What is the universal theme of The Stranger?
Camus' novel is expressive, primarily, of themes relating to absurdity and the difficulty of rendering life meaningful. Mersault is a character who denies conventional and formal explanations of human behavior. He does not see the same reasons for actions nor the same excuses for violence that others do.
In fact, Mersault sees a lack of reason in his most significant act, a murder. When Mersault is captured and imprisoned, many people challenge him to accept their explanations for his behavior. Lawyers and priests provide him with stories...
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