10-28-2014 Rachel Craig
Essay #13: Marie's Reaction!
! Marie's reaction to Meursault telling her about his mother's death was almost no
reaction at all. The text states, "She made no remark, though I thought she shrank away
a littleâ¦ Anyhow, by evening Marie had forgotten all about it." At first, she seemed a bit
wary of Meursault, but soon forgot about his loss when it came time to watch a comedic
movie and enjoy a night of love-making. There are several aspects as to what Marie's
response and neglect may have meant, but they all come to the same conclusion: her
actions were not in congruence to how most people would react.!
! One might argue Marie was trying to make Meursault feel better about his
mother's death. Most people, when they hear of a loss in someone's family, especially
that of a mother, would say "I am so sorry for your loss, do you need anything?" Marie,
however, took a completely different approach. Going to see a comedic movie may
have been her way of comforting him, but this is not the most common way of showing
comfort. Marie's take on his mother's death leads the reader to question Marie's own
! Marie may have had more feelings than annoyance, unlike Meursault, but she
may have lacked the ability to completely process and comfort someone during their
supposed time of need. Of course Meursault was not a "regular" person, he didn't feel
much, but Marie did not know this when she first learned of his mother's passing.
Meursault showed his feelings about life, how meaningless he found it. Marie showed
the same kind of thoughts and feelings in her reaction to his mother's death. She shied
away at first, but later thought nothing of it. Her seeming...