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  • Meursault - 1,411 words
    Meursault Meursault is a man who will not lie to himself. He will not feign emotion, nor use religion as a vehicle to give his life meaning. Meursault has a passion for the truth, which opens the revelation for all humanity: life is absurd; it is mans mortal responsibility to be committed to himself, for death is absolute and inevitable. In Albert Camus The Stranger, his behavior and characteristics display him as an immoral man, expressing indifference towards societys formulas for normalcy. The lack of emotion Mersault has concerning the death of his mother is an excellent portrayal of his beast-like, immoral character. Meursault defies the customary code of behavior by refusing to see his ...
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  • Meursault By Albert Camus - 1,192 words
    Meursault By Albert Camus Testing the Boundaries of Algerian Conventional Society In this essay, I am going to explore Albert Camus use of Meursaults murder trial in The Stranger to note the absurdity of the defined social behavior in Algeria while forcing the reader to evaluate his or her own morality. Camus asks the reader to form a mental and emotional relationship with Meursault through the descriptive and, in the end, destructively honest narrative. He then asks the reader to depend not on the law, which in this novel represents conventional social behavior, but on this newfound relationship to decide Meursault fate. Camus introduction of Meursault uses straightforward and very honest l ...
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  • Stranger And Meursault - 1,838 words
    Stranger And Meursault The way a person reacts to ordinary situations determines the opinions of others based on their behavior. Yet, when this behavior is abnormal or different from the rest of society, it causes society to form an opinion based totally on a persons behavior not their true personality. In Meursaults case, his strange opinions and unexpected remarks put him in this position, without ever really giving him an opportunity to be truly understood. However, Meursault cannot change his actions and behaviors from the past, therefore making him responsible in the society he freely chooses to live in. Meursaults complete indifference to society and human relationships causes him to a ...
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  • Stranger And Meursault - 1,787 words
    ... mothers age proves to be outrageous when compared to the average human beings social and moral standards. But the fact is Meursault is not the average human being. Helene Poplyansky beautifully explained this when she said: Meursault is far from social convention or intellectual problems; what counts for him are his own sensations and desires. He is an outsider not only for others but also for himself. He looks at himself without trying to analyze his actions and their consequences. (Poplyansky 80) By acting the way he did, Meursault almost forced his image as a stranger upon himself. Also, the closest thing to a friend that Meursault had was Raymond. Initially, Raymond appeared as a cru ...
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  • Absurd Hero - 873 words
    Absurd Hero Albert Camus is a very hard man to figure out. He puts very complex thoughts and emotions into his writings, and you have to draw them out strategically. His thoughts of how everyday people live and think are genuine and you can see that in his writing. I am basing all my knowledge here on Camus book, The Stranger, and his essay, The Myth of Sisyphus. Camus said in his essay on Sisyphus, Sisyphus is an absurd hero. Camus talks of how Sisyphus, a man punished to continually roll a rock up a mountain only to watch it come tumbling back down, is a perfect example of an absurd hero. He says that he is the absurd hero as much through his passions as through his torture. His scorn of t ...
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  • Finding Patterns In Hemingway And Camus: Construction Of Meaning And Truth By Robert D Lane And Steven M Lane Once We Knew Th - 2,422 words
    Finding Patterns in Hemingway and Camus: Construction of Meaning and Truth by Robert D. Lane and Steven M. Lane Once we knew that literature was about life and criticism was about fiction--and everything was simple. Now we know that fiction is about other fiction, is criticism in fact, or metaphor. And we know that criticism is about the impossibility of anything being about life, really, or even about fiction, or finally about anything. Criticism has taken the very idea of "aboutness" away from us. It has taught us that language is tautological, if it is not nonsense, and to the extent that it is about anything it is about itself. Robert Scholes One of the fascinations of reading literature ...
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  • Hemingway And Camus: Construction Of Meaning And Truth - 2,421 words
    Hemingway and Camus: Construction of Meaning and Truth $115 Designer Cosmetic Collection From Cosmetique -- Only $1! Hemingway and Camus: Construction of Meaning and Truth Once we knew that literature was about life and criticism was about fiction--and everything was simple. Now we know that fiction is about other fiction, is criticism in fact, or metaphor. And we know that criticism is about the impossibility of anything being about life, really, or even about fiction, or finally about anything. Criticism has taken the very idea of "aboutness" away from us. It has taught us that language is tautological, if it is not nonsense, and to the extent that it is about anything it is about itself. ...
