Crime and Punishment vs the Stranger Essay

1229 Words Aug 28th, 2013 5 Pages
The novels The Stranger by Albert Camus and Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky are both murder novels that explores the inner thoughts of the killers. Camus and Dostoevsky wrote novels that portrays a young man committing murder and how the young man faces the consequences and deals with the horrible crime the which he has committed. Albert Camus and Fyodor Dostoevsky uses two different points of view in each of their novels, first person point of view and third person point of view, respectively. Using the two perspectives, the reader is given two different yet effective ways to evaluate and interpret the characters.
The main character of The Stranger by Albert Camus is given the name Meursault. Meursault is easily characterized
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He lacked emotion. Marie even visited him while he was rotting in jail. Ressuring him the that he will get acquitted and they would be able to get married. This wasn't the case. The magistrate was able to see that Meursault lacked any sort of remorse about the murder. The magistrate disliked Mearsault going to the extent of calling him “Monsieur Antichrist.” (Camus 71), due to Meursault refusing to turn to religion and claiming that he does not believe in God. During his time in jail he faced discontent, due to the lack of cigarettes and women. This feeling was overcome quickly by Meursault, however. In his final days before his beheading he was visited by people attempting to turn him to religion, but Meusault was adamant. In the end, Meursault found peace. He was happy, though it was cynical the way he viewed the world, he was happy.
Crime and Punishment also followed a man who is living with the murder he comitted. Written by Fydor Dostoevsky, the novel's main protagonist is a young man named Raskolnikov. Raskolnikov was responsible for the murder of the pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna and her sister Lizaveta. Unlike Meursault, he was extremely traumatized by the murder he committed. When Raskolnikov is summoned by the police and hears about the murder of Alyona Ivanovna and her sister, he faints. He loses his cool. Raskolnikov was unable to bare the burden of the murder and was obviously feeling guilty, unlike the unfeeling Meursault.