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Reflective statements on "The Stranger" and The Inhabited Woman

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The Stranger Reflective Statement While reading "The Stranger", I didn't quite understand Meursault's character. I thought of him as a detached, unemotional man, who had no care for himself or the people around him. I couldn't understand why anyone would treat their mother the way he did, or why he didn't love the woman that loved him dearly. He had no feelings towards anyone or anything. He just went on, living life without a cause. It was until we had the Interactive Oral Discussion that I got to understand Meursault's character more clearly. I think Albert Camus linked the character of Meursault directly to the time period in which the story took place. The novel began in the 1940s after World War 1, which was a time when people's attitudes changed drastically. World War 1 caused isolation, pain, and darkness to many people around this time. It explains the way Meursault's character was; pessimistic and isolated. ...read more.

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Then, during the Interactive oral Discussion, I realized that Lavinia's character was based upon the author's culture and background. The author, Gioconda Belli, was a member of a liberation movement in Nicaragua in the 70s, just like Lavinia was in the novel. Belli made Lavinia's character a strong independent woman, because she herself was very independent. Just like Lavinia, Belli felt the need to have a man in her life. Women's fight for equality was an important theme in the novel. During the time in which the novel took place, women were not seen equally to men. Women at the time didn't have many rights, and so Lavinia being an architect was a big deal. It wasn't easy for her to get the job. Lavinia often felt obligated to use her feminine weapons, such as her legs, to get what she wanted. I believe it is mainly a cultural thing. Even today, women aren't seen the same as men. ...read more.

Conclusion

We also discussed the way Aunt Tam blamed Chinh for all the problems she encountered through the novel. We always find someone to blame for our problems, even if the other person wasn't the cause of them. We just don't like to accept that we were wrong, and that we made a mistake. Another thing that I found was very important was that the Vietnamese culture view education as a paramount. Hang was very hard on herself to do well on her studies, and she put her education before anything. During the interactive oral discussion we also talked about pride. Chinh wanted her to work at the factory to make him look better. The appearance of their family was important, which I believe is important to most families. Another example of this was when the Uncle didn't want Hangs mom to be seen with Ton, because of what people would say about their family. After the interactive oral discussion I was able to get a better understanding of the novel. I was also able to understand the Vietnamese culture a bit more. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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