The Meaning Of Life In The Stranger By Albert Camus

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Ain’t No Rest for the Tepid Finding the meaning of life has been an endeavor undertaken by countless philosophers with almost no uniformity from their answers. Ranging from promises of eternal life, to the belief that life has no meaning at all, Albert Camus, a French philosopher, offers his own unique view on the matter. In Camus’ novel The Stranger, he uses the beach scene where Meursault, the main character, kills an Arab in order to signify that life definitely has a meaning at times, albeit with absurd implications. The mood of the passage when Meursault is alone on the beach is established on the first line, “There was the same dazzling red glare” (Camus 57). Immediately, the sun is placed at the center of attention as it is the origin of the glare that Meursault was referring to. This makes the mood feel arduous due to the intensity of the sun’s “dazzling red glare” in addition to the fact that the sun stays up for a significant period of time during the day (Camus 57). As a result, it creates no expectations that the sun will cease its effect on Meursault soon and a precedent is created that the persistent effect of the sun will have a significant impact on his future decisions. Where the mood uses the sun as a lasting part of the setting, Camus uses personification to display the oppressive nature of the sun early in the beach scene. The sun made even “the sea gasped for air with each shallow, stifled little wave that broke on the sand” (Camus 57). Since the
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