The Characterization Of Meursault And Mereytag's The Stranger

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Many authors write with successful characterization that allows their audience to truly understand their characters. Therefore, readers are able to understand the author’s intent through the events and actions that take place within the novel. One author that writes their novel with remarkable characterization is Albert Camus, within his novel, The Stranger. Camus establishes his plot through the characterization of mainly Meursault, Raymond, and Marie. As a result of developing each characteristic admirably, Camus successfully fulfills Gustav Freytag’s plot diagram. Not only does this characterization allow him to create an exemplary plot, Camus is able to reach his readers through his text. Through the complex construction of his characters, Camus is able to successfully develop and amplify the plot of his novel. Throughout the novel, Meursault plays a major role in influencing the plot through his actions. Meursault's ability to affect the plot is given through Camus’s intent to subject his readers to Meursault's harsh life and the exposition of the novel. When Meursault’s mother died, he was less concerned with the funeral than he was with the nurse’s warning that “ ‘If you go slowly, you risk getting sunstroke. But if you go too fast, you work up a sweat and then catch a chill inside the church’ ” (17). Meursault's concern about potentially getting sunstroke or a chill led the audience to assume that Meursault cares more about himself than others. In truth however,

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