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The Stranger By Albert Camus Alienation from Others p.5: “And also because it took up my Sunday – not to mention the trouble of getting to the bus, buying tickets, and spending two hours traveling.” #1: Meursault's words here show great reluctance and agitation at any prospect of interacting with another human being. In this instance he is alienated from a figure who to most humans is beloved, his mother. He is unwilling to make any sacrifices to see her. #2: This resistance stems from his beliefs that life is meaningless and therefore interaction with others, even his own mother, is unnecessary. This alienation contributes significantly to his overall demise. #3: He realizes that the only feelings towards his mother are those of indifference. Since to him the world is nothing but meaninglessness, his mother therefore is also meaningless to him. p.35: “A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn’t mean anything but that I didn’t think so.” #1: Meursault is alienated as he is emotionally detached and indifferent to Marie. He is completely oblivious to Marie’s loving emotions towards him and replies with blunt honesty. #2: His flouting of Marie’s emotions further highlight his dehumanized character. #3: As he is alienated from Marie, a symbol of society, he has learned that marriage and love are categorically meaningless. p.45: “He said he supposed I must be very sad since Maman died, and I didn’t say anything.” #1: He is alienated from any emotions that he is naturally expected to feel at a loved one’s death. This lack of empathy stems from his dehumanized character. #2: Due to his hollow and emotionless heart, he is unable to express any emotions for his dead mother. #3: This shows to him that his mother was only a small and insignificant part of his life and whose loss is not even worthy of pity. p.56: I went with him as far…I just stood thereat the bottom, my head ringing from the sun, unable to face the effort it would take to climb the wooden staircase and face the women again.”
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#1: Meursault is deeply affected physically by the sun and disgusted at the prospect of seeing the women again because he is indifferent and emotionless towards any other human beings. #2: This alienation from the women will drive him to walk away and eventually encounter the man whom he kills. #3: It shows him that women, and humans in general, are not worthy of being interacted with. p.65: “I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings.” #1: He is alienated as he from his mother even when she has died, as his physical needs “[got] in the way of [his] feelings.” Since he is indifferent and emotionless, the enormity of his mother’s death is clouded by his alienation from her. #2: His lack of empathy for his dead mother solidifies the fact that all feeling is
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1 taught by Professor S during the Spring '11 term at Texas Tech.

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