What is mersault's attitude to life?Refer to this quote :"He then asked me if I wasn't interested in changing my life. I replied that you could never change your life,... I wasn't at all...

What is mersault's attitude to life?

Refer to this quote :"He then asked me if I wasn't interested in changing my life. I replied that you could never change your life,... I wasn't at all dissatisfied with mine here."

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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 neutrality.

A lack of dissatisfaction equates to a satisfaction for Mersault, albeit a satisfaction defined by disinterest. This relates directly to Mersault's central characteristic, which is also his attitude to life. The strength of Mersault's character is his willingness to accept the facts of his life without regret, guilt, or turmoil. This is a strength because Mersault is repeatedly pushed to give up his reticence and his emotional distance. In short, he is pushed to be (emotionally) like everyone else, yet he refuses.

Meursault becomes aware of the meaninglessness with which society pursues its notions of propriety.

The popular and shared ideas of how one should react to death, love, and murder are meaningless for Mersault. He has pushed himself away from those ideas in favor of neutrality.

 

 

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