The Stranger Questions and Answers

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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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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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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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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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The character Meursault in Albert Camus' The Stranger is on trial for murder. There is no question concerning whether he committed the murder. The second issue is whether the murder seemed...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2015 3:26 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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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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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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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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Writing on these subjects in regards to Camus' short novel, The Stranger, you might begin your investigation with Mesault's line of defense when he is in prison. It is this portion of the text that...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2013 8:23 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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Camus's character Meursault in "The Stranger" has a free will. Because of his free will he always has a choice. His choice is what makes him free. Before he became calm and realized his free will,...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2009 3:46 pm UTC

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Albert Camus's L'Etranger (The Stranger) is a notable example of the author's belief that “a novel is a philosophy put into images.” At the time of his writing of this work, Camus held with...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2014 8:04 pm UTC

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"Tragic hero" is not an appropriate term to use in existential literature. It is a classic term, and many conditions must exist before it can be applied, the foremost being a character who "falls...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2011 3:23 am 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 Chapter II of The Stranger, Meursault says: I remembered it was a Sunday, and that put me off; I’ve never cared for Sundays. In Chapter III, Meursault is prompted by Raymond to write a letter...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2011 2:37 am UTC

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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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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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In The Stranger by Albert Camus, the story is set in Algeria, a French colony where the author was born. We know that it is in Algeria because in the first chapter, Mersault, the protagonist, says...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 7:57 pm 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 best way to look at this text is from a psychoanalytic perspective. First, you must choose an approach - Freud, Jung, Maslow, etc. Camus is probably best investigated through a Freudian...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2008 8:41 am UTC

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Raymond Sintes is a foil to Meursault. This means that he provides a contrast to the protagonist, emphasizing certain characteristics of his. If Meursault is amoral, his neighbor Sintes is...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2017 1:56 pm UTC

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Meursault is interested in knowing things from people's lives, but not able to summon the energy to react to it. He is merely an observer of their actions, as if he cannot be bothered with caring...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2007 7:25 pm UTC

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In the story The Stranger Meursault is a character who does not see a distinction between companionship with the other characters or friendship with the other characters. While Meursault is willing...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2013 2:03 pm 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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In The Stranger by Albert Camus, Meursault is implicated in the murder of an Arab man. The Arab is the brother of Raymond Sintes' mistress. Raymond (Meursault's friend), raises the ire of his...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2015 4:12 pm UTC

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He doesn't explain his nature because he doesn't have a human nature. He lives his life on his own terms, not according to any nature. That's the point of the existentialism and absurdism....

Latest answer posted February 11, 2010 6:26 am UTC

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Three deaths are associated with Mersault: the death of his mother at the opening of the novel, the death of the Arab on the beach and Mersault's own death. While we may argue that the death of...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 3:04 pm UTC

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In The Stranger, the sun is a symbol of the indifference of the universe towards 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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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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Meursault is a nihilist. This means that he doesn't believe in anything, be it God, love, or country. It is not surprising, then, that he is so emotionally detached from everyone, including both...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 8:02 am UTC

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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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Meursault, after all, did kill another man. His best defense would be that he acted in self-defense, but the text makes it sound like deliberate and possibly premeditated murder. Camus was opposed...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 2:14 pm UTC

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There is much in way of meaning within the excerpt from Camus's The Stranger. Its meaning can be set against some of the thoughts that the Priest offers earlier to him: Every stone here sweats...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2014 1:40 am UTC

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The first thing you need to do is develop some sort of thesis for your paper. Do you believe that Mersault was fairly treated during the trial or that the death sentence was fundamentally unfair?...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2015 4:54 am UTC

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In The Stranger, Camus gives us an absurd hero in Meursault who loves life, hates death, and scorns the gods. He also loves swimming, sex, sleeping, eating, smoking, and going to the movies--all...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 10:45 am UTC

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Remember, The Stranger is a novella told in flashback. Meursault narrates it, as if from death row, where he no longer sees the sun at all, and this colors Meursault's use of symbolism. Whereas...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2009 8:17 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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Before the priest's visit, Merseult is extremely agitated by the question of "a loophole," the problem of which "obsesses" him. He wracks his brains for a memory of an incidence when a prisoner had...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2018 8:55 am UTC

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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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Since the answer below already gives a sense of style in the first half of the book, I thought I’d address style in the second half of the book. While in the first half, Meursault’s matter-of-fact,...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 9:56 pm UTC

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One of the dominant themes of The Stranger (also translated sometimes as The Ousider) is the absurdity of human existence. Mersault's life simply collapses piece by piece, with no rhyme or reason,...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2012 8:06 pm UTC

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In Part II of The Stranger, Camus uses a mix of visual and auditory imagery that is connected violently to nature and the body in order to show the gun shoots itself instead of Meursault...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2010 10:06 pm UTC

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Because the crowd is united in its outrage and hatred and fear of him, Meursault understands that he is the only one that is truly free. The others are bound by laws, rules, and social mores that...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019 12:23 am UTC

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Meursault's lawyer, upon meeting him, is a bit horrified at Meursault's apparent lack of emotion, insight and instinct for self-preservation. Meursault seems not to be aware, nor to care, that his...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2016 9:44 pm UTC

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The Stranger is, above all else, an absurdist novel. Absurdism says that the universe is chaotic and unpredictable; therefore, the individual has ultimate freedom. Specifically, Camus believes...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2010 9:34 am 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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As far as Meursault is concerned, he is a stranger wherever he goes. The irony is that the change of setting (from the beach and physical freedom to prison) has no lasting effect on Meursault's...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2010 8:23 am UTC

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Camus' novel is expressive, primarily, of themes relating to absurdity and the difficulty of rendering life meaningful. Mersault is a character who denies conventional and formal explanations of...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2012 2:39 pm UTC

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The weather is hot when Mersault murders the Arab. This heat is not of the ordinary, pleasant summer's day variety, but entirely miserable. Mersault is made dizzy by this heat, suggesting it...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020 11:38 am UTC

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