Essay on Analysis Of ' The Stranger '

1200 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 null Page
A large part of the human race is constantly occupied by their search for rationality in their existence. This endless search can often drive the “Average Joe” insane if contemplated for long enough. When it comes to the acceptance of a meaningless existence, only those who are able to live with this realization recognize themselves as existentialists. Furthermore, absurdists are those who believe that it is absurd for the human race to search endlessly for a meaning of their existence, rather than finding small meanings every day, and not worrying about the larger issue of existentialism. In The Stranger, Meursault represents a large part of humanity’s endless search through an overall disconnect from the rest of his race and never appearing to have any socially acceptable reason behind his actions. A majority of The Stranger focuses on Meursault’s humanity and morality. Meursault does not express any emotion normally expected from a person who had just lost his mother. Immediately starting with the first line of the novel, “Maman died today” (3), it is clear that the author is trying to convey to the reader that Meursault perceives the world differently that the rest of the human race. This opening sentence embodies Meursault’s absurdist outlook on life, his emotional indifference and detachment from people, as well as his passive yet quiet alienation from the rest of society. Meursault goes on to reflect on the event, “That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday”…

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