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In Albert Camus' The Stranger, it is clear that when Maman was living with Meursalt that they were not close. Meursault admits: When we lived together, Mother was always watching me, but we...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2011 12:39 am UTC

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Albert Camus' novel, The Stranger (French: L’Étranger, sometimes also translated as The Outsider), first published in 1942 at the height of World War II, was considered one of the great works of...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2015 11:55 pm UTC

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In Part 2, Chapter 3, it says that the trial takes place in the last sessions of the Assize Court. Assize means legal seat or legal session. Most assize courts are obsolete. But I think France and...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010 4:46 am UTC

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Chapters 1-6 focus on Meursault's life and routine and help us understand his physical world and, to some degree, his thought process. This culminates in Chapter Six and his decision to shoot the...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2010 8:30 am UTC

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In section I of Part Two, the police question Meursault and try--and apparently fail--to make rational sense of his statements. This is indicated when Meursault notes in his narrative that the...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2011 12:31 pm UTC

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Scholars often refer to Sisyphus and Meursault as Camus' Absurd heroes. Absurd here does not mean silly or even so much the Theatre of the Absurd often associated with Becket and others. This is...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 9:17 am UTC

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Albert Camus's novel The Stranger can be seen as an archetypal work of existentialism. From the very first line of the book, when the narrator can't quite remember if his mother died that day or...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2010 10:50 am UTC

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Thanks for the question! On the bright side, your essay prompt is so broad that you can write about practically anything from Albert Camus’s novel The Stranger. The downside is that it is entirely...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 2:26 pm UTC

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There is evidence across the novel suggesting that Mersault lives in a state of subdued emotion. The lack of dissatisfaction Mersault expresses in this quote is a good example of this character's...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012 12:32 am UTC

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The Stranger is a French novel by Albert Camus, set in French Algeria. It has been popular for many years since it was first published in 1942. The protagonist is a lonely and unhappy young man...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2013 4:45 pm UTC

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In The Stranger, Mersault's interactions with Salamano and Raymond illustrate Mersault's social indifference and refusal to question the meaning and motivation of other people. Salamano is an old...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2012 5:06 pm UTC

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The radical existentialism that Albert Camus offers in The Stranger inheres in the absurdist stance that life is meaningless, rather than meaningful, precisely because it is all there is. Repeated...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2019 12:15 am UTC

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The magistrate and other court authorities try to understand Mersault but they can not. Reciprocally, Mersault has trouble understanding the point or significance of some of the magistrate's...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2014 5:16 pm UTC

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In Part I of The Stranger, Raymond and his entourage notice a group of Arabs following them. One of the Arabs includes the brother of Raymond's girlfriend, the one he beat. As such, the Arab men...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2010 10:38 pm UTC

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[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. Additional questions must be posted separately.] In Camus' story, The Stranger, there are two dead people. The first is...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 1:41 pm UTC

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Without seeing the quotes on the worksheet, I can't help you with your responses. The main tenants of existentialism are that there is no God and no transcendent truth or values, that life is what...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 5:53 pm UTC

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Symbolism in The Stranger tends to be occupied with either absurdism or its opposite. For example, the sun which irritates Mersault's eyes and gleams off the blade of the Arab represents nature....

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019 1:38 pm UTC

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The Stranger is a novel open to many interpretations. The most superficial reading might suggest that this is a novel about an individual's struggle against a homogenizing society. A deeper reading...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 3:07 am UTC

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In order to put together this speech, the first thing you'll need to understand is the meaning of the word "timeless". Something timeless, in a nutshell, is something that does not change with the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 3:16 pm UTC

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Camus' perceptions of life and "the absurd" appeal to some, but are rejected by others. I do not see the protagonist's movements as intentionally self-destructive as much as apathetic. Meursault...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2011 6:56 am UTC

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Watching other people instead of taking part in life is Mersault's way of dealing with life. A day after his mother dies, he wakes up and the girl he picked up the night before is gone, but he has...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2008 9:33 am UTC

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The Myth of Sisyphus begins by explicitly posing a question which permeates Camus's work, including The Stranger: Is life worth living? This, according to Camus, is the only truly essential...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 8:14 am UTC

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The opening line of the novel, “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday.” has often been cited in arguments that claim Mersault was indifferent to his mother. But a more complex and insightful view...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2011 1:24 am UTC

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In his essay collection "Myth of Sisyphus", Camus defines the philosophy of the absurd. He says that when an individual is removed from a repetitive, simple way of life and forced to...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2008 12:44 am UTC

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First, what is the situation Sisyphus finds himself in, and what is his mental state in relation to it? Sisyphus has been condemned to eternally rolling a rock up a hill. Once at the top of the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2009 2:56 am UTC

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In The Stranger, by Albert Camus, language choices are critical in showing the attitudes of Meursault and the author toward his subject matter. The subject matter is both the main character himself...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2019 2:04 pm UTC

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In Albert Camus' novel The Stranger, Meursalt is an abusd hero who loves life, hates death, and scorns the gods. Camus' and Meursalt's ideology and philosophy are the same: the universe is absurd,...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 5:47 am UTC

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Interesting assignment!I am uncertain of the parameters, but I would focus on Marie. When the three men return to the beach house after the initial confrontation with the Arabs, Meursault...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2008 11:23 am UTC

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One of the major themes of the story is absurdit. Camus builds this idea up with the idea that as a person grows wearily accustomed to a mind-numbing routine, that one day they may actually begin...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2011 12:13 am UTC

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The social influences on the main characters in Franz Kafka’s and Albert Camus’s stories are almost exclusively negative. Gregor Samsa and Meursault are the respective protagonists of The...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2020 7:38 pm UTC

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Mersault's indifference to his mother's death is clear in the first line of the novel. However, he is shaken a bit from his daily routine of repetition and his concept of the absurd...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010 12:22 am UTC

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This novel is narrated in the first person perspective, so it is important to remember that the reader perceives all the other characters through the eyes of Meursault. Even so, however, it is...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2013 8:40 am UTC

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Meursault has taken little interest in his own trial up to the point where he wants to testify. However, after hearing people talk about him, he realizes he is being prosecuted not for killing an...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008 5:32 am UTC

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One of the aspects Meursault found difficult about prison life was the impulses to do normal things: "my habit of thinking like a free man." Meursault would suddenly have a poignant desire to do...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2013 10:26 pm UTC

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This is a rather open-ended project which may require more time and effort than I have shown here, but here goes: In The Stranger, Camus creates a kind of tragi-comedy featuring his absurd hero...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2010 3:20 am UTC

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