Book Review for the novel assignment- Multi-cultural lit/Comp
Title of Book: The Stranger
Author: Albert Camus
From whose Point of View is the novel written? This story was written in first person narration. The stranger forces readers to experience the same uncertainties. List Four Characters and explain their importance or significance to the novel as a whole. (At least four detailed sentences for each character are needed. Mention character traits!) 1. Meursault: The protagonist and narrator of The Stranger, to whom the novel’s title refers. is a detached figure that views and describes much of what occurs around him from a removed position. He is emotionally indifferent to others, even to his mother and his lover, Marie.
2. Raymond: A local pimp and Meursault’s neighbor. becomes angry when he suspects his mistress is cheating on him, and in his plan to punish her, he enlists Meursault’s help. In contrast to Meursault’s calm detachment, Raymond behaves with emotion and initiative.
3. Marie Cardona: A former co-worker of Meursault who begins an affair with him the day after his mother’s funeral. Marie is young and high-spirited, and delights in swimming and the outdoors. Meursault’s interest in Marie seems primarily the result of her physical beauty.
4. The Chaplain: A priest who attends to the religious needs of condemned men, the chaplain acts as a catalyst for Meursault’s psychological and philosophical development. After Meursault is found guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced to death, he repeatedly refuses to see the chaplain.
Main Conflict or Challenge in the novel for the protagonist (Meursault): (After Meursault kills a man, “the Arab,” for no apparent reason, he is put on trial. However, the focus of Meursault’s murder trial quickly shifts away from the murder itself to Meursault’s attitudes and beliefs.)
Climax of the novel (the main turning point): (One main climax that occurs at the end of the part one, When...
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