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The Stranger Part One QCC - believes in the inflexibility...

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Karthik Patange September 26, 2007 The Stranger: Part One: Reading Log Quote: “I said that people never change their lives, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn’t dissatisfied with mine at all….I couldn’t see any reason to change my life….I wasn’t unhappy.” (41) Context: Meursault’s boss offers him a position in a new office in Paris. Meursault replies that it is all the same to him, that he didn’t care whether he went to Paris or not. His boss becomes angry at his listlessness and his lack of ambition. Meursault realizes that he used to have ambition as a student, but that none of it really mattered. Commentary: Meursault’s response to such as delightful an opportunity as going to Paris shows how he
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Unformatted text preview: believes in the inflexibility of human existence. By saying that “one life was as good as another,” Meursault expresses how even though its components may change, one’s life still remains constant. Meursault thinks that life is essentially equal for everybody, and, therefore, does not place any judgement on his actions or words. This statement also reveals Meursault’s consciousness: a refusal to adhere to the accepted moral order of society. Meursault is neither moral nor immoral. Rather, he is amoral-he does not make the distinction between good and bad in his own mind. He believes that human life as having no essential purpose or meaning...
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