The Stranger By Albert Camus Essay examples

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Junhee Kim
11/16/15
English 10 Honors Period 4
Mrs. Mullen
DISBELIEF IN A HIGHER POWER
Existentialism is a philosophical theory that empathizes the existence of an individual as a free agent determining their own fate through acts of free will. Most existentialist do not believe in a higher power and determine their own purpose and fate based on their free will. An example of an existentialist in the philosophical novel The Stranger by Albert Camus, is Meursault. He has no hope or purpose in his life. Throughout the story, Meursault refuses to adhere to the moral codes of society and murders an Arab, which leads him to months in prison and a trial. However, the trial sways away from the murder itself and focuses on his atheism beliefs and the lack of grief of the recent death of his mother and is finalized with him sentenced for execution. Demonstrated by his existentialism life, the disbelief in a higher power, such as God, caused Meursault to live a life without hope or purpose and caused him his death. Meursault’s atheistic views caused him to have to no hope for his future when in prison. In the novel, during the time in prison, Meursault was taken to the magistrate’s office for an examination. During the examination, the magistrate shows Meursault a crucifix and asks if he believes in God. Meursault, being an non-believer of higher power answered “no” and the Magistrate replied that “all the criminals who had came before him until now wept when they saw the symbol of…

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