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The Stranger by Albert Camus

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To: Mrs. Hesse From: Audrey Attardo Date: 11 February 2002 The Stranger by Albert Camus Word Count: 557 1. Synopsis: Meursault, Marie, Raymond got ready to do down to the beach. Raymond tells Meursault that a group of Arabs is stalking him, one of which is his mistress's brother. They got on the bus and headed for the beach. When they get there, Raymond takes them to meet his friend Masson and shows them his beach house. Marie, Meursault, and Masson decide to go for a swim. They got hungry and went in for lunch. After lunch, Meursault, Raymond, and Masson went for a walk on the beach. While walking they see the same group of Arabs. ...read more.


2. Figurative Language: There is an instance in chapter six, in which Camus uses a series of metaphors to depict the situation. It begins with a simile. Meursault states, "The light shot off the steel and it was like a long flashing blade cutting at my forehead." Meursault goes on to say that, "[his] eyes were blinded behind the curtain of tears," that "all he could feel were cymbals of sunlight crashing on his forehead" and the "dazzling spear flying up from the knife in front of him." This long string of comparisons helps portray Meursault's confusion and adds to the complexity of the scene, and his thoughts. 3. Setting: Camus uses the weather to portray Meursault's feelings and emotions. ...read more.


" he said that it occurred to him that all he had to do was turn around, but "the whole beach, throbbing with the sun was pressing on his back." 4. Predictions: I believe that, due to the lack of the ability to express freely his feelings, emotions and thoughts, Meursault will find himself in prison for a long time for the murder of the Arab. In most cases, from what I've seen (mostly on television shows) when someone confesses that they knew what they did was wrong, or when they admit that they have a problem, or realize that they were temporarily insane, they usually have a less harsh sentence. I think that Meursault will keep his thoughts to himself or choose not to show remorse that he actually does feel, which mirrors his reaction to his feelings toward his mother's death. 5. 6. 7. 8. ...read more.

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