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The Stranger By Albert Camus Essay

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In Albert Camus's famous novel The Stranger there are many out of the ordinary occurrences, the theory of absurdity is thought of quite frequently throughout. The main character Meursault, gets himself into a predicament that develops Camus's philosophy of the absurd. His philosophy is that humans tend to impose a rational order on the world in the face of evidence that the world is absurd. According to Webster's Dictionary the word "absurd means clearly unreasonable" (Webster 4). This means that Camus is saying that all people think there is a certain type of order in a place that clearly has no order. I disagree with Camus' theory. I believe that there is an order to the world and most people do follow that order. It is not absurd to follow what, you feel, is right and it is not absurd to follow what, you know, is socially acceptable. It may not be very individual to constantly follow what is socially acceptable but it is certainly not absurd. If anything is absurd it is the fact that Camus thinks that having an order to daily life is clearly unreasonable.In the novel, The Stranger, Meursault has a bit of "off the wall" luck. In the beginning of the novel his mother dies after living in a home for three years. Meursault goes to the home to attend the funeral but displays no grief and acts as if nothing has happened. This is quite odd considering that that was his mother. Soon after he returned home from his trip to see his mother Meursault, while taking a swim, meets a woman by the name of Marie Cardona, a former co-worker. They spend the afternoon together, and then they see a movie, and then Marie spends the night with him. The next day Meusault stays home and decides that since his mother has died nothing has changed, his life will still remain the same. The next day Meursault meets his neighbor, Salamano, on the stairs of their apartment building, with his dog. Salamano walks his dog twice a day, beating it and swearing at it the whole time.Later that same day, Meursault becomes "pals" with his other neighbor, Raymond, who is a gigolo. Raymond asks Meursault if he could help him with a situation that he has with his mistress. Raymond suspects that his mistress was cheating on him, he beats her, and she leaves him. Raymond still wants her so he asks Meursault to write a letter to her and try to guilt her into coming back to him. When she does return to him, Raymond plans to sleep with her and then spit in her face. Meursault agrees to write the letter and Raymond declares that they are "pals". Raymond's friend, Masson, asks if Raymond, Marie, and Meursault want to come to his beach house, they agree to go. Meanwhile at work, Meursault was asked if he would like to transfer to Paris, he said that it was all the same to him. His boss was disappointed with his lack of ambition. The next Sunday the three did go to Masson's beach house where they met Raymond's mistress' brother, the Arab, and his friend. The two Arabs and Raymond and Meursault...

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