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Quotes From The Stranger Essay

796 words - 4 pages

1.“ Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: “Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.” That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.”- p.3
It shows Meursault’s absurdity on his life and emotional difference and separation to people as well. He felt nothing special about his family’s death and it shows he is apathetical person. He thinks differently compared to way we mostly think about the death and this is part of alienation.

2. “That’s when Maman’s friends came in. There were about ten in all, and they floated into the blinding light without a sound. They sat down without a single chair creaking. … But I couldn’t hear them ...view middle of the document...

5. “The sun glinted off Raymond’s gun as he handed it to me. But we…….either shoot or not shoot.” –p.56
His indifferent way of thinking and idea leads alienation to him. In general, people who stands in front of two contradictory choices, then they would rash to make determination. However, Meursault’s case, he thinks and acts very rationally.

6. “At first, I didn’t take him seriously. I was led into a curtained room. There was a single lamp on his……it all seemed like a game to me.” –p.64
Meursault can’t take the meeting with investigator seriously. He doesn’t feel any guilty but the sort of excitement because he mentioned that investigation is seemed like a game. It is difficult for him to rethink himself as the criminal.

7. “Then, I don’t know why, but something inside me insulted him and told him not to waste his prayers on me….” –p.120
While Chaplain cannot escape from the death, Meursault accepts the upcoming death without any doubts. Chaplain’s world is meaningless without Christianity but Meursault has no such reliable thing in his life.

?8. “He didn’t understand me and he was sort of holding it against me. I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like...

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