Overview Of Absurdism In The Stranger By Albert Camus

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Albert Camus’ novel The Stranger published in 1942 is a reaction to the political turmoil and upheaval in the world (Maus 12-14). The death of Camus’ father during World War I, the challenges of his identity being brought up by his illiterate destitute pied-noir mother in French-Algeria, and his ensuing career as a political journalist in Paris, all contribute to Camus’ position and animosity toward the world (Maus 12-14). For Camus, the absurdist philosophy represents the ultimate explanation for injustices and deaths. Absurdism is a philosophy that believes that humans live a meaningless existence in an irrational world (Aronson). Existence cannot be explained neither by science nor theology, and the universe has no answers for the purpose of life (Aronson). The resulting paradox of being caught between questioning and never finding answers, as well as the emptiness one feels as a result of this paradox, is why Camus coins it as ‘absurd’ (Aronson). Camus therefore creates a protagonist, Meursault, a French-Algerian man, who embodies absurdism, by showing how life…show more content…
“I figured it would save me the trouble of having to cook for myself, so I accepted” (Camus 28). Meursault’s direct language shows how again he weighs his physical pleasure over the human quality of the relationship. The reader senses again that the relationship has no emotional value. It’s purely a systematic weighing of how beneficial it will be for Meursault. When Meursault accepts to be Raymond’s friend and his confidant, the reader witnesses Meursault’s apathy. “He asked me again if I wanted to be pals. I said it was fine with me: he seemed pleased” (Camus 29). Meursault’s unique perspective of seeing that Raymond is pleased with his friendship reflects how it doesn't mean anything to him. This is a further example of how both the linguistic style and Meursault’s point of view make him the embodiment of
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