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 this sensory experience can completely overwhelm and in fact determine the course of events. While Camus does not advocate of Fate, he strongly suggests the determinism of sensory experience. Thus it is the light that Meursault blames for his actions on the beach.
We find this credible--though the judge and jury do not--because we (not they) have been with him from the time he received the message about his...
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