The prose style by the author of The Stranger, Albert Camus, is reflected in the description of the main character, Meursault

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The prose style by the author of The Stranger, Albert Camus, is reflected in the description of the main character, Meurasault. Throughout the book, Meursault does not show any emotions. The sentences in this chapter are very concise and consist of simple action verbs. The past tense is primarily used and there are some lines of dialogue in the book. This makes the reader to pay a closer attention to this dialogue. An example of this dialogue is when the character Meursault makes the first statement in quotes. “It’s not my fault.” (Camus 3). Meursault makes this remark in response to the death of his moth. He is upset that the death makes him miss work and it is not his fault at all. This sentence also shows the lack of emotion Meursault has in response to his mother’s death.

The first part of the book is about the day of Meursault’s mother’s funeral. “Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home. ‘Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.”’ That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday”(Camus 3). Meursault received bad news that his mother had died, however, his reaction to the news makes it sound like it does not matter much to him. Later on in the chapter Meursault makes the readers furious with his indifference as a son. Not shedding any tears on behalf of the death of his mother and did not carrying when and why she passed away. In the funeral the son felt seemed to feel more affected by the sun then by his mother’s passing.

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The first part of the book also chronicles Mersault’s daily life on a regular Saturday and Sunday. Camus allows us to see how Meursault’s ordinary days are as compared to the funeral. The tone in this part of the chapter is very similar than the last part. This is very important for the reader because it sends a message about how Camus’ tone of monotony and indifference. After observing that Meursault is indifferent to the death of his own mother it becomes clear that he is also indifferent to his own life. Nothing in life seems to have a clear ...

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