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"Death" and the Protagonists views on "Death" in "The Outsider" and "Perfume".

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"Death" and the Protagonists views on "Death" in "The Outsider" and "Perfume" In The Outsider by Albert Camus, death is a main feature especially with imagery. There are six different deaths referred to in the novel, although three are clearly represented and immediately affect Meursault. They are, the murder of the Arab, the death of Meursault's mother, and finally in the second part of the novel, the death sentence given too Meursault. Using these examples, Camus clearly shows how changeable peoples views and behaviour towards death, and the uncertainty of the reasons for peoples actions and there responses to there actions afterwards. Death enters the novel immediately in the first sentence "Mother died today." This is a short and direct statement which forces the reader to think, and although it is so direct and firm, the following sentence is far more confused, "Or maybe yesterday, I don't know." ...read more.

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C�leste feels sorry for Meursault before he goes to the funeral and says, "There's no one like a mother," This is the kind of response expected after someone mother has died. Salamano naturally expected Meursault to be upset but Meursault finds it almost strange to presume such a thing "He seemed to assume that I'd been very unhappy ever since mother had died and I didn't say anything." The different responses to the death of Mrs Meursault from Meursault himself and the other smaller characters would have been far greater in the forties than now and Meursaults views would have been seen as utterly shocking.. Meursault believes that all he said and did was logical and this is the only way the reader is able to in some way understand his actions, and then realize that there is nothing wrong in presuming that his life has not changed as a result of his mother's death. ...read more.

Conclusion

Society in general seeks answers to everything The third death is Meursault's execution. Meursault eventually realizes the full meaning of death but shows existentialist views that, "life wasn't worth living," and, "t doesn't matter very much whether you die at thirty or at seventy...it was still me who was dying." Following the announcement that he is going to be beheaded, Meursault thinks about death and if Marie is dead, during his thoughts on death he shows no sadness about the though of Marie dead and feels the same way about his forthcoming execution. Meursault believes that everything he has done in his life was wise and logical. Therefore when reading the novel, the statements and actions Meursault carries out become more understandable and reasonable as the novel progresses. By the end the reader can accept his views even if society in the novel could not. Charles Blythe English World Literature Essay 3/3/04 Essay Part 1 "The Outsider" Only - 1 - ...read more.

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