The Stranger

The Stranger

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  • This is Meursault the protagonist from the novel The Stranger. Meursault is characterized as an absurd hero from his actions and by his constant struggle to search for meaning in a meaningless world.
  • Meursault's jail cell
  • Meursault is being charged with killing an Arab, and this is him on trial. The man next to him is his lawyer. This courtroom scene is significant to the novel because this really shows Camus view on the absurd. The significance of courtroom is to show that the Jurors are society judging Meursault non-caring personality and the verdict (box 5) is representative of societies rejection of Meursaults' character.
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  • The man being questioned is Perez; Meursault's late mother's "boyfriend". The Judge is highlighting the point in explaining that Meursault didn't show any emotion at the funeral and Camus does this for emphasis on Meursaults disconnection from his meaningless life.
  • "Can you swear this man did not shed a tear?"
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  • "No, I swear".
  • All of these people; the jury, the lawyer, and Marie are all a part of Meursault's trial. Marie is his girlfriend.
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  • During the trial, Meursault is described as uninterested, not unengaged and unconcerned what the trials verdict will be. He is showing how he has committed philosophical suicide; his mind won't believe anything other than everything has no meaning.
  • The jury announced Meursault's sentence and at this point of intensity, it doesn't seem to faze him. One characteristic of existentialism that is shown here is that since there is no point in the world; there is nothing beyond a man's physical existence so his penalty doesn't matter. Meursault believes in life and death and nothing meaningful happens in either.
  • "“Murder of malice aforethought ... Provocation ... Extenuating circumstances.”
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  • The police are taking him back to his cell, while he waits for his decapitation.
  • After just finding out that Meursault will be killed for his crime he doesn't react, and author Camus does this to show how this is an existentialist novel. Not only has Meursault conveyed absurd behavior the whole novel is bases around the idea to expose the true yet cold human nature.
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