The Development Of Meursault In The Novel 'The Outsider'

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A New Meursault

Throughout the novel The Outsider by Albert Camus we observe Meursault's development as a character. At the beginning, Meursault is a character that disapproves of showing his true emotion and belief in religion. But through the adversity and people he meets, Meursault becomes a lot more knowledgeable to what the world is truly about. Here in, we shall see that Meursault changes as an individual as he becomes understands and accepting of himself and is able to understand the world better.

Meursault does not have an understand on how the world works until the end of the book. He is oblivious to the fact that he is disliked until he is at his trial when people talk about him poorly. Society is very harsh and judgemental of Meursault because he does not abide to the the terms that society has in order to fit in. Meursault learns this at his trial when he is really convicted of his atheism and lack of emotion at his mother's funeral apposite to the real reason he is in the court in the first place, his murder of the ‘Arab’. “Is this man on trial for having buried his mother or for having killed a man?” (Camus, 87). He is judged more on his character than his actions. Although Meursault reveals that he does love his mother it is not sentimental enough for society to accept. As well, Meursault refuses on consecutive occasions to become religious even if it may save his life. The judge acknowledges him as the “Antichrist” (Camus, 64). When Meursault says “Why
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