The Stranger by Albert Camus ......... The Killing of The Arab
“We walked on the beach…”(pg. 55) As the author begins the scene he intends on slowing the event by first describing the setting with Raymond and Meursault. The purpose of doing this is to demonstrate the mood that revolves around these two characters. As the light diminishes the darkness approaches, the fight among the Arabs and Raymond and Meursault break out. However, the fight seemed to have taken its time and occur slowly almost as in disbelief since the words “over and over again” seem to take effect within the fight.
“The whole time…”(pg55-56) At this point in the story, there was nothing but sun, silence, low gurgling from spring and three notes. Raymond begins a dialogue regarding the use of the gun. Meanwhile, everything in the background becomes distant and nonapparent. Camus used this dialogue to make it seem as if almost the entire world had stopped and all that mattered was the conflict between these men.
“The sun glinted…”(pg.56) Raymond and Meursault were standing motionless. Time stopped because of one object in their possession. To shoot or not shoot, was the only option at that moment because everything else around them disappeared. In the scene, everyone’s actions go very slowly as to watch every move. Like in the song, their actions are very slow and the whole scene seems like it stopped to focus on the exchanging of the gun from Raymond to Meursault.
“I went with him…”(pg 56) Before returning to the women, Meursault stood at the bottom of the steps and thought about how hot the sun was. Two simple options again, to stay or to go, like the quote above. He eventually turns back to the beach. This scene is also slow and focuses on every detail of the scene.
“There was the same dazzling red glare.” (pg 57) The sun was going down and there was a sunset that could be seen while walking on the beach. There was a moment of grief in Meursault's face. The author uses the words heat, and blast to signify how Mersalt’s reactions and emotions were. Meursault was feeling pain within himself, he knew he had done something bad, and he felt like he had a knot in his throat, too many things were going through his mind.