Understanding Meursault's Nature

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An understanding of Meursault’s nature is better achieved after he stumbles upon characters such as Salamano. A Specific encounter includes when Salamano grieves over his lost dog, and Meursault attempts to comfort him. Ultimately, this particular event helps the reader understand that Meursault is not heartless, and actually very friendly. One significant difference between Salamano and Meursault is the level of self-awareness one has and the other lacks. Strictly speaking, Salamano is one of the many characters that rely on external freedom for satisfaction, and when anything is modified externally such as the loss of a dog, the person is lost. Meursault on the other hand demonstrates the advantages of being a fully self-conscious person
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