Character Analysis

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The main character in The Stranger, Meursault is mentally not attached to the world. He is unable to decipher good or bad in his actions. The passing of his mother has no effect on him or a girl’s continuous proposal whom he is very attracted too, also, he murders a man for no apparent reason and does not see anything wrong in doing so. Meursault is seen as a careless monster too society.
At the beginning of this story Meursault is told his mother has passed away. After hearing the news, Meursault does not know how to respond. He apparently has not spoken with his mother in a couple of years after she was put in a home. As he arrives at the funeral to pay his respects, the man who is in charge begins a conversation with Meursault, he starts to space off not listening to a word but simply thinking about how he does not want to be there. After reading this, I got the impression that Meursault is a heartless man.
After dealing with the funeral Meursault heads to the beach, at the beach he sees Marie, who used to work in the same department as him. They get to talking and schedule a date for that night. Night time comes around and on their date Meursault expresses his attraction towards Marie.
When Meursault returns to his apartment after his date with Marie, he runs into Raymond who lives on the same floor as him. Raymond is not well liked because there is speculation around that he is a pimp. Raymond asks him to come over and since Meursault had time to kill he agreed to go over, disregarding the rumors. Meursault and Raymond begin talking and Raymond tells about a story of a women who had cheated on him and he wants to get back at her. Raymond asks Meursault if he would write a letter as Raymond spoke he would write, Meursault agrees because he didn’t see anything wrong with it.
The next day, Meursault and Marie go on another date. Marie proposes too Meursault and he said he would get married if she wanted to. Marie asks Meursault if he really wants to get married and he again answers he will if she really wants too because he does not see a reason not to. They both return to Meursault’s apartment, as they are walking up they hear a commotion coming from...

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