What does Meursault mean when he says that normal people sometimes wish their loved ones dead? Describe your responses to this statement by Meursault?

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is not an exact quotation but rather a paraphrase of the sense of what Meursault says. What this sentiment means in general is that life is not so lovely all the time that there is not rancor and emotional violence within families to the extent that anger runs so deep and so high that wishes for the other's death do not occur among commonplace families (he was being categorized as abnormal). What this means to Meursault specifically is that since life has no meaning and no value anyway it is natural and a sign of what is right that family members have wishes for the death of other members.

I was sure of myself ... sure of my present life and of the death that was coming.