The Stranger By Albert Camus Essay

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The Word existence comes from the Latin root “ex” out, and sistere from stare, which means to stand (rise up). Existentialism literally means pertaining to existence or in logic, predicating existence. Philosophically existentialism applies to a vision of the condition and existence or lack of one, with God. According to Kierkegaard, Christian existentialism is all meaning and serenity which comes through one’s relationship with God by putting our selves in his hands and finding freedom from tensions and discontent and also praying to him in order to be bless and find peace within our selves. Jean Paul is the hierophant of modern atheistic existentialism and believes that fate is ...view middle of the document...

As for the dog, he’s sort of taken on his master’s stooped look, muzzle down, neck straining. They look as if they belong to the same species, and yet they hated each other. (p.27)
The resemblance between the two comes to be the reason why Salamano beats his dog up. He sees himself in the dog and beats him for being old when in reality he really hates himself for growing old. Thus the dog is a reflection of Salamano. Despite the fact that Salamano takes his emotions and anger out on the dog by beating him, his true feelings for hi come to show when the dog goes missing.
They’re not going to take him away from me, are they Monsieur Meursault? They’ll give him back to me. Otherwise what’s going to happened to me? (p.39)
Even though Salamano’s actions show that he didn’t seem to care about his dog, when the dog runs off he goes to Meursault for help. This proves that he really cares about him because he is concerned about where he may be and he doesn’t want him to be taken from him. Therefore, Salamano’s situation relates to the myth of Sisyphus because Camus states a belief that all of one’s efforts come to nothing. Without his dog Salamano is left all alone to keep growing old and die lonely. He now has to face reality since he can’t beat on his dog anymore.

Later, we meet Raymond Sintes, who is a little on the short side, with broad sholders and a nose like a boxer’s. The word around the neighborhood is that he lives of woman, but he claims to be a “warehouse guard”. For instance we learn that Sintes has a mistress whom he has an affair with and gives money to. He beats her up because he thinks that she’s cheating on him, but has no proof to show it:
What bothered him was that he “Still had sexual feelings for her” But he wanted to punish her. First he’d thought of taking her to a hotel and calling the vice squad to cause a scandal and have her listed as a common prostitute. (p.31)
Sintes wants the mistress to come back, but he wants to punish her first without even being sure if she’s cheating. He seems to have a problem dealing with his own actions and accepting that he’s wrong. He believes he has the right to abuse her and treat her how ever he may please as a way to teach her a lesson. By giving her money or “providing for her” he thinks he owns her. Moreover Raymond’s actions show that he’s a very insecure and childish guy. He wants to be perceived as someone who he’s not, a tough in control he is actually the opposite.
Take that cigarette out of your mouth when you’re talking to me,” the cop said. Raymond hesitated, looked at me, and took a drag on his cigarette. Right then the cop slapped him a thick, heavy smack right across the face. The cigarette went flying across the landing. The look on Raymond’s face changed, but he didn’t say anything for a minute, and then he asked, in a meek voice, if he could pick up his cigarette. (p.36)
This quote is a perfect example to show how Sintes tries so hard to be seen as a...

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