The Stranger Essay

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Questions allow people to gain knowledge through wonderment and help them understand the things that are puzzling them. If a question is asked and it goes unanswered there is a void that emerges from within the asker that can make them constantly wonder about what the answer might be. This might go on until the questioner finally realize that it is pointless to spend all of their time searching for answers when they could be asking questions. The same can be said when somebody is asked a question instead of asking one. No matter how hard people may try not to respond to a question when they are asked one, we all subconsciously do so in the back of our minds. Somewhere deep down in our brain is a response to that question. That is because we know that every question has to have an answer, whether it is right or wrong. When Albert Camus named his novel The Stranger he was asking his audience a question that will forever go unanswered. Camus was asking his readers who they thought the title “stranger” was. Therefore, when a reader may wonder as to who the said stranger may be, they somehow come up with a response. But a response is not an answer. Responses and answers are entirely contrasting things. An answer is defined to be correct, a response only has a possibility to be correct. There are millions of choices that people have to choose from in order to make a response to a question, and out of those possibilities only one in particular is correct. However, Camus never left his readers an answer to the question that he asked us. That could be possibly because he did not know the answer to it himself. However, since he titled his novel The Stranger there has somebody has to be labeled a stranger, and the person who that most suitable for that title would be the main protagonist: Meursault. Meursault should be labeled as the stranger because of his off putting and indifferent personality which distances him from both his own society and...
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