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  • Hemingway And Camus: Construction Of Meaning And Truth - 2,413 words
    ... ry situations. These moments are often unexpected, coming anytime and in any set of circumstances (time and chance). I ate the end of my piece of cheese and took a swallow of wine. Through the other noise I heard a cough, then came the chuh-chuh-chuh-chuh - then there was a flash, as when a blast-furnace door is swung open, and a roar that started white and went red and on and on in a rushing wind. I tried to breathe but my breath would not come and I felt myself rush bodily out of myself and out and out and out and all the time bodily in the wind. I went out swiftly, all of myself, and I knew I was dead and that it had all been a mistake to think you just died. Then I floated, and inste ...
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  • Letranger - 1,757 words
    L'etranger The murder of the Arab is clearly the central event of the novel. Camus placed it in fact right in the middle of the book. It is the last incident recounted in part 1, so its importance is underscored by a structural break in the story. It is related in one of the longer chapters, which records in fine detail the events of the day, even when their relevance is not obvious - for example, several paragraphs are devoted to describing how Marie and Meursault frolic in the sea. The murder marks an obvious change in Meursault's life, from free man to prisoner, and some more subtle associated changes, such as his increasing introspection and concern with memory. Meursault himself describ ...
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  • Letranger By Albert Camus - 549 words
    L'Etranger By Albert Camus In Letranger, an existentialist novel written by Albert Camus, the reader begins to discover that women are treated abusively or poorly. The main character in Letranger, Meursault, views women as lesser than men; which ultimately conveys how women were thought of in Africa for that time period. In the second chapter, the reader first begins to get an idea of Meursault character, and his feelings towards women. After swimming with Marie Cordona, who once worked as a typist at Meursault office, he invites her to the cinema. This is very inappropriate, as his mother had died only a few days earlier. During the film, Meursault proceeds to fondle Maries breasts, and eve ...
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  • Stranger - 2,276 words
    ... , Camus hopes to have the reader change their opinion of Meursault. Camus implores the reader to wonder what Meursault is thinking, explore the possibilities of Meursault's thoughts. The reader's initial reaction that Meursault is heartless begins to fall apart as Meursault reports further. "Ou peut-tre hier, je ne sais pas" (L'Etranger 9). Meursault factually does not know when his mother died. It is not that he does not care, as the reader might first interpret, but that he does not know. Camus intends this confusion so that the onus lies on the reader to determine whether Meursault is heartless, indifferent, or innocent. Meursault continues, "c'tait peut-tre hier" (L'Etranger 9). By n ...
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  • Stranger And Death Theme - 930 words
    Stranger And Death Theme The Stranger Camus shows that Meursault can find his true identity only through an encounter with death. Meursault goes through some deaths in his life that lead to his own. This awkward, but most entertaining, character discovers himself through the tragedy that occurs in his life. His life is a full one and he faces each situation the same way. The encounters of death starts here, the death of Meursault's mother. "I wanted to see Maman right away"(Camus 4), this extraordinary quote by Meursault is a side of him that we do not get to see that often. That is one of the few times we get to see his loving side come out and show his affection to his mom. He accomplishes ...
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  • Stranger Of Camus - 1,025 words
    Stranger Of Camus In The Stranger, as in all Camus works, Camus views on freedom and death one dependent on the other are major themes. For Camus, freedom arises in awareness of ones life, the every-moment life, an intense glorious life that needs no redeeming, no regrets, no tears. Death is unjustifiable, absurd; it is but a reintegration into the cosmos for a "free" man. Until a person reaches this awareness, life, like death, is absurd, and indeed, generically, life remains absurd, though each individuals life can be valuable and meaningful to him. In a sense, The Stranger is a parable of Camus philosophy, with emphasis on that which is required for freedom. Meursault, hero of The Stran ...
