The Stranger

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  • ?????
  • "Why, why did you shoot at a body that was on the ground?"
  • "Yes...."
  • "Do you know what this is?"
  • Absurdism is defined as a tension between our need for answers and the universe's inability to give them.
  • "No..."
  • "Do you believe in God?"
  • "It doesn't have anything to do with me..."
  • In this scene, Meursault is being questioned by the Magistrate about why he killed the Arab. He can't understand why Meursault paused between shots.
  • "DO YOU WANT MY LIFE TO BE MEANINGLESS?!! I am a Christian. I ask Him to forgive you of your sins!"
  • The Magistrate then pulls out a silver crucifix and begins to question Meursault about God-the Absurd. He wants to try and get some emotion and answers from Meursault.
  • "No..."
  • "You see, you see! You do believe, don't you."
  • When the Magistrate finds out Meursault does not believe in God, he finds it impossible and states that his belief was that all men believe in God, even the ones who turn their backs on him. Doubting that belief, would make his life meaningless. 
  • Throughout the scene, Meursault finds the Magistrate's belief in God to be ridiculous, and he continues to say so. He doesn't understand why a belief in God gives the Magistrate so much comfort.
  • Meursault refuses to give into the Magistrate's beliefs regarding God; therefore, this scene shows that Meursault is an absurd hero because he has acknowledged the existence of the Absurd but refuses to conform to it. The Magistrate deferred to the belief system, so he has shut off his mind from asking further questions.
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