Camus: The Stranger (Analysis)

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The Stranger by Camus: Analysis of an absurd novel

The anti-hero Meursault at the beginning of the novel, is invited to the funeral of his mother where he does not cry. Everything is reckless, Meursault is someone who considers life and routine as absurd. His  indifference is hated and condemned by others. The whole first part of this book describes the absurdity of life and all the indifference he feels. Corresponding to the second trial after the murder of an Arab man in Meursault.

This part is disorganized as to time proving that Meursault in prison, lack of time markers in contrast to the first part, linear, held almost daily in the order when the main character is still free. His death sentence proves the absurdity of life. Meursault, in prison, is desperate and is faced with the indifference of the world. It is this silence against the appeal unreasonable is absurd. As in upside down and the place where the world is the acceptance and commitment, to him, is loneliness to the world, the fruit of the absurd. Faced with the absurdity of the world, man is in revolt.

The Stranger and The Plague illustrate the same concept. We have a description of the absurd man n an absurd world. The plague  in the world is also absurd, but the doctor Rieux is committed to humanitarian and combat evil. The conclusion of the plague with the end of the beam is positive even if it is really sad because the doctor lost his wife. In conclusion, not to be absurd, we must commit ourselves, that commitment also dear to Jean-Paul Sartre.


Cite this article as: Tim, "Camus: The Stranger (Analysis), May 1, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, May 1, 2012,

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