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In Albert Camus novel The Stranger the main character Meursault displays a unique indifference to his surroundings and the world around him It takes him a degree of time to come to terms with his indifference but when he does he feels truly free from societys constricting bonds He leads an apathetic lifestyle that is characterized by his constant lack of a definitive personality Meursault wanders through life as if in a drunken stupor living the life of a pleasure seeker When he accepts his death he is relieved of the pressure of dealing with guilt and with relationships towards other peopleMeursaults guilt plays a large role in the novel as far as his everyday dealings with his attitude about life in general Meursault feels guilty about not feeling guilty He knows when he enters a situation such as when his mother died he should have felt guilt and remorse but didnt and therefore his emotional state turned to an apologetic atmosphere The concept of Meursault feeling apologetic instead of feeling guilty is illustrated when he is asking for time off from his job to go to his mothers funeral Sorry sir but its not my fault you know p1 He was sorry for leaving work and thus he apologized but then he later reasoned to himself that he knows under the circumstances he had no need to be sorry for asking for a couple days off Meursault later wishes he reconciled with his mother about sending her to a home He was sorry for doing it but director of the home assured him that he had done everything he could have for her in light of his situation With Meursault working in a town a few hours away by bus he was unable to visit his mother as often as he wanted He deemed that he should be upset over her death but realized his getting angered would do no good considering he experienced
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