The Stranger

The Stranger: Biography

Born in Algeria in 1913, Albert Camus is one of the foremost writers of his era and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He grew up in relative poverty and came to live in France in 1940 having worked as a journalist in Algeria. His career as a writer took shape and …

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The Stranger: Essay Questions

1.  Summarise the events of the vigil and funeral of Meursault’s mother.The novel begins auspiciously as Meursault recounts how his mother died today, or maybe yesterday and immediately he is cast as one who is at least indifferent to the meaning of events surrounding him.As recounted in the court case, he shows little emotion during …

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The Stranger: Themes

AbsurdConcepts concerning the absurd highlight the absurdity of human existence. There is no God or a central meaning to explain why we are here according to these views, but it does not entail that our existence has no meaning. Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus is often regarded as one of the forerunners of this ‘school’ …

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The Stranger: Metaphors

Meursault’s indifferenceThis indifference is evident throughout the novel and one level may be interpreted as cold-heartedness, indifference to the world and even immoral. It may also be viewed as a trope for examining the insignificance of man (and woman) in the light of absurdism. Meursault comes to represent an everyman of sorts, whose apparently honest …

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The Stranger: Characters

CelesteMeursault visits his restaurant regularly. Celeste also acts as a witness for Meursault in court.MarieMarie is Meursault’s girlfriend and is one of his witnesses in court.MassonIt is on a visit to Masson’s beach bungalow that Meursault kills a man. Masson is a friend of Raymond.MeursaultThis is the eponymous anti-hero and first-person narrator of the novel. …

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