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  • The Importance Of The Character Of Marie In The Outsider - 1,323 words
    The Importance Of The Character Of Marie In 'The Outsider' The purpose of this essay is to bring to light the significance of Marie as a character in Albert Camus, The Outsider. Through analysis and criticism, this essay endeavors to reveal her importance as an aid to the better the readers understanding of the personality of Meursault, the protagonist of the novel. Marie is first introduced to the reader in chapter two of part one. The description of Marie that Camus gives us in this chapter as well in other parts of the book is remarkably objective in nature. In every portrayal of Marie, the author paints a detached picture which highlights the objectification of Marie in this novel. The n ...
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  • The Outsider - 1,140 words
    The Outsider The opening lines of the novel, The Outsider by Albert Camus, set the tone for the book: Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know (pg. 9), it is a dreary and depressing sentence, so are the thoughts of a character by the name of Meursault. However, the circumstances that took place, plunged him into a spiral of events. Strangely, his thoughts stayed the same, yet his life changed dramatically. Conversely, the story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, is seemingly contrary to the novel The Outsider. In the beginning of the story, Lieutenant Burg was saying to the Commander, We can't make it, sir. It's spoiling for a hurricane? The Commander's brave reply ...
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  • The Priestkafka Vs Camus - 1,133 words
    The Priest(Kafka vs Camus) The Outsider, written by Albert Camus, and The Trial, written by Franz Kafka, are two books that have been critically acclaimed since the time that they were published. There are critics that claim that The Outsider is a dull book, and is not even a read-worthy book. Other people claim that it shows us how society actually acts upon people who do not want to be like the rest of society. The Trial falls under the same kind of criticism; but both books, although written by different writers in a different poque, fall under the same kind of genre: Imprisoned Lives. In both The Outsider and The Trial there are many people who influence the protagonists in a positive an ...
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  • The Stranger - 456 words
    The Stranger Meursault's actions reflect his inner self in many ways. He is the protagonist in the story. He emotionally really doesn't care about other people like is mother and Marie. Many events end up leading to the his murder of an Arab. During his trial, there was no emotional attachment between him and his mother. That becomes a main focus of the prosecutor's argument that he is a monster. Meursault is a young man living in Algiers. He receives a report of his mother Madame Meursault's funeral. He attends his mothers funeral, but he does not show any outward signs of appropriate grief. He returns to his home and immediately begins an affair with Marie Cardona, a former co-worker. Afte ...
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  • The Stranger - 1,031 words
    The Stranger In The Stranger, as in all Camus' works, Camus' views on freedom and death - one dependent on the other - are major themes. For Camus, freedom arises in awareness of one's life, the every-moment life, an intense glorious life that needs no redeeming, no regrets, no tears. Death is unjustifiable, absurd; it is but a reintegration into the cosmos for a "free" man. Until a person reaches this awareness, life, like death, is absurd, and indeed, generically, life remains absurd, though each individual's life can be valuable and meaningful to him. In a sense, The Stranger is a parable of Camus' philosophy, with emphasis on that which is required for freedom. Meursault, hero of The Str ...
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  • The Stranger A Communication Theorist View - 249 words
    The Stranger - A Communication Theorist View Throughout history people have been judged on their color of skin, gender, social status and physical characteristics. What makes people judge others? Could it the way they were raised, or maybe their culture that they have lived in had an influence on how they judge people. I think that those might have an influence, but I think the human race is inherently judgmental. Communication theorist have say that the way we perceive someone is part of our everyday communication and are adopted the usually the first time we meet someone or if we have had a bad experience in the past associated with a particular group. In the book The Stranger by Albert Ca ...
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  • The Stranger By Albert Camus - 664 words
    The Stranger by Albert Camus In The Stranger, Albert Camus portrays Meursault, the book's narrator and main character, as aloof, detached, and unemotional. He does not think much about events or their consequences, nor does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times. He displays an impassiveness throughout the book in his reactions to the people and events described in the book. After his mother's death he sheds no tears; seems to show no emotions. He displays limited feelings for his girlfriend, Marie Cardona, and shows no remorse at all for killing an Arab. His reactions to life and to people distances him from his emotions, positive or negative, and from intimate r ...
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