In The Stranger, what is the significance about the indifference of the world compared to Meursault's life?   "I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like...

In The Stranger, what is the significance about the indifference of the world compared to Meursault's life?

 

"I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself" (122).

Expert Answers info

Kristopher Parisian eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseCollege Professor


calendarEducator since 2011

write3,640 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Business

Mersault is a character who subdues his inner dialogue. He does not delve into his psychology to identify his feelings/motives so much as he denies the impulse to self-analyze and self-assess.

Camus did this because he felt that “psychology is action, not thinking about oneself.” The protagonist, along with a failure to explain everything to the reader, refuses to justify himself to other characters. (eNotes)

In keeping with the philosophical principles of existentialism, Camus presents to us a...

(The entire section contains 253 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial