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Analysis Of Albert Camus 's ' The Stranger '

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Since the beginning of human civilization, people have lived in relatively the same way. They have basic necessities (food, water, shelter) and they do a job in society to acquire those necessities. Every day, from sunrise to sundown, people work to benefit society. All they have to look forward to at the end of the day is coming home to satisfy their needs and then going to bed, starting the cycle anew. What does all of this amount to? In the end, what do we gain from living? The fruits of our labor, the light at the end of the tunnel, the gold on the other side of the rainbow. The outcome is always the same: Death. No human is exempt. No matter what we do in life, how hard we work, the ending is the same. So why do it? Is life even worth living? This is the fundamental question Albert Camus asks in The Stranger. During the trial, once people realized Meursault was different, it seemed like they were out to get him, looking for reasons to execute him. This is irrational. The crime Meursault committed in the first place was irrational, he didn 't have any reason to kill the Arab. Even so, the people around him try desperately to find an explanation, which is futile because there was no reason to begin with. This is the struggle Meursault faces throughout the book. He is in a constant conflict with the universe. In the beginning, he subconsciously realizes that there isn’t a point to anything that happens, as evident in how he deals with his mother’s death and in the way he
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