The Theme Of Meursault In The Stranger By Albert Campus

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Society has accustomed to being terrified of different. They easily conform to the perception of everyone behaving the same. When someone who is indifferent does not meet the expectations of society they are ridiculed for being different. They are marked as a social pariah even if they themselves have pushed away from society. The attitude that comes with the exiled mindset is commonly perceived as "evil" in the eyes of civilians because one does not comprehend it. Fear is the motive here that pushes people to the edge. In the novel The Stranger by Albert Campus, the main character is someone who is not familiar with the normal emotions a person should inherently feel and he is persecuted because of something he cannot control. …show more content…
(CAMUS 70) “I️ thought about it for a minute and said that more than sorry I️ felt kind of annoyed.” He felt annoyed, another odd answer that does not help him in any way. Based on his character, Meursault can be seen as "insensitive". The concept of Meursault not being able to feel emotions and society persecuting him for it is seen here. (CAMUS 64) " The investigators had learned that I had "shown insensitivity" the day of Maman's funeral." His insensitivity played a major role in his case because not being able to process emotions is very strange in the eyes of the jury or instead the jury itself could be called society because that’s what they are, a jury of his peers. They ultimately decide to end his life, although Meursault describes him being content with the life he lived and that he does not fear death. Whenever Meursault speaks in the novel the entire tone changes, his words bring a certain darkness that no other character brings. His insensitivity portrays his true colors and how he does not care at …show more content…
(CAMUS 41) “I said people never change their lives, that in any case, one life was as good as another and that I wasn’t dissatisfied with mine here at all” Once Meursault knew he was going to die, he began to wonder about his life. He said "he wasn’t dissatisfied", he lived his life and was prepared to meet its end. The careful diction amplifies the meaning of death to Meursault. Meursault meets his end and isn't showing any emotion towards it. How much of Meursault is really within us? The emotional detachment that Meursault portrays in the novel The Stranger is something that we do not see naturally in society although we know it is there. His indifferent attitude and moral ambiguity is something that is perceived as criminal in the novel. In reality, the perception is made up by society and he is punished for it. Throughout his entire incarceration, he did not once shed any form of emotion other than being annoyed at everything that happened. Meursault is an idea that is inside us all, but due to society's eyes, we behave in the ways society sees

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