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ESSAY THE STRANGER Alejandra Rojas Bogot - Colombia March 4 2003 English Colegio Campoalegre OUTLINE IIntroduction IIMeursault as an insensible man IIIIndifference and how it was seen by society IVThe trial VThe verdict-conclusion Society has a series of parameters and ways of acting according to the situation If you dont act as youve been expected to you get rejected and are catalogued as insane and seen as a strange creature This was the case of Meursault a man that didnt see the need of acting the way he was supposed to and for this he was condemned to death As the title of the book indicates Meursault was a stranger in the eyes of society and in the eyes of the reader Throughout the book Camus shows different common situations using the first-person point of view that make the reader anticipate what is going to happen next but then Meursault does the opposite most of the times With this Camus makes the reader comprehend how the character was seen by the rest of the people at the time Meursaults actions give him the appearance of a man without feelings that cant express emotions as seen when he was asked about the death of his mother Mother died today Or maybe yesterday I dont know Camus pg 9 He never talked about the effect of the news about the loss of his mom he only showed irrelevance to it talking about the uncertainty of the date Why ruin the rest of your life because a mother who you really didnt care about anymore had died Why shedding false tears when you didnt feel sadness After the funeral his is also indifferent to the situation He says I thought to myself
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