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Unformatted text preview: blindly into the future frustrates him and makes him realize that his emotions are here and now, and that they exist, and that that is meaning in itself. With this realization, he bursts; and notices how others are living in comparison to him. He never does this before in the book; he simply states his physical feelings, and desires, and narrates that way. This is an important shift, and Meursault’s statement about the chaplain articulates this. This moment is a struggle between religion and existentialism. One cannot hold both ideologies because they contradict each other so blatantly. If one believes in G-d and an afterlife, one cannot value time on earth as one’s true and only existence, and therefore is living like a dead man, but if one is an existentialist, then the only time one has is on earth, and that is very limited and cannot feel void of meaning. This moment catches this controversy and holds it up for criticism....
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- Spring '08
- Existentialism, English-language films, Meaning of life, Feeling, Elizabeth Katzki Meursault