Essay on The Stranger and the Alchemist

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THE STRANGER and THE ALCHEMIST Belief and Response Essay As one would make it through The Alchemist or The Stranger they would start to notice a clear separation of what each of these books portray. On one side you have The Alchemist which represents more of a positive outlook on life and following your dreams. On the other you have The Stranger which depicts more of a negative connotation on life. Although these two accounts seem far from each other, they present themes throughout the text that show up in both novels. A theme commonly noticed in both books is “love” and its effects on each books main character. Another is “the meaning of life”, which explains why we are here on this earth. The last is the idea of “destiny/fate”, which…show more content…
The “meaning of life” also shows up a lot in both of these books. In The Alchemist the meaning of life is stated as finding your personal legend and following your dreams. “…whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth." (pg. 22) Melchizedek states this saying, follow what the universe is telling you to do. That is what you were put on the earth to do. We see The Stranger’s view in the very last lines of the novel… “As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself—so like a brother, really—I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.” (pg. 122-123) Meursault finally accepts that death is inevitable and he can’t avoid it. He also comes to a conclusion that life in general lacks meaning and order no matter who you are. At a ripe age of 18 and still much to learn, I seem to think life isn’t based on finding your personal legend. Life is life, and I play it by year and go with the flow. I wasn’t put on this earth for

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