"20 years ago, I met Madame Meursault in the city one day. She took me on adventures and enjoyed each others company. We created a strong, loving relationship that would last a lifetime..."
Thomas Perez stands among Madame Meursault who passed the day before. While standing in the funeral home, he develops feelings of loneliness and grief. During his time of sorrow he notices a figure walk into the room.
The scene at the funeral is a significant portion of the novel because it allows the reader to see Meursault's true personality and it starts to show the reader why Meursault is the epitome of an absurd hero.
¨Big tears of frustration and exhaustion were streaming down his cheeks. But because of all the wrinkles, they weren´t dripping off. They spread out and ran together again, leaving a watery film over his ruined face.¨
In most existential novels the character does not have a hard time coping or dealing with the loss of somebody. For example in the novel Meursault is not affected by the death of his mother. During the funeral Meursault says ¨Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don´t know. I got a telegram from the home¨. The telegram tells him that his mother has died and he responds by saying ¨That doesn´t mean anything¨.
Meursault handles and copes with situations differently than the average person which also makes him the perfect example of an absurd hero because the way he handles problems such as his mothers death. Instead of crying and spending time with family he chooses to hang out with Marie and see a comedy movie.