What are some specific life values and perspectives that connect Meursault to his mother? How can Meursaults private thoughts and memories of his mother prove he has a deep connection with her?

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This is a difficult point to argue for, because Meursault himself struggles to articulate it in a satisfactory manner both to himself and to others. 

As with nearly all elements of the narrative of "The Stranger", absurdism and its nihilistic perspectives rule over many decisions. While Meursault says he loved his mother "as anyone would", he seems to think this way more out of social obligation than any true emotion. Further, his "practical" approach to rationalizing the way in which he put her in the elder care facility in Marengo is driven purely by a pragmatical perspective; that she made him uncomfortable, that she had no friends, that he didn't have the time or money to care for her. This is further compounded by the fact that he hadn't visited her, largely because of the inconvenience of the trip.

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