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A Comparison Of The Life Of Albert Camus And His Novel "The Stranger".

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The Stranger life of Albert CamusAlbert Camus, the creator behind the theory of "The Absurd"(Hikaru), is a man of unique views. Being raised in a time of controversy and new ideas, Camus quickly was wrapped up by secular views. Camus' belief states that human life has no meaning because in the end there is death, and nothing is of worth or meaning after death. The author has written many novels and essays based on his standpoints (Cruickshank) . No conviction in higher beings has led Camus to portray characters in his novels, of them being The Stranger, to seem to possess the same characteristics as himself. Nevertheless, after research it is concluded that because of his biased writing style, Albert Camus has once again portrayed the protagonist, Meursault, to be a follower in the belief of The Absurd. Because of this one significant similarity, as well as other minor correlations, Albert Camus accurately portrays his life in the novel The Stranger.The book takes place in Algeria slightly before World War II. It is a coincidence that Camus also lived in Algeria pre-World War II before he moved to France to work for the Combat Resistance Network (Ward). Meursault resides near to a coast, where he likes to take walks and swim for pleasure, similar to the author who grew up on the sunny coast of Algeria (Carey 5). The settings of both the book and the author's life are similar.In the book The Stranger, Meursault, the protagonist, receives news of his mother's death. Assumed is the fact that his father is no longer living as well. It seems that he feels a burden of having to grieve over the death, not to be confused with a loss. His mother was seen as worthless, and so he had put her in a home, soon after to forget about her. Meursault is inconvenienced at his workplace because of this meaningless ending to a life. He has no beliefs in supernatural beings and the afterlife, and so he feels no need to remorse over ones death. When he arrives at the home where her body is, the other participants in the burial rituals notice the son of the deceased undisturbed by the events. He seemed as if it was not necessary to participate in the ceremony, which will later be twisted into a conjecture that he is an inhuman...

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