"The Stranger" Having Power Takes Responsibility.

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Throughout the novel "The Stranger", by Albert Camus, Meursault lives a life with no passion or hope that could possibly disappoint him and still managed to meet a tragic end from unfortunate circumstances. He lives a life only because it is given to him and not to fulfill his purpose. He leads a very quiet life until the day he commit's a murder. Meursault's action of shooting the Arab is the turning point in which at that moment, he will live a life of regret and hopelessness. Their are 2 parts in the novel. 1st part of the novel is Meursault's life after the death of his mother. 2nd part of the novel is Meursault's life in prison after shooting the Arab. Through the use of symbolism, irony and imagery, Camus creates a tone in which the protagonist Meursault, undergoes an outside force controlling to take less responsibility of his actions, in which as it goes through the end, he ends up living a life of burden and comes across a point in which he can no longer live and be part of a society.Albert Camus uses the sun as a symbol of a force onto Meursault overpowering him physically. As the heat rises and the sun is glaring, the heat shatters his balance and blinds his conscience. It was when Meursault was standing on the beach, the sun "[started] this burning, which [he] could't stand anymore, and that made [him] moveforward." Meursault is controlled by the sun. He had given up his self-control causing him to reject the responsibility of his actions. The motif of the sun bothering Meursault is stopped after he releases the trigger to shoot the Arab. After "[shaking] off the sweat and sun," he gains consciousness and realizes what he has done and that it will have a huge effect on the future that lies ahead of him. The inner forces of the sun had controlled the way Meursault had reacted in the incident with the Arab. Another example of symbolism is "the sea carried up a thick, fiery breath." The fiery sea is symbolized death. Sea usually drowns people and takes their breath away resulting to death. The fiery breath of the sea is also the same as the water itself. Fire also takes breath from others by consuming the oxygen. As a result, Meursault needs to get a firm grasp of his life and make the right choices of not only escaping the choice of death, but to realize the responsibility of the cause and effect of the decision that he will make in his life.Throughout the entire passage, Camus uses irony to reveal the...

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