Tonal Analysis of The Stranger

Tonal Analysis of - Elizabeth R Katzki Tonal Analysis of The Stranger Page 15 There are six references to sun and heat and two references to the

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Elizabeth R. Katzki Tonal Analysis of The Stranger Page 15 There are six references to sun and heat, and two references to the sky in this one short paragraph. This passage of The Stranger is a symbol driven paragraph, and the book continues with this symbol. There is no answer to what the symbols of the sun and heat stand for all the time, but one can dissect specific instances and analyze those. The various symbols in this passage portray a tone of dread and oppression, which stands in place of Meursault’s emotional being. In the quote: “The sky was already filled with light”, the word “already” bears a negative connotation, because it exudes a feeling of dread of the light. The quote: “The sun was beginning to bear down on the earth and it was getting hotter by the minute”, continues this feeling of dread and oppression using the phrase, “bear down”. Meursault refers to time passing in more than one occasion: “…waited so long…”, and “…. by the minute”. The sun, heat, and the passing of time is a common combination throughout the book, especially when pertaining to death. When Meursault kills the Arab, Camus refers to all three of these symbols. They are symbols of death and oppression: “…it was
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Frandina during the Spring '08 term at Johns Hopkins.

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