Analysis Of ' The Stranger Exemplifies The Absurdist Point Of View '

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Absurdism is defined as “the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any” (Absurdism). Albert Camus’ The Stranger exemplifies the Absurdist point of view, as shown by the main character Meursault and the world he lives in. Meursault, though never voicing these exact words, lives in a chaotic world that is indifferent to human plight, so he decides to do what he wants to do to make himself satisfied. The only insight on Meursault’s life that the reader has is his own account written in first person. He has shown himself to be a simple man in regards to the response he demonstrates to the people he associates with. However, Camus wrote other characters into the novel who illustrate Meursault and the three major stages of his life. Meursault’s younger self is shown through the young and enthusiastic Marie, his middle phase expressed by the robot woman, and the final part is shown by his Maman. Marie symbolizes Meursault when he was younger because of her emotions and passions. Camus never wrote much about Meursault’s life when he was younger, which would be before the first events of the book take place. However, there are a few lines in the reading that show that Meursault was not always without a sense of meaning in his life. Meursault’s life changed when he had to “give up” his studies and learned that “none of it really mattered,” causing him to lose his ambition (Camus 41). Something may…

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