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Present how Meursaults indifference was feigned in chapters 4-5 of "The Stranger".

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Alex Perez Candidate # 003984-023 Sam Houston High School, Arlington, Texas IB English A1, HL Present how Meursault's indifference was feigned in chapters 4-5 Word count:1111 I think that Meursault his faked indifference because that was his coping mechanism, for instance "one thing bothered me a little, though. Despite everything that was on my mind, I felt like intervening every now and then, but my lawyer kept telling me. 'Just keep quite- it won't do your case any good.'" (Camus 94) as you see in this quote you can obviously tell that he isn't indifferent, why else would he obey the lawyer and why was he bothered? If he was truly indifferent he wouldn't have cared whether or not if affected his case. There is also the fact that he did not deny the lawyer when he was assigned one in the beginning. "My fate was being decided without anyone so much as asking my opinion. There were times when I FELT like breaking in on all of them and saying 'wait a minute! Who's the accused here? Being accused counts for something. And I have something to say!' ...read more.


So I think Meursault faked it because he didn't want to raise further questions and start more arguments. For instance "I didn't feel much remorse for what I'd done. But I was surprised by how relentless he was. I would have liked to have tried explaining to been able to truly feel remorse for anything. My mind was always on what was corning next, today or tomorrow." (Camus 96). That would be how Meursault would want to have it, plain and simple without much discussion. Now back to what I was taking about in the beginning, is indifference bad or good? The benefits of being indifferent could be that material things don't have such an impact on you, as well as your family. Now how could being indifferent be beneficial you say? I say that it removes a certain chain from you that holds you back when you aren't indifferent. In other words you will think more logically than emotionally. On the other hand being indifferent is something that society doesn't want you to become; in fact it wants you to put your best effort in society as a whole to better it. ...read more.


Acceptance of everything should be what indifference is, not giving your opinion but rather accepting everything something anybody tells you, sort of like a robot. So in The Stranger indifference can be argued against in so many ways such as is it even possible, and if so, it is completely useless in the long run, i.e. the fact that society suffers as a result of combined indifference. For instance Just like the Roman Empire, society will crumble because indifference from either indifference of the outcome of a new ruler or if the country is going to war, and also if it is possible you would have to be a 100% logical thinker which would be extremely one-sided. Invariability happens because you use both sides of the brain logical, and creative. You need more than just logic to use your brain. That's why I think the stranger just gives you a false sense of indifference, and also Meursault himself doesn't even claim of being indifferent towards anything, so it even leads us to a cat and mouse chase without even giving us a clue. So in the end I just think he is a phony and not and authentic "dispirited" person. ...read more.

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