• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Stranger by Albert Camus introduces a character that is indifferent in any kind of situation and does not show any reaction to what happens in the world around him. Camus presents philosophical views through Meursault, however Meursault never talks ab

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Irrationality of Thoughts Many European philosophers contributed to the philosophical movement during the 20th century. Their ideas have shaped the lives of thousands of people. Existentialism and Atheism were two of the most important. The Stranger by Albert Camus introduces a character that is indifferent in any kind of situation and does not show any reaction to what happens in the world around him. Camus presents philosophical views through Meursault, however Meursault never talks about any specific philosophical ideas and acts in the way he wishes to. In The Stranger Camus represents the irrational worldview of the main character, Meursault, his existentialist and atheist philosophy, and philosophy of the absurd. The story of Meursault starts when he receives a telegram from the director of the old people's home in which his mother died. Abnormally, he does not show sadness and does not cry. Instead he says, "That doesn't mean anything" (Camus 3). This is an introduction to Meursault's indifferent personality and how meaningless the human existence is. On his way to Marengo, where the old people's home is located, Meursault spends the whole trip sleeping. ...read more.

Middle

He is just indifferent. The introductory paragraph gives some background about the twentieth century philosophical movements and important ideas of this period. Existentialism states that, "the humans exist first and then each individual spends his whole life changing his nature; and meaning of life through free will's choice (Philosophical Matrix). Meursault realizes how similar the universe is to his own personality before the climax of the book occurs. Meursault starts to understand that not only does he not care what happens, but that the world does not care either (SparkNotes Editors). Meursault reflects on the moment when Raymond gave him the gun, Meursault says, "It was then that I realized you could either shoot or not shoot" (Camus 56). He means that there is no difference between the two. His free choice will mirror his life when he shoots the Arab. Meursault was thrown in a jail for killing the Arab. The examining magistrate asks whether or not he Meursault believes in God. He responds, with an atheistic manner, "I said no" (Camus 69). ...read more.

Conclusion

There is no hope for the success. Camus comments, "Sisyphus can only find the happiness by admitting that there is nothing more to life than this absurd struggle" (SparkNotes Editors). The book's end is particularly close to the end of The Stranger. Meursault opens himself to the reality of human existence and that way he feels he is happy. And I felt ready to live it all again too. As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself - so like a brother, really - I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again (122, 123 Camus). Meursault has indifferent personality, he is an atheist, and he is a great example of philosophy of absurdity. In The Stranger Albert Camus illustrates his absurdist world view through the main character, Meursault, as well as his inspirations from various twentieth century philosophers. Meursault is a good tool for Albert Camus to highlight the purposelessness and meaninglessness of human existence. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Explore the ways in which de Maupassant presents Mathilde Loisel as a character who ...

    together for ten years while her husband also contributes 'eighteen thousand francs which his father had left him' just for the mistake his wife made. If we go back to the time when Mathilde asked for money for a gown, the amount of money they have to pay in result

  2. In Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and The Stranger, by Albert Camus, protagonists ...

    He does not realize the situation that he is in, by killing a man, which is mainly a result of his type of character. Another example of Meursault's indifference is his interactions with his current girlfriend, Marie, when she asks him whether he would like to get married to her or not or if he loves her.

  1. Conflict, Conflict, Conflict: An Examination of the Protagonist's Struggle in The Stranger and Siddhartha ...

    Meursault instead wishes for his mother's death due to the annoyance she once posed. Although Meursault is being completely honest with his lawyer and is alluding to a common thought, he phrases it incorrectly and further alienates himself from society.

  2. Symbolism in Albert Camus' The Stranger

    Camus' description of the sun once again calls to mind images of extreme discomfort: The sun was starting to burn my cheeks, and I could feel drops of sweat gathering in my eyebrows. The sun was the same as it had been the day I'd buried Maman, and like then,

  1. The Stranger, Albert Camuss first novel, is a brilliantly crafted story and a portrayal ...

    influence society, the second part as a changed and intellectual man, as he realizes the distance between himself and society. This separation is helpful in understanding the changing nature of Meursault and how he stands out against society and how he views the world.

  2. Existentialism in The Stranger by Albert Camus

    no pity while the magistrate is left alarmed with his lack of incentive to the killing. Lastly, the lack of presence of religion in Meursault?s life adds to the aspect of existentialism as it doesn?t believe in a superior being which dictates how they live their physical lives.

  1. "Wine of Astonishments" Describe the kind of person Eva is and consider Earl Lovelaces ...

    First of all she is the husband to the church leader and one of the main characters; Bee. She shares his moments of happiness and moments of sorrow with him and can effectively relay these moments to us and make us feel what Bee was feeling.

  2. Discuss how Camus explores the themes of alientation in Chaper 1. - Include specific ...

    It made me feel uncomfortable having somone standing over me like that? This shows the awkward irritation he feels having people around him. This portrays an interesting point, of whether Meaursalt minds being aliented from society. He hasn't been exiled in anyway, he just seems to seperate himself.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work