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the-stranger-albert-camusDetachmentMeaningless LifePhysical LifeMeursault, Part 2, Chapter 5 opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.Meursault emotionally distances himself from others because he thinks it is futile for people to form deep attachments.There is no purpose in life; death is the only certainty. Recognizing this fact brings peace.It is important to focus on nature and physical experience; it is the level on which to experience life.SymbolsAuthorThemesCrucifixJuxtaposes belief in a meaningful universe with Meursaults views of the irrationality of the universeSunServes as a hostile force in the universe; symbolizes the common fate of all CourtroomRepresents a society that tries to find a logical reason for Meursault's crimeThe Strangerby the NumbersTimes Meursault shoots the Arab5Languages into which the book has been translated> 60Year Camus received the Nobel Prize for LiteratureAge Camus quit playing soccer due to tuberculosis195717Born in French North Africa, Camus lived his early life in poverty. Tuberculosis forced him to drop out of school, which may explain Meursaults chronic fatigue in The Stranger. Despite its grimness, the novel was extremely popular in Western Europe and helped establish Camus's writing career, which continued with philosophical essays and novels such as The Plague.ALBERT CAMUS 1913–60In pre-World War II Algiers, the Stranger (Meursault) lives a simple life, seemingly indifferent to those around him. With no apparent motive, he kills an Arab on the beach and is condemned to death. During his trial, however, Meursault is tried as much for insensitivity as for murder.A Stranger to SocietyMAIN CHARACTERSRaymondMeursaults neighbor; gives him murder weaponChaplainWants Meursault to seek forgivenessMeursaultEmotionally insensitive, indifferent narrator; tried for murder of ArabMagistrateQuestions Meursault at trial; represents social orderMarieMeursaults girlfriend; wants marriage, conventional lifeFRIENDSIGNORESDISREGARDSLOVERS1942FrenchNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageDramaAlbert CamusThe StrangerSources: Albert Camuss The Stranger: Critical Essays edited by Peter Francev, Camus: The Stranger by Patrick McCarthy, New York Review of Books, New York Times, "Psychological Interpretation of the Novel The Stranger by Camus" by R. Gnanasekaran, University of Chicago PressCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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