Counting Stars, By One Republic And Albert Camus’ The Stranger

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In a simple style of words and language, Camus masterfully molds a novel through the narrative of a single man: Meursault. Taking place in the 1940’s, his book, “The Stranger” written through the first-person narrative of its protagonist, Meursault, that allows the reader to fully understand his actions and character. Throughout his narrative, Meursault’s character develops from part one to part two, emerging from an indecisive person lacking emotions to an existential character who ultimately accepts his death. “Counting Stars”, by One Republic was not inspired by or created with the purpose to describe Meursault. However, with deeper analysis of the lyrics, a relation can be found between the meaning of the lyrics and Meursault’s unique character. Contained within the song are words that accurately portray the narrative’s amoral character, reaction to his verdict, and development of existential qualities followed by a peaceful acceptance of his death.
Meursault’s character lacks the emotion and morals that are expected in society, as portrayed in the song “Counting Stars,” specifically in the paragraph in the first verse beginning with “I feel something so right...”. The singer describes his feeling as “I feel something so right/ By doing the wrong thing/ And I feel something so wrong/ By doing the right thing”. This verse portrays a message of mixed morals and an uncertainty of what is right and what is wrong in the world. Similarly, Meursault is a character who - although seems to seems to lack morals - simply has a different perception of morals and values. During his trial, the opposing lawyer creates an argument against Meursault by judging his actions as moral or immoral. He declares Meursault “had no place in society whose most fundamental rules [he] ignored and that [he] could not appeal to the same human heart whose elementary response [he] knew nothing of” (102). His whole argument is based off the amoral character of Meursault. His action of putting mother in a home, his lack of emotion at the funeral, and his decision to meet a girl the day after the funeral and watch a comedy are the foundation of the lawyers argument for proving Meursault supposed immorality. Yet these arguments themselves are absolutely absurd; meaning that is not there is created by the lawyer in comparison to societal standards. Instead, Meursault explains, “my nature was such that my physical need often got in the way of my feeling” (65) This unique characteristic has presented itself several time throughout Meursault narrative: the sun’s heat during the murder, Meursault’s hunger that drove him to converse with Raymond, and Meursault sexual relations unfazed by his mother’s death. In correlation with the lyrics, Meursault’s actions that “feel something so right” are those that make him happy, and the things that society expects him to do makes him “feel something so wrong”, for he does not live a life controlled by the expectations of others.
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