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As was mentioned in the previous post, Meursault's trial for murdering the Arab is set to take place at the end of June. At the beginning of Part 2, Chapter Three, Meursault mentions that his case...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2017 10:19 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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In Part II of The Stranger, Meursault is being very candid with his lawyer. Meursault up until his trial and execution had lived in denial of death. He narrates: He went on to ask if I had felt...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010 11:13 pm UTC

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The reference tells us that the story is set during wartime. Specifically, it is set in French Algeria during the Second World War. France had been speedily conquered by German forces, and a large...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 12:25 pm UTC

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Meursault, the narrator and main protagonist in Albert Camus's existentialist novel The Stranger, shows many characteristics held to the philosophy of absurdism. As the novel begins, Meursault...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2017 4:38 pm UTC

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He is almost annoyed by her. In fact, I believe Camus puts this in here for the purpose of contrast. As Mersault falls asleep at the vigil and we readers can almost feel his complaint about having...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 6:47 am UTC

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Albert Camus's novella The Stranger is a reflection of his French-Algerian heritage, and should be read in that context. The ramifications for France of its colonization of Algiers in 1830 and...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2017 9:41 pm UTC

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Meursault, the protagonist of Albert Camus’s The Stranger, relies heavily on the author’s own life and, of course, his own working-class background. There are therefore many parallels between the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 5:32 pm UTC

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Marie, like most of the other characters in The Stranger, acts as a character foil to Meursault. She reacts with sympathy for the dog and Salamano. However, Meursault acts indifferently, thinking...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2007 2:42 am UTC

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The narrator of The Stranger by Albert Camus is Meursault, and he is, indeed, isolated from the world around him. This isolation is clearly a choice, something he chose for his life long before we...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2014 4:46 am UTC

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The answer to this question is a complex one partly because of Camus' innovative psychological style and partly because of symbolism and foreshadowing. Firstly, Camus believed that the...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010 10:35 am UTC

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Meursault, in Camus' short novel, The Stranger, is a very unusual man. His life reflects a inordinate lack of concern, to the positive or negative, about almost anything. He enjoys the repetitive...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 2:10 pm UTC

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I read Camus' The Stranger in French many years ago. I was having a horrible time getting through French 4 because, unlike the first three French courses which I had taken at a different school,...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2013 12:48 pm UTC

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One of the most remarkable stylistic features of the philosophical novel The Stranger by Albert Camus,at least in the original French, is Camus' continuous use of the past perfect and imperfect...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018 6:47 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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I would not describe his behavior as any of the characteristics we would normally expect at a moment like this in life. Most people would mourn, wonder, get angry, cry, pray, or grieve. Meursault...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 7:06 am UTC

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The Stranger is narrated in the first person by Meursault, who famously announces the death of his mother to the reader in the opening sentence. He then goes on to describe the details of his visit...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2021 2:31 am 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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This is a difficult point to argue for, because Meursault himself struggles to articulate it in a satisfactory manner both to himself and to others. As with nearly all elements of the narrative of...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 2:42 am UTC

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Albert Camus's 1942 novel, The Stranger (L'Etranger), bears multiple readings. A feminist reading would most likely have some serious issues with the novel. He has a casual affair with a former...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 4:33 am 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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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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In a compare/contrast essay addressing The Stranger and Slaughterhouse-Five one comparable point common to both is the theme of free will. Both novels address free will and its importance to life...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010 6:44 am UTC

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The last line of The Stranger relates to Meursault's epiphany regarding the universe. He has come to believe that reality is as indifferent to human actions as he himself is. There is no moral...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 12:50 pm UTC

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In Albert Camus' The Stranger, Meursault is a man of little emotional depth. As he sits beside his mother's casket during the vigil, concern for the death of another—even his mother—seems alien to...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2011 4:07 am UTC

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There is no direct textual reference to "noble" or "nobility" in Camus' The Stranger. Camus rejected the idea that he was an existentialist but sought to find a unity between an absurd world and...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2011 11:40 am UTC

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Meursault tells the reader his mother died in the first line of the novel. She was living at The Home for Aged Persons in Marengo near Algiers and the reason there weren't many people at her...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 11:21 am UTC

