Existentialism In The Stranger By Albert Camus

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In many works of literature, a character conquers great obstacles to achieve a worthy goal. This goal can be pointless or have a powerful meaning and help reader analyze the novel. In addition, these goal can be personal or based on the attitudes and beliefs of others. In the novel The Stranger by Albert Camus, the protagonist Meursault has several goals that portray and contribute to an overall meaning in the novel. The novel is written by an author who some called an existentialist, and some called an absurdist. The author believed that life has a lesser meaning and that people have to choose the life they want to live To open, the Chaplin in Meursault's prison tried to get him to believe in God multiple times, and when Meursault was fed up he yelled and grabbed the priest. This is shown in novel, “Then, I don’t know why, but something inside me snapped. I started yelling at the top of my lungs, and I insulted him and told him to not to waste his prayers on me. I grabbed him by the collar of his cassock. I was pouring out on him everything that was in my heart, cries of anger and cries of joy”( Page 120, Lines 16-21). To explain, the Chaplin would give a prayer or show Meursault the way and Meursault would usually let him talk and do what he was doing. Meursault would allow the Chaplin to do this because at the time he still had hope left. After the trial he has completely, totally given up hope, and assaulted the Chaplin when he was trying to assist him.
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