The stranger 2

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In the final scene of The Stranger by Albert Camus, Meursault says, "I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the universe." Using specific examples from the book, explain how the universe has shown "gentle indifference" and how Meursault has become open to that indifference.

Have you ever been in a situation where you just want to question whether there is a god who is taking care of everything? Have you ever wonder how fair or maybe unfair the universe can be? Did the thought "he just doesn't care" ever cross your mind? In Albert Camus's The Stranger the author described a person's life: from life to death; from funeral to marriage and then to prison. He described how a person's feeling could change or rather unchange during such events.

Meursault is just one of the very ordinary people that you will meet when walking on the street. The only extraordinary thing you can find in him will probably be his personality.

He is a kind of person who really doesn't care about anything perhaps in his life. He doesn't worry about his future nor his past, or maybe even his present doesn't have much significants to him. He is always distracted, and not being able to concentrate brought him some troubles. The biggest would be a senseless murder he is drawn into.

The story begins with the death of Meursault's mother in an elders' home. That was the first time he's shown his carelessness in life. He went to her funeral, but didn't cry. Basicly, what he did was just sitting there and watched the whole thing as it was someone else's mother. He was distracted by all kinds of actions, and noticing unnecessary details.[quote] He didn't even know his mother's accual age. [quote] This alone to some people...