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Are Caulfield of JD Salingers Catcher in the Rye and Meursault of Albert Camus The Stranger existential heroes The more the universe seems comprehensible the more it also seems pointless Steven Weinberg An existentialist is one who acts freely and responsibly accepts the consequences of his actions who lacks any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong good or bad Shaw 148-149Websters defines the philosophy as being centered upon the emotional struggles of individual existence in an unfathomable universe Existentialsim Both Caulfield and Meursault are existentialists independent and godless also existential heroes since despite rejection both successfully convey all aspects of existentialism Society engenders the existentialist conflict between love and hate good and evil Most struggle to find and accept a bridge between the ends of this spectrum so they can become satisfied with life but existentialists struggle in a different way Caulfield struggles by trying to bring a small amount of love into the world of hate only to realize that his attempts are futile and that the world in which he lives is enveloped in inevitable hypocrisy Bruni 2325 People of his community himself and his family term him crazy on numerous occasions Society fears difference and deems him crazy because he refuses to compromise with the world of squalor Bruni 2325 Caulfield hates society for its hypocrisy but knows he is just as much of a phony lying hypocrite as anyone else this realization makes him different from the rest Knowledge is power but because he lacks the ability to change the expectations of the world in order to justly be himself this knowledge is wo rthless His feelings of uselessness cause his unrest When he encounters a young woman whom his older-brother used to date he demonstrates how society forces people to do things they do not wish to do Then she left The Navy guy and I told each other we were glad to have met each other
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