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The Meaning Of Life In Albert CamusThe Stranger

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Albert Camus’ The Stranger takes place in a 1940s Algiers, where the sun is always blaring red hot and the French think they’re superior to the Arabs. In all of this we find the ever wandering soul that is Meursault. Meursault, the main character, gives the word “passive” a new meaning. We see him as a “do what I’m told” kind of character in the beginning of the book. Towards the end of the book however, he finally wakes up and realizes what life really means. Meursault is more aware and as he’s sitting in his cell he finally hears his own voice. It takes a death sentence for Meursault to appreciate life for what it is and understand it. We experience this as well, not on Meursault’s level, but when someone close to us passes away or when we simply ponder the meaning of life. We like Meursault try to find meaning in life in dire times but more times than not we get nothing out of it because the universe holds its tongue. Meursault is a young French Algerian who comes off as an emotionless person who doesn’t really care about anything in the beginning of the book. This makes sense because if you look at it from one way: he left Maman in a home without feeling any guilt. However, Meursault and Maman were not close at all and he didn’t have the means to take care of her. Maman was better off in the home where she met friends and fell in love one last time. The only puzzling thing about Meursault’s relationship with his mother was him not showing grief at the slightest when she
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