What is Man's Purpose for Living in Albert Camus' The Stranger

785 Words Feb 4th, 2018 3 Pages
Do you hold some sort of reason for wanting to fulfill these plans? What about the things that you’ve already done today? Did you have a specific motive for the things in which you’ve done? Or were your actions just to satisfy your curiosity? There’s always what we call an intention or reason to why we do the things that we do, but what about life’s intention? What is the meaning of man’s existence? Does man have a meaning, a reason or a purpose for him to be living at all? Is there something of significance or importance in one’s life that he/she chooses to live for? As man opts to think and recognize that the world is pointless or that it is preposterous, or rather absurd, one leans towards the viewpoint of absurdity. This philosophical view encompasses the author of The Stranger, Albert Camus.
Almost a year before the World War I, Albert Camus was born in a family of four on November 7, 1913 in Algeria. He was raised by a widowed mother upon losing his father in the Battle of Marne during the French wartime. Together with his single, hard-working mother, they lived with his maternal grandmother and ill uncle in a 2-bedroom apartment. Despite living in poverty, Camus’ ability didn’t falter.
Through working jobs, Camus entered college in the University of Algiers with an interest in philosophy and the Greek classics. He was an active university student involved in college football, swimming in the Mediterranean, lying under…

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