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Discuss the last sentence of The Stranger: "I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of...

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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What are the major themes of The Stranger by Albert Camus?

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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What is the symbolic meaning of Salamano's dog in the novel?

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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What is the setting of The Stranger by Albert Camus?

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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What is the significance of the title "The Stranger"?

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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In The Stranger, Meursault is never given a first name, an age, or any physically defining features. What is the...

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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What is an example of alienation in The Stranger by Albert Camus?

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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What words would best describe the main character's tone in The Stranger by Albert Camus?

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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What is symbolic of Thomas Perez in The Stranger? Why include him in the novel?

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 book, The Stranger, what is Meursault's job?

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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What are some examples of internal and external conflicts in The Stranger?

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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In "The Stranger," what do we learn of Meursault's work, his attitude towards it and towards promotion?

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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In the novel The Stranger Meursault is an existentialist. What seems to be the only thing motivating Meursault in his...

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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What is the symbolic nature of the trip to the sea in "The Stranger"?

The trip to the sea represents change in Meursault's life. This change is a deviation to his normal routine, which will put him under the influence of others. The reason that the sea is chosen is...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2008 10:46 am UTC

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What does this quote from The Stranger mean? "I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid...

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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What is the importance/symbolism of the sun and the heat in The Stranger?

When evaluating the significance of the sun in Camus' The Stranger, we might focus on the connection between the day of the funeral (when Mersault's mother is buried) and the day that Mersault...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2014 6:56 pm UTC

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How does Meursault change from book one to book two?

I'm not sure I'd say Meursault doesn't exist until the second part of the book. This book isn't your typical "finding enlightenment" kind of epiphany. Meursault has always found his essence by...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2010 1:58 am UTC

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In The Stranger by Camus, how is Meursault a stranger to himself, to society, and to his environment?

Meursalt is a rather emotionless man, secluded from society and the eyes who might judge him. That being said, it may not be easy to argue that Meursalt is a stranger to himself and his...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2020 3:50 pm UTC

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Why does Camus includes in the story of the Czech family in The Stranger, and how does this relate to Meursault?

The primary character in The Stranger by Albert Camus is Meursault, who is the embodiment of author Camus’s views of existentialism: try though we might to imbue our lives with meaning, life...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 12:38 pm UTC

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Provide a detailed explanation of Meursault's thoughts throughout the last chapter in The Stranger.  What are his...

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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What were Meursault's feelings towards his mother when she was alive?

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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In the novel The stranger by Albert Camus, what is Mersaults idea of the after life?

Meursault, like Camus, is an absurdist and an atheist. Neither of them believe in God or the afterlife. This unnerves the magistrate and the priest to no end, both of whom want Meursault to...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2009 7:24 am UTC

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What is the mood and tone of "The Stranger"?

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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What is the relationship between Meursault and his society in The Stranger by Albert Camus? I mean how they view each...

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 The Stranger, is Meursault a threat to society?

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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In Albert Camus's The Stranger, what is Meursault actually on trial for, his actions or his eccentric character?

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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In "The Stranger", what is ironic about Mersault's relationship with the chaplain and what is Mersault's view of the...

The chaplain who comes to counsel Meursault as he faces death is a true believer, in both the salvation of Christ and an afterlife (heaven and hell). Meursault does not buy any of it and therefore...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2019 3:34 pm UTC

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Explain how Camus' use of language and "speech" in The Stranger contributes the meaning of the work.

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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What are choices and freedoms Meursault has in The Stranger?

Throughout Camus's The Stranger the themes of choices and freedom remain pervasive. The protagonist Meursault maintains an absurdist point of view on life, feeling very minimally affected by the...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018 5:08 pm UTC

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What style is Albert Camus' The Stranger written in?

Albert Camus' story, The Stranger, was originally written in French, in the narrative style, in the first person. It is considered a "psychological self-examination," however Camus' work had a...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 10:45 am UTC

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Is there anything odd about Meursault's reaction to his mother's death? Why or why not?

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 The Stranger, how does a specific death scene helps to illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole?

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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What is the significance of Meursault not caring for important events like his mother's death in "The Stranger"? Why...

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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How does Camus use foreshadowing as a technique in the novel The Stranger?

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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What role does Nature play in The Stranger? Explain critically with the help of textual examples.

The French writer and thinker Albert Camus's 1942 novel The Stranger (sometimes translated as The Outsider) is his most celebrated, influential, and controversial work. Set in French Algeria, where...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020 4:36 pm UTC

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Which critical theory can be adapted to Albert Camus' The Stranger?

You could use Colonialism as a critical theory. The novel takes place in Algeria presumably in the early 1940’s since the book was published in 1942. France occupied Algeria from 1830 until 1962....

Latest answer posted March 1, 2011 4:19 pm UTC

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In The Stranger, what is the significance about the indifference of the world compared to Meursault's life?   "I...

Mersault is a character who subdues his inner dialogue. He does not delve into his psychology to identify his feelings/motives so much as he denies the impulse to self-analyze and self-assess....

Latest answer posted July 14, 2013 2:48 pm UTC

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In The Stranger, what are some ways in which Meursault seems normal and in conformity with society and ways in which...

Meursault conforms by engaging in human relationships (Marie and Raymond) even though he tries to stay as emotionally removed as possible. He also goes to a job every day. This is perhaps his most...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011 3:11 am UTC

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Why do Arabs not have names in The Stranger?

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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In The Stranger, prove if Meursault should be found guilty or not guilty.

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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I am writing a thesis paper about The Stranger, and was having trouble thinking of a thesis or thesis ideas? It's...

The Stranger, the first novel of French writer Albert Camus, is an example of the existentialism philosophy of the 20th century. It will help you formulate a thesis if you know something about...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2010 8:39 am UTC

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

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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What does "the dark" symbolize in Camus' novel The Stranger?  

One of the points of Camus' novel is that since there is no underlying, inherent meaning in life (though Camus disclaimed existentialism), meaning comes directly through sensory experience, and...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2012 3:53 pm UTC

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Consider the end of Chapter 1 in The Stranger. What mood and tone are set by this excerpt? The there was the church...

The ending of chapter one of The Stranger is absurd and ironic. Really, it makes me laugh. The flood of sensory imagery used by Camus at the end suggests a kind of stream-of-consciousness montage...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 10:44 am UTC

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What is the purpose of: Thomas Perez, Marie, Raymond, and Salamano?

There are two levels on which you can view the minor characters in The Stranger, including Marie (the lover), Old Salamano (the neighbor), and Thomas Perez (the foil). One level is that they are...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019 10:17 pm UTC

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In The Stranger, why does society need Meursault to have felt grief at his mother’s death?

The Prosecutor is trying to show that Meursault is an unfeeling, nihilistic person with criminal tendencies. Because Meursault is so indifferent to the rules of society, the Prosecutor has a...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2013 6:48 pm UTC

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Is Meursault an antihero in the novel The Stranger by Albert Camus?

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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What is the tone and mood of the writer in The Stranger?

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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Discuss Meursault's emotional indifference to the death and funeral of his mother in The Stranger. In what ways is he...

In Camus's "The Stranger," Meursault is indifferent and uncaring toward many of the emotional events of the novel. His own mother has passed away, and he is entirely dispassionate toward this...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019 5:04 pm UTC

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In The Stranger, what impression does Camus give about madame Mersault's relationship with her son?

There is a slight difference between an impression Camus gives and an impression Meursault gives: one is the author and his impressions can only be inferred--if inference of author is at all...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2013 4:26 pm UTC

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