Examples Of Meursault A Threat In The Stranger

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Is Meursault A Threat?
Albert Camus, the author of The Stranger, once stated: “…at the very bottom of life… there is only absurdity, and more absurdity.” Absurdity describes the absence of meaning in the natural world and the inherent desire of mankind to seek out meaning in existence. Camus illustrates this world full of absurdity through his novel, The Stranger, a first person narrative novel originally published in French. Throughout the novel, the protagonist Meursault lacks of adherence to the society’s code of behavior. He rejects to label his actions with intrinsic value while living in the society, which demands order in the midst of disorder. Due to such indifference towards subjects, Meursault is considered an outsider in the Algerian
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Meursault eventually violates the system of law, which is established to protect citizens from possible threats, by showing his capability of murder. During the trial, Meursault is criticized for his indifference more than the actual crime he committed. The society has sufficient justifications to consider Meursault’s lack of emotions of morality, affection, and remorse as a possible threat.
Meursault has no ability to resist himself from being involved with offenses. He is unable to distinguish between the good and the bad. Raymond, one of Meursault’s close friends, represents immorality in The Stranger for his unprincipled actions of harshly beating a woman for inconsequential reasons. Meursault greatly contributes in the immoral actions of Raymond, and his contribution demonstrates his lack of moral
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Whether the difference is physical, cultural, or individual, dissimilarity defines an outcast in the society. Meursault, finding no motivation to endow any meaning to events and human relationships, thus is an outsider in his community. However, people must make distinctions between “difference” and “wrongness” when they judge other people. Meursault is not convicted for his “difference”, but for the “wrongness” embedded in his behaviors. Thus, one should not pity Meursault for his actions but for his indifferent
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