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  1. Two major elements in the Novel
  2. Character - Meursault
  3. Meursaults way of illustrating the theme of absurdity of life
  4. Conclusion

I feel that in this novel there are two major elements that stand out from all of the rest. First and foremost, there is Meursault, a shipping clerk and main character, with so many oddities and fascinations that it is hard to not try to figure him out. He has no substance in his life and does not really care, which brings us to the theme of the absurdity of life. To Meursault, life has no meaning, and that is very intriguing to me. I wonder how he can go through life not believing in love or emotions for that matter. This is why I have chosen to examine Meursault first and then try to understand why he does not care about anything.

[...] Even when he kills the Arab he shows no remorse. The only time he has shown any type of reaction to a situation in this novel is when he attacks the chaplain in the prison. That is the only time that he shows any kind of emotion towards anyone, even inside himself for that matter. Meursault is not always considered a bad person. It has been said that some even think of him as a heroic figure because he refuses to disguise his feelings while at trial for killing the Arab, but then again he did lie about the letter to Raymond's girlfriend, which then caused her to get beat up, and then caused him to kill the Arab. [...]


[...] Book review - The Stranger I feel that in this novel there are two major elements that stand out from all of the rest. First and foremost, there is Meursault, a shipping clerk and main character, with so many oddities and fascinations that it is hard to not try to figure him out. He has no substance in his life and does not really care, which brings us to the theme of the absurdity of life. To Meursault, life has no meaning, and that is very intriguing to me. [...]

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