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Isolation was a huge theme throughout The Stranger; reasons why Meursault was isolated were not directly stated though.

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1 Isolation was a huge theme throughout "The Stranger"; reasons why Meursault was isolated were not directly stated though. By the text we can tell that he doesn't enjoy communicating with others, but we all ask the same question, why? Mersault was not a people person at all, and he didn't like talking about his emotions either, in fact, he didn't even like to show them. Although the reasons of his isolation were not mentioned, they helped with the overall effectiveness of the novel in many ways. A few elements that created the isolation in the character of Mersault were the absence of his father, the disconnection he had with his mother, and the post-war pre-war attitude changes. The time in which the novel took place, also contributed in the effectiveness of Mersault's isolation. Although the War is seldom mentioned, we know that by the time period the war did affect the way people thought, and felt not only about themselves, but about life in general. The narrative took place in France during pre-war post-war time, after World War I and Before World War II. France was devastated after the war. Most of the western front was in France, and many of their villages were destroyed. ...read more.

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He didn't get the love he needed from his father, and he never got to see his father show love to his mother. Therefore he never saw how a man should treat a woman, and the love he should show her. I think that is why he was never able to show love for Marie. He says, "A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn't mean anything but that I didn't think so."(Camus, Page 35) Mersault had never experienced love, so he wasn't quite sure what it felt like to love, or to be loved. When he finally had someone telling him that they loved him, he didn't know how to react. I strongly believe that if his father would have been present in his life, he wouldn't have had that problem. "We swam a few strokes and she reached out and held on to me. I felt her legs wrapped around mine and I wanted her." (Camus, page 59) He had no respect for women, and he had no feelings for her. He only wanted her so she can please him. ...read more.

Conclusion

He in a way blamed his mother for his change, and stopped caring for her completely. The day of her funeral he showed no emotion, because for him his life had ended way before hers did. The day of his trial he was asked if he loved his mother, and he replied, "Yes, the same as anyone"(Camus, Page 67), he of course got judged by everyone in the room. Everyone thought of him as a strange man, because he said he loved his mom the same as everyone. Most of us love our mothers more than we do strangers, but he admitted that his mother didn't really mean much to him. His isolation from other people got so bad, that his isolation itself was the reason he got condemned. The Arabs did not matter at that point. What did matter was the fact that he was different than everyone else. He didn't cry at his mother's funeral, so he got put in prison because of it. Due to his mother, father, and the attitude changes from the war, Meursault was isolated not only from his family, but from society itself. He showed know emotions towards nothing or no one, and although the elements of his isolation were not directly stated in the narrative, the reader was able to understand the author's reason for Meursault's indifference. ...read more.

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