Character And Role Quote And Inspector Of Meursault
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Character and Role Quote and Scene Relation to Meursault
Thomas Pérez is one of the people living in the old folks’ home with Maman. He forms a close relationship with her (sometimes referred to as Maman’s fiancé) and is distraught when she dies. “Several other images from that day have stuck in my mind: for instance, Pérez’s face when he caught up with us for the last time, just outside the village. Big tears of frustration and exhaustion were streaming down his cheeks. But because of all the wrinkles, they weren’t dripping off. They spread out and ran together again, leaving a watery film om his ruined face” (Camus 17-18).
This is part of Meursault’s description of Maman’s funeral procession. It shows how grief-stricken Pérez is and serves to highlight the close emotional relationship he had with Maman. Thomas Pérez is often seen as a foil to Meursault’s stoicism because of the nature of his close relationship with Maman. The director of the old folks’ home called the two “inseperable,” and painting a picture of how the two genuinely enjoyed each other’s presence. Because Pérez was able to form healthy emotional relationships, he is a foil to Meursault’s inability to do so.
Marie Cardona used to work in Meursault’s office, and they had some sort of history together. As the plot progresses, the two grow closer and she asks to marry him. She tries to offer Meursault support and consolation throughout her trial. “That evening Marie came by to see me and asked me if I wanted