The Importance Of Emotions In The Stranger, By Albert Camus

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Emotions, they are what seem to connect us to our past. They helps us to learn from our mistakes and to love what we can change for the better. Without our emotions, life would be meaningless and our past forgotten. In The Stranger, by Albert Camus, we see into the life of a man who doesn’t seem to have any emotion. Because of this, Meursault, the main character, is not able to connect to anything in his life and does not seem to care much about it. If only Meursault was able to tap into his emotions and remember his days of the past, he may not have seen his life as being meaningless, but because of him lacking this sense of connection, Meursault is not able to feel remorse for his mother’s death, he is not able to feel love for Maria …show more content…
In fact Meursault killed a man. In The Stranger, Camus writes of how Meursault killed an Arab that had almost killed his friend Raymond Sintes because Raymond dated the Arab’s sister and beat her up for cheating. Though just because Meursault and Raymond were friends this was not the reason why Meursault killed the Arab. During his trial, Meursault confessed he killed the man because “it was because of the sun” (Camus, 103) as if this is any reasonable excuse for killing a man. It seems that he does not have a single regret for killing the Arab man. Like when his mother died and he did not cry at all, he did not feel a bit scared for what was to happen to him, for him to be condemned to death. He welcomed the thought of his death and he said before being put to death, “I had only one wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate” (Camus, 123). This shows that his loss of connection to his past made him not care for a death in which everyone wanted for him. During his trial even the prosecutor saw that he had no emotion in the right sense of mind and he said, “...I felt this painful duty made easier, lighter, clearer...by the horror I feel when I look into a man’s face and all I see is a monster” (Camus, 102). If one man has no feelings …show more content…
If you experience everyday knowing that you can feel love, happiness, sadness, or regret, then you can learn from it, you can learn from your past. Though without this connection to your past life can start to become meaningless because you no longer can sense any emotion brought from your past. Camus wrote The Stranger doing exactly that though, he made Meursault, the main character, not have any true emotions and not being able to connect to his past. He wanted to show his readers that it is important to have emotions even if it is not always the best feeling, but that they should do this so they have a passion for life. If Camus made Meursault rich with emotions than the story would be pointless. Meursault would be like any other human being and the novel would have no purpose to it and no plot outline. Because of his emotionless thought, Meursault was able to push the story along, while being able to teach readers to live life to the fullest it can

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