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Albert Camus Death

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The thematics of death are almost infinite. And with many possibilities there is no surprise that death can play an important role into the theme of a book. One case of this is shown in Albert Camus’s “The Stranger” where Meursault, the narrator of the book, dies. When approaching his execution he understands that no one person has significant worth. That shows a philosophical view/theme that no other book has shown as clearly before it.

Throughout the book you can sense the buildup to Camus’ central message. This came to a point when Meursault is killed. He seemed indifferent to any situation he was in, even after learning his neighbor was beating his mistress. He still agreed to be friends because he doesn’t really care for the woman, but
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Camus argues that there is only one thing certain in life and that is death. Meursault doesn’t fully understand this until right before he is about to be guillotined. He realizes that he has no meaning and is not special. He will be born then die just like everyone else.

As you uncover his peculiarities, you may be confused on why the writer would make him this way but it is all cleared up when he is killed. Meursault is being executed for a crime he did for no reason, however; he seems unworried by his situation even after a sad conversation with Marie in the prison cell. Before he is killed he gives a very important quote that shows the philosophy the books wants to portray, "for everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate". This quote shows above all else that humans are ultimately responsible for their acts whether good or bad.

Death plays many roles in books it is often used to develop major themes. This is especially the case in Albert Camus’s book, “The Stranger”. Meursault's death is a vital aspect to show the book's theme. Without the message his death brings the story would not be the
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