on how others determine and judge him silently. He realizes...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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The Stranger is a philosophical novel. Philosophical fiction is classified less by certain genre conventions (such as love triangles in romance fiction, red herrings in detective stories, and so...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021, 1:49 pm (UTC)

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Camus suggested that his entire premise of The Stranger was the exploration of a realm where the individual experienced a simultaneous collision of internal and external conflicts. Camus suggested...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2014, 1:08 am (UTC)

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A great example of foreshadowing in The Stranger comes in chapter 1, not long after Meursault's mother has died. When he arrives at the morgue, Meursault sees that there's an Arab nurse standing...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019, 5:54 am (UTC)

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Because the narrator, Meursault, does not explicitly assign an ethnicity to Marie, readers must look to her name and the novel's setting for clues. The novel takes place in Algeria between the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021, 8:34 pm (UTC)

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In short, it is both. Meursault has shot a man in cold blood for no significant reason at all. This is why he is brought to trial. However, as the trial progresses and the evidence is brought out,...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2020, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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Though Camus himself was not a racist or a believer in European supremacy, the namelessness of the Arab characters is reflective of just such an attitude that was prevalent among white people in...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019, 6:09 pm (UTC)

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From what Meursault tells us, he seems to be drawn to Raymond because Raymond is a fellow outsider. According to Meursault, Raymond is a warehouse worker and "not very popular." Furthermore,...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021, 2:45 pm (UTC)

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Meursault's prime joy appears to be sensual in nature. He enjoys good food and good weather. He likes having sex with his charming girlfriend, Marie. He can appreciate beauty. For a man who does...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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The title The Stranger refers to the novel's protagonist, Meursault, an alienated young man who comes to view life and existence in general as absurd. Meursault is detached from everything and...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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The whole question of Meursault's relationship with his mother is central to him as a person. Why is he so distant, so uninterested, and so vague? The mother is the life force—what connects us to...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019, 4:39 pm (UTC)

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Because this text is often considered both absurd and existential, the mood and tone are important considerations. First, in part 1, we see Meursault as almost completely indifferent. He is...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2008, 8:37 am (UTC)

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The Stranger begins with the death of Mersault's mother. We learn little of who the mother was as a person, but the immediate sense we get is that Mersault doesn't feel much, if anything at all,...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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In the novel The Stranger, Meursault is a self-proclaimed atheist who insists that he does not believe in God. Throughout the novel, Meursault demonstrates that he believes he is in complete...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2021, 12:17 am (UTC)

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Masson is the friend of a friend to the main character. Meursault's friend Raymond introduces him to Masson, who owns a bungalow by the sea. Masson is married. Meursault and Marie vacation with...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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The sun is a major motif in The Stranger, affecting Meursault greatly. Many stories associate the sun with life and even goodness, due to the warmth it radiates and its place in the cycles of the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2020, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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Meursault is the same on page one of The Stranger as he is on the last: heroic in the face of death. His only revelation is a recognition of the absurd: that most people choose death instead of...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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The tone of the speaker is very detached which creates a somewhat pessimistic mood for the reader. The narrator experiences no emotion; this is understood from the beginning when he has no...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2008, 11:11 am (UTC)

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An application of Marxist theory to Albert Camus’s The Stranger would focus on the themes of alienation and meaninglessness in the text. The main character, Meursault, is apathetic and emotionally...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2020, 11:59 pm (UTC)

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Meursault can be viewed as an antihero, but with the proviso that there are certain striking differences between his behavior and that of other well-remembered antiheroes in literature. Usually an...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2018, 12:25 am (UTC)

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For a good chunk of The Stranger, the protagonist Meursault has absolutely no dread or anxiety in any regards of his life. After killing an Arab man, Meursault shows neither satisfaction nor...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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What is certainly odd is Meursault's lack of a reaction. Upon hearing news of his mother's death, his is dispassionate, nonchalant, as if he's heard of a poor weather forecast for the upcoming...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010, 6:23 am (UTC)

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In answering this question, we have to remember that Meursault is a nihilist. This is someone who believes that nothing has any value. All the things that most of us value in life such as friends...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2018, 6:26 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018, 7:07 am (UTC)

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Meursault's lack of emotion has often confounded readers of The Stranger. He is more bored and uncomfortable at his mother's funeral than he is aggrieved. He does not love his girlfriend, nor does...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021, 1:07 pm (UTC)

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There is obviously no rational argument or evidence by which we can establish that Meursault should be acquitted of murder. There are no mitigating factors, and I believe this is the way Camus...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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In The Stranger by Albert Camus, the reader does not have to get beyond the first page to see how Camus' use of language and speech in the novel contribute to the meaning of the work. The very...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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In Albert Camus’s novel The Stranger, Meursault’s relationships mirror the author’s absurdist view of human existence. Albert Camus models the philosophy of absurdism through his protagonist's...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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