Topics: Existentialism, Meaning of life, Albert Camus Pages: 4 (1523 words) Published: January 9, 2013
A stranger is seen in today’s society as a detrimental asset to the world. They are seen as dangerous, shady, and no good. Albert Camus wrote The Stranger, telling a story of a man who lived his life different than most people do. Webster dictionary defines a stranger as, “one who does not belong to or is kept from the activities of a group.” Meursault himself was an outcast to the world because he didn’t feel the same as others in the novel. Does this make him a bad person? I believe not, but he is in fact a stranger to the characters in the novel. The title, The Stranger, is appropriate due to the way it can be translated in French and other reasons. It suggests the themes of The Stranger as well. One meaning of the title of the novel, The Stranger, is that if you live a life different than what society accepts, then you are a stranger; an outcast, and will be punished by the rest of society. In other words, the title means that Meursault is a stranger to society. Nothing discussed in Meursault's trial had anything to do with the murder. It was all focused on the way he acted about the murder and how different his feelings were than what they thought they should be. This was used to prove that people, who share different views than society, are in fact a “stranger” and are judged by their character over their actions. In addition, the majority of the society were Christian people and held strong Christian morals. They believed that if you lived your life wrong then you were going to hell, and if you lived life as a good person you were going to heaven. They believed since Meursault did not believe these things, then he must be an atheist. No one understood how his mind worked and his feelings; therefore he was seen as a stranger. He fit the definition of a stranger perfectly because his feelings stood out from the rest of the community’s feelings, and his views were different from society. He says, ““He stated that I had no place in a society whose most...
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