The Stranger by Albert Camus Essay

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The Stranger Essay

If people were to accept that absurdism exists then that would mean that life is irrational and has no arrangements of any sort. This would mean that everything mankind has done so far to progress itself through society and religion means absolutely nothing because both are used to control chaos from happening in the first place. Consequently, if a person is known to be an absurdist, people would generally think that means someone who lives a life without any meaning. However, this is not true because a life can be lived out rationally or irrationally and be meaningful at the same time because it is a choice. The Stranger, written by Albert Camus, takes place in Algeria in the mid 1940's. Around this time period, the French had colonized this area and considered themselves to be superior to the Arabs. Though this story does show the racism that the French projects onto the Arabs, Camus also uses this book to teach readers the idea of what can be meaningful to the lives of humans as well as how the philosophy of absurdity fits into it. Absurdity basically means that the world is so full of nonsense that it is almost impossible to find any sort of meaning in life so therefore everything is meaningless. Camus use this as his own philosophy to understand why the world is the way it is. He then applied this notion in his book called The Stranger as a medium to explore this very idea because if there were to be absolutely no logic, no rationality, or any type of structure in the existence of the human race then everything is simply insignificant. The antagonist in this allegory is named Meursault, who is sent to trial after he shoots an Arab. Camus tells this story to map out and explain his philosophy on “the absurd” through Meursault experience from ignorance to self-acknowledgment of the world the antagonist lives in. Although he is sent to trial for the murder of the Arab man, Meursault, in actuality, is being tried because of his lack...
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