The Stranger

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  • Existentialism In The Stranger

    The Strange Character of Meursault In what perhaps is Albert Camus’s most notable work, The Stranger, the main character Meursault can be considered as a vessel for the philosophy of existentialism, an idea prominent in the time period in which the novel was written. Though at first glance Meursault may come off as a simple, uncaring man, as the story progresses, the reader is able to see Meursault as a complex and intriguing person. While in the beginning of the book Meursault is focused only on completing his physical needs, when his ability to fulfill them is taken away from him in prison, he is forced to truly think about his life, becoming fully absurdist in his philosophy. From the very start of the story, the author…

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  • The Stranger Sun

    In The Stranger, Camus uniquely uses the sun by portraying the sun as a symbol for feelings and emotions which Meursault cannot control. The sun becomes an amplifier for feelings of anxiety and passiveness which Meursault feels because of the environment in which he lives in. Relating to the death of the Arab, the sun shows a direct influence to Meursault’s actions and impel him to act on inclination and draw his gun on the Arab. Camus uses the sun to present a barrier between Meursault and the…

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  • The Stranger, By Albert Camus

    The Stranger is book written by Albert Camus. It is set in Algiers, in French Algeria, in the 1940’s. The story is about a man who murders an Arab in seemly cold blood but it is shown that it was really by chance that the man was murdered. The man who committed the murder lack morals like many of characters in the story. In The Stranger the lack of morals shows the characters in what they should be shown as, by how they react to life changing events leading to the characters proving Absurdism’s…

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  • Analysis Of The Absurd In Camus's The Stranger

    Once again Meursault in The Stranger provides a striking example. On the one hand, there seems to have been no conscious intention behind his action. Indeed the killing takes place almost as if by accident, with Meursault in a kind of absent-minded daze, distracted by the sun. From this point of view, his crime seems surreal and his trial and subsequent conviction a travesty. On the other hand, it is hard for the reader not to share the view of other characters in the novel, especially…

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  • The Stranger Existentialism Analysis

    In the novel The Stranger, the author Albert Camus emphasizes the absurdities of life and he does this by striking the audience with Meursault’s blunt nature and his embodiment of existentialism. The novel explores existentialist ideology which represent the philosophy of life essentially being “pointless” .Since the message of existentialism can have a powerful negative connotation it can be surprising to understand how Meursault can be considered anything close to free especially , considering…

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  • Absurdism And Absurdism In Albert Camus's The Stranger

    Absurdism is a philosophical belief that a human’s life is purposeless because the world is irrational, and the search for the meaning of life would only result in personal chaos. In Albert Camus’s The Stranger, absurdism seems to be the central motif of the novel because it is shown through the symbolism of the heat and the sun and through Meursault’s inability to expressed emotions . The audience finds Meursault acting indifferently towards his mom’s death, being an accomplice to domestic…

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  • On The Should Of A Stranger: A Short Story

    On the Should of a Stranger The sound of my shovel breaking the ground is the only noise that reaches my ears. The warm tears running down my cheeks, the only thing I feel. I slow down my breathing to match the rhythm of the steady chink of my shovel as it enters the dirt, almost reaching a hypnotic state. Anything to keep my mind off what is happening. Chink. An image of me on my knees beside the road flashes before my eyes, and with it comes a searing pain. My shovel misses its mark and…

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  • Existentialism In The Stranger, By Albert Camus

    no set paths for these poor souls? There has to be a predestined purpose for these devastated creatures, so they can peacefully pass on,content that they accomplished a goal. This frowned upon ideology called existentialism led to these assumptions that are prevalent not only in certain literature, but in the world today. Not only with religion, but media and communication pressure people to have predetermined destinies, to believe in the afterlife and follow certain actions set by standards and…

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  • Examples Of Absurdism In The Stranger By Albert Camus

    Albert Camus once stated that a novel “is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images” (Kellman). In his works, such as The Stranger, he envelops the ideal of absurdism, which the Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary & Cultural Criticism states that, drawn upon from The Myth of Sisyphus, includes the idea that “in a world without God, human life and human suffering have no intrinsic meaning.” The philosophy stemmed from and closely resembles existentialism, which sees the predicament…

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  • The Stranger Albert Camus Character Analysis

    Have you ever been pointed at with a flashlight in your eyes, and are immediately irritated and hope it would end. Well that’s how Albert Camus's main character Meursault feels in his novel the Stranger. Meursault, a detached and emotionless man living in french occupied Algeria, shows no care towards his mother's death, his “girlfriend”, and an Arab that he murders. While performing his careless everyday routines, the only emotion he shows is his feelings towards the sun. Even though he shows…

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