The Stranger by Albert Camus. This is an essay on the book about the character Meurasault.

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The Stranger

In Albert Camus' novel, The Stranger, there are many different aspects throughout the book that separate this book from most others. The first major crucial moment starts when Meursault travels to his mother's funeral and shows no emotion or remorse for his mother's death. It is evident in the beginning of the story that there is a man who shows no emotion for anything. Meursault did not dare cry for his mother. In fact, when going to keep vigil a woman who was very close to his mother was weeping all he could think about was if she would ever stop. That is not exactly showing remorse or sorrow for his mother's death. Another good example where Meursault does not show very much emotion is where Marie ask him if he loved her and all he could say was that it didn't mean anything and that he didn't think so.

This is not the typical answer when someone who is intimate with another asks them if they love them. Then in the next chapter she asks him if he wants to marry her and again his response was unordinary. Although Meursault does not show emotions as do many he is brutally honest. Some may say being honest is the way one should act but on the other hand after reading this book I have realized that being honest and showing no emotion make for a unaccepted person in society. Because Meursault did not grieve for his mother's death we as society see him as an outsider and a bad person because he does not even care about the woman who brought him into the world. Meursault simply defies society's accepted moral standards. Another specific aspect of the text is when he is on trial and shows no...