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The Stranger | Characters

Character Description
Meursault Meursault, the protagonist, murders an Arab man and is condemned to execution because of his detached behavior. Read More
Marie Marie Cardona is Meursault's girlfriend; she wants Meursault to marry her even though he might not love her. Read More
Raymond Raymond Sintés is a friend and neighbor of Meursault and the source of Meursault's conflict with the Arab. Read More
Maman Maman, Meursault's mother, is dead when the story begins; she is given a funeral, at which her son Meursault acts in an unexpected and detached way. Read More
Magistrate The examining magistrate questions Meursault about his religious beliefs. Read More
Prosecutor The prosecutor builds a case against Meursault and convicts him of monstrous behavior toward his mother rather than for the murder of the Arab. Read More
Chaplain The chaplain attempts to convince Meursault to accept God, thereby causing Meursault to become enraged. Read More
Caretaker The caretaker works for Maman's nursing home and talks to Meursault during the funeral vigil.
Céleste Céleste is a friend of Meursault and the owner of a restaurant where Meursault often eats; Céleste testifies on Meursault's behalf at the trial.
Director The director is in charge of the nursing home where Meursault's Maman lived.
Emmanuel Emmanuel is Meursault's co-worker and friend from whom he borrows a suit for Maman's funeral.
Lawyer Meursault's defense lawyer pleads that Meursault is guilty but offers an explanation.
Little Woman The little woman at Céleste's restaurant piques Meursault's curiosity because of her obsession for routines; she also attends Meursault's trial.
Masson Masson is a friend of Raymond; Masson owns the beach house near where Meursault kills the Arab.
Raymond's Arab Mistress Raymond assaults his Arab mistress, which causes her brother to seek revenge.
Reporter with a Blue Tie During the trial, the reporter with a blue tie makes a sympathetic connection with Meursault.
Salamano Salamano is an old man and neighbor of Meursault, who has a violent but dependent relationship with his dog.
The Arab The Arab is the brother of Raymond's mistress, and he is killed by Meursault.
Thomas Pérez Thomas Pérez is the old, grief-stricken suitor of Meursault's mother.
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