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Meursault could certainly be considered an existentialist figure, though it would be more accurate to term him an absurdist one. Existentialism is a complicated topic, involving thinkers as diverse...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021 3:49 pm UTC

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Looking at terminology to use in the essay, you may point to a distinction between "cultural traditions" and "individual expectations". Mersault defies both, but is, perhaps, most conspiciously...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 2:32 am UTC

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Meursault is alienated because he does not "play the game," as author Albert Camus once explained it. Unmoved by his mother's death, his girlfriend's love, or the joys or sufferings of other...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021 12:32 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 Stranger ends on the night before Meursault is to be executed for the killing of the Arab man on the beach, so it can be assumed that he does indeed die—just not within the text itself. Camus...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021 12:17 pm UTC

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Yes, but also no. Camus was an existentialist, but he was also a part of a subset of existentialists called the absurdists. The philosophy of existentialism relies on the thought that life is about...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2017 7:08 am UTC

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Albert Camus's The Stranger is considered timeless and universal because it is an existential text which deals with the intrinsic nature of life, the insignificance of the individual, life's...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2015 4:07 pm UTC

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The Stranger is considered a classic due to its striking presentation of the idea that life is absurd. In this context, the term "absurd" does not mean comical; instead, it implies that life has no...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021 12:35 pm UTC

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As the the story is told from Meursault's point of view, it is easier to understand why he likes Marie than she does him. However, we can infer reasons for her attraction. Marie, in fact, likes...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 1:35 pm UTC

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The fact that you found no point or purpose to this book IS the point Camus is trying to make. This book was written as an attempt to explore his philosophy of Abusurdism which states that the...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2009 9:51 pm UTC

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The eponymous stranger in Albert Camus's novel is Meursault. Meursault is a stranger in various senses. The most obvious way in which he is a stranger is that he himself is French and of...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021 1:34 pm UTC

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In French, the language in which Albert Camus wrote, “étranger” means both “stranger” and “foreigner.” Both meanings fit well with themes of distance and separation that dominate the book. The...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 4:17 pm UTC

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Meursault is largely indifferent to everything. After his arrest and during the course of his trial, he comes to realize that death doesn't matter. In his jail cell, wondering if his appeal will be...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 2:02 pm UTC

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I would say it does have an existentialist theme but don't leave out Absurdism (check out link below). Camus did not consider himself an extentialist; he considered himself an Absurdist. There are...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2010 9:20 am UTC

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Mersault rejects totality throughout his narrative. He does not see "truth" as anything akin to a totalizing condition. "Telling the truth" indicates that there is an intrinsic value or meaning...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2014 2:47 am UTC

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I actually *just* reread this book two days ago - one of my all-time favs. Meursault is complicated; he'd be a horrible protagonist if he wasn't. Deciding whether or not you think he's a hero will...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2009 2:22 pm UTC

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The family tree of a character should illustrate the relationships in their family. Sometimes, a character can have an intricate family tree that spans generations. The complex relationships within...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2021 4:24 pm UTC

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Kudos to you taking on this ambitious topic. Both Kafka in The Metamorphosis and Camus in The Stranger deal, comically and absurdly, with how the individual is detested in society. As is the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2010 9:27 pm UTC

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Existentialism is the philosophy that we are living in a senseless universe without any reason or logic. What happens in this world is therefore incomprehensible and often absurd. Man has no...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2009 11:53 pm UTC

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Albert Camus's works are philosophical allegories that explore, primarily, human evil and inherent sin nature. The three works chosen here all have overarching themes of violence, desolation, and...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019 5:13 pm UTC

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Albert Camus's novel The Stranger was first published in France in 1942 under its original French title, L'Étranger. It was later translated into English and published as The Stranger in the United...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021 1:37 pm UTC

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If the reader has earlier labelled Mersault as an anti-hero and as possessing an apethetic nature, the final chapter offers little to change this assessment. While Mersault contemplates a sense of...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2015 3:36 pm UTC

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One of the key elements of this novel is the absurdist philosophy that Meursault embraces. He finds increasingly that life has no sense of meaning or purpose and that the world is profoundly...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2013 8:31 am UTC

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