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Santillan, Yesenia September 11, 2006 Per. 1 THE STRANGER BY ALBERT CAMUS ESSAY The Stranger by Albert Camus narrates the story of an alienated man, Meursault, who commits a murder and waits to be executed for it. At the start of the novel, Meursault goes to his mother's funeral, where he does not express any emotions. The novel then continues to document the next few days of his life. He befriends one of his neighbors, Raymond Sintes and aids him in dismissing one of his Arab mistresses. Later, the two confront the woman's brother ("the Arab") on a beach where Raymond gets cut in the resulting knife fight. Meursault afterwards goes back to the beach and shoots the Arab once, in response to the glare of the sun. The Arab is killed, but Mersault fires four more times at the dead body. Meursault is then arrested and at the trial, the prosecution focuses on the inability or unwillingness of Meursault to cry at his mother's funeral instead of the killing. ...read more.

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The second part deals with Mersault's imprisonment, trial, and sentence. The exposition of the story is when his mom dies and he goes to the funeral. The rising action begins on Saturday after the funeral, when Mersault goes swimming, meets Marie, takes her to a movie, and makes love to her, and ends the day he kills the Arab. The preliminary climax occurs when Mersault fires a shot at the Arab and kills him. He then fires four more shots for no real reason. The falling action of the plot centers on Mersault's waiting to be executed. He learns a new appreciation for the little thins in life and is delighted when he is spared another day. The denouement of The Stranger takes place when Meursault is imprisoned and realizes that the world is meaningless, therefore he is content that he is going to die and end his meaningless life. The images of sunlight and heat are prevalent throughout the book as symbols. ...read more.

Conclusion

Since he shows no remorse or emotion over the murder of the Arab, the death of his mother, or anything else in life, the jury decides that Mersault is unfit to live and convicts him to death by the guillotine. His absurd existence comes to an absurd end. Meursault in Camus' The Stranger demonstrates being an insensitive and careless man. He shows his lack of sensitivity when at his mother's funeral he does not show any emotion towards her death; instead, he describes his surroundings and the people attending the vigil. Also, his relationship with Marie has no meaning to him. He tells her that he can never love her, for love is too vague of an emotion; he will, however, marry her if she insists. He demonstrates a careless behavior when he accepts to help Raymond "punish" his mistress. He displays a hasty behavior he decides to kill the Arab for no reason and when he is imprisoned he shows no remorse for the murder. Meursault is so involved in what he hears and sees that he is indifferent to what is essential. ...read more.

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