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Kiss From a RoseRaymond typifies the beast-character in Camus LEtranger He is like Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire T Williams emotional and manly Physical solutions come naturally to him as we see when he mistreats his ex-girlfriend Ideally society is exactly the opposite law and order attempt to solve things fairly and justly I posit that Meursault is somewhere between these two extremes and that this is the reason why he is a societal outcast This metaphor explains his major actions in the book as he struggles to keep his identity his personality comes in conflict with the norms of society and he is shut down Just as an animal sticks to instincts Meursault has a hard time feeling emotions such as remorse or compassion Even the first page shows us this Just as an animal leaves its family when it is old enough never to return when Meursault hears of his mothers death he is unattached even uncaring He had similar feelings when he sent her to live in the old peoples home Meursault has quite a passion for women he starts dating Marie the very day after he finds out of the death But like most animals marriage is basically nonexistent for him though he acknowledges it it holds little meaning When he is isolated in jail he dreams of women not Marie whom he has been seeing for some time but women in general Like an animal he feels the urge to mate without any desire for monogamy An animal has to focus on the present in order to survive and as far as we know doesnt spend much time cogitating about its past Meursault always lives in the present hence his lack of remorse This beast-like quality is one that gets him into trouble in the courtroom for people misconstrue his nature to be that of a cold-blooded calculating murderer Although beast-like Meursault has some human characteristics and these are
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