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Ths Stranger

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Taylyn Carter Albert Camus's, The Stranger takes you on a journey through the life of Meursault, an indifferent, atypical man, who is living in Algeria during the 1940s. Meursault's life is explained through an egregious amount of physical details therefore showing his utter lack of emotions and his trouble to express his feelings. When Meursault is faced with the challenge of expressing his emotional feelings he tends to shut down and become apathetic. He does not only have a fixation on the physical world but also has a rough time adapting to the physical components of light and heat. Meursault is seen as a stranger to society and ultimately due to his differences "a monster", but is it possible that such a character could be representing a person in modern society with Asperger's Syndrome? My answer is yes, Meursault's indifference, fixation on the physical world, sensitivity to light and heat, and his lack of empathy and some social skills are all signs that he was an outcast in his Algerian society but today could very well be represented as a normal person with a set back such as Asperger's. In The Stranger Meursault the protagonist comes off as an indifferent man in multiple areas of the book. ...read more.

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We also see his focus on the physical world on page eighty-five when he gets into great detail about one of the reporters. He remembers his exact clothes and his facial features. "A sign to look for in adults, he or she may become preoccupied with the physicality of things or may be completely consumed in one topic such as space, science, or dinosaurs."(Asperger's 1) Meursault most definitely shows this sign of Asperger's with his fixation in the physical world therefore making him an ordinary person with a minor setback. Meursault doesn't only have trouble showing his emotions but he lacks empathy. On page fifty-nine we are presented with flawless details of the beach, the sun, and the sea, but when he actually kills a man he states, "The trigger gave; I felt the smooth underside of the butt; and there, in that noise, sharp and deafening at the same time, is where it all started. I shook of the sweat and sun. I knew that I had shattered the harmony of the day, he exceptional silence of a beach where I'd been happy. Then I fired four more times at the motionless body where the bullets lodged without leaving a trace." ...read more.

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In many situations Meursault is seen as a man who is apathetic, indifferent man who has a strange fixation on the physical world along with a heightened sensitivity to heat and light. He is seen as a stranger in his society and is misunderstood by many people. Even though Meursault has trouble socially and emotionally there is an explanation behind his action. Ultimately Meursault is named as a monster and a danger to society due to his apathetic nature and indifference. This is absolutely unfair because society shouldn't walk away from people with mental setbacks, but rather walk towards them to help them. Meursault character greatly relates with that of a person with Asperger's syndrome and when the audience realizes this they have a greater understanding of him and begin to sympathize with his character. In the end we begin to understand that just because a person is different and difficult to understand does not mean they are a bad person rather it gives us motivation to help them. Meursault was unfairly seen, as a dreadful character when throughout the novel the audience should have been sympathizing with him as if he had the minor setback such as Asperger's. BIBLOGRAPHY "Asperger's Syndrome-Symptoms." WebMD - Better information. Better health N.p n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2010. <http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/tc/aspergers-syndrome-symptoms>. ...read more.

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