Theme Of Literary Devices In The Stranger

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In part one, chapter six of The Stranger, Camus utilizes a multitude of literary devices in hopes of describing and explaining Meursault’s killing of the Arab. Although Camus employs the use of a plethora of literary techniques, some of the most conspicuous include those of foreshadowing, imagery, and intricate diction. In the final chapter of part one, Camus makes use of various literary devices to present the notion that Meursault’s needless murder of the Arab lacks a rational explanation, though the reader attempts to find one. Across the course of chapter six, Camus makes use of foreshadowing as a means of hinting at the disastrous course that Meursault’s life will take at the end of the chapter. Although readers are inclined to predict …show more content…
Throughout chapter six, imagery is a recurring literary device that Camus employs, which he most often utilizes as a means of providing intricate descriptions of the oppressive sun and heat. For example, when Meursault describes the moment before he ends the life of the Arab, he exclaims that, “All [he] could feel were the cymbals of sunlight crashing on [his] forehead” (59). In musical composition, cymbals are sometimes utilized to denote the climax of a particular piece of music. By relating the sunlight and cymbals, Camus uses this description to accentuate the intensity of the sun and its tremendous influence on Meursault’s subsequent actions. Camus employs auditory imagery to make the reader conceptualize the immense discomfort Meursault is undergoing, much like one would feel when presented with a loud noise. When reading this, one can almost hear the force of the sun’s rays and their overpowering effect on Meursault’s well being, though in reality, there is no coherent correlation between the sun’s rays and sound. Thus, the reader can relate to Meursault and the distress he is experiencing in this scenario. Asides from auditory imagery, Camus also makes use of visual imagery to once again allow the reader to conjure up a mental image of the …show more content…
However, some of the most prominent devices used include those of foreshadowing, imagery, and elaborate diction. While using each of these devices, Camus had the intention of projecting a desired effect whether it was to hint at Meursault’s murder, make the reader develop feelings of sympathy, or accentuate the narrator’s lack of emotional sentiment. However, the overarching concept that Camus succeeded in presenting the audience with was that of Meursault’s unwarranted murder having no logical explanation, no matter what justification the reader attempts to create. This goes to show Camus’ perception that humans are intrinsically inclined to assign meaning to all things, even when there is

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