Camus Philosophy As Revealed I Essay

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In L'Etranger, Camus uses Mersaults' experiences such as his mothers' death, killing the Arab, the trial, and his interactions with other characters throughout the novel to convey his philosophy, which satisfies all principals of existentialism.To convey his existentialist philosophy, Camus uses the death of Mersaults' mother in the beginning of the novel. On the first page, Mersault is more concerned about the exact time of his mothers' death, and not the fact that he recently lost a loved one. This shows that Mersault feels that there is no reason to mourn for his mothers' death, and also conveys the existentialist idea that reason is powerless to deal with the depths of human life. The fact that Mersault shows no compassion ultimately conveys Camus' philosophy of existentialism. Also, at Mersaults' mothers funeral Mersault does not cry or behave the way that society expects him to act. This is because Mersault is an existentialist, and does not act in the 'appropriate' manner in which society expects, which makes him estranged from the people around him.In the events leading up to the point when Mersault kills the Arab, the heat, sun, and light begin to affect him more and more, at which point his sensual feelings overwhelm him and cause him to pull the trigger and kill the Arab. This part of the novel shows how Mersault is estranged from nature, in the way that for the first time in the novel the sun and his sensual pleasures begin to act against him, and cause him to lose control. During the trial, Camus begins to ridicule the legal system, and make apparent the fact that Mersault is truly an outsider. Camus does this by making Mersault feel as though he is 'out of place' at his trial....

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