The Stranger by Albert Camus, Matthew Ward

Saturday, November 12th 2016

This particular book is a novel that I have to read for my college course, thus I thought it would only be right to write my review of this novel here on my blog. So I posted my review from my class to my blog to share with ya’ll.

The Stranger by Albert Camus, Matthew WardThe Stranger by Albert Camus, Matthew Ward
Published by Vintage International on March 13th 1989
Pages: 123
Format: Paperback
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Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in English in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.

In Camus uses existentialism is used throughout the novel to express the truffle and cold hearted nature of human beings, while absurdism show’s how Mersault’s realization of the value of the meaningless of the human life. But before expressing how Camus’s writing style and literary work it’s best to express existentialism and absurdist.

-Existentialism is the usage of multiple points being emphasizing types of philosophy. It’s also can be used  to apply the accepting of death when the time arrives along with the knowledge knowing that the most important questions about the journey of life that in honesty there world has no answer for. In the case of Albert Camus “The Stranger”, the existentialism speaks about exposing the cold nature of how people interact amongst each others. For example, in the novel there is a second beat fight in which Meursault actually  attempts to murder the Arab by shooting him with a gun with Raymond’s gun. Then the Arab then drew the knife and holds it up to Meursault, however Meursault isn’t afraid of facing his own death, only the sun reflecting upon the dagger actually bothered him.”The scorching blade slashed at my eyelashes and stabbed at my stinging eyes”(Camus 59). It was because of Meursault’s uncomfortable that urged him to simple attack the Arab, which eventually led him to be set to jail for murder. “Then he wanted to know if I had hired any attorney (the magistrate).I admitted I hadn’t and inquired whether it was really necessary to have one”(Camus 63). Why would Meursault need an attorney? Since the case was very simple Meursault did not understand why he would even need a attorney for a case that was simple to him. He murdered a man. Now he was ready to pay for his actions without freight. The choice of murdering the man was an easy choice to make, even thought it was a moral wrong chose,however Meursault has accepted it and more than ready to go through with the out coming his decision has lead him. It’s not that simple, we all know from reading “The Stranger” that Meursault is eventually sent to jail for murdering the Arab, but the setting and the placement are all important to understand the vital piece that this book gives when compared to the fact that “The Stranger” speaks more about the French colonizing Algeria in 1830.

Why did a young clerk working for a shipping company in the 1940s Algeria do such a thing? This novel is really about the value of “character”. It’s due to Meursault’s character that resulted him to go to jail, for his lack of faith in the religious sense as well as his personal character. Another example of character is Ramyond abusing his Arab girlfriend because “character” is very important part of the law system during this time as well as placement for this  novel.

-Raymond’s girlfriend is Arab

-Raymond’s girlfriend cheated on him

-Therefore the Arab girlfriend deserved to get abuse in the eyes of the law.

Same break down for Meursault

-Meursault is Cold and Heartless

-There fore he deserves to be sent to  the guillotine.

The story never really address why Meursault’s murdered the Arab and it seems not to matter to anyone in the novel. The real answer to this unanswered question in the book is the same issues we have today “racism”. Looking at a brief from history of the French began “colonizing (which was truly “invading”) Algeria in 1830, gives us the world of Meursault’s a French territory.In Meursalt’s mind the French to be the superior race,thus making Arabs less than. That’s hurting/killing an Arabs,is a very minor offense  compared to not obeying the French/Christian customs. I believe by the end of the novel when Meursaults speaks about his own guilt he’s truly confessing more than just one simple murder.

“And I felt ready to live it all again too. As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself-so like a brother, really-I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again”(Camus 122-123). Meursault realizes the absurdity of the existence of what the universe has accepted as his fate.

In conclusion, Albert Camus clearly portray s his ideas of existentialist characteristics along with the actions throughout the literary working by publishing “The Stranger”. Also by the end of the novel Albert Camus  reveals his idea of what absurdity towards the end of the novel showing Meursault comes to accepting his “absurd” position not only in life but in the universe and will not find happiness within it, thus Meursault accepting his death and his place in death.

Work Cited

Camus, Albert, and Matthew Ward. The Stranger. New York: Vintage International, 1989. Print

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