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 doesn't want to waste his time talking to the chaplain. The irony about his relationship with the chaplain is in what Meursault represents.
In The Stranger, Meursault is a man who lives a sensual, largely shallow existence. He recognizes absurdity in others like his neighbor Salamano, for example, who beats his dog relentlessly although the dog resembles him and is his constant companion. Yet Meursault has trouble recognizing his own absurd existence: he doesn't have insight into the fact that because he lacks feeling, he also suffers from lack of meaning.
He lives a fairly meaningless life,...
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