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In The Stranger Albert Camus reveals Meursault the books narrator and main character as distant isolated and unemotional He does not think much about events or their consequences nor does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times He displays unconcern throughout the book in his reactions to people and events described in the book After Meursaults mothers death he sheds no tears and shows no emotion He displays limited feelings for his girlfriend Marie Cardona and shows no remorse at all for killing an Arab His reactions to life and to people distances him from his emotions and from close relationships with others therefore he is called by the books title the stranger While this behavior can be seen as a negative trait there is a young woman who seems to want to have a relationship with Meursault and a neighbor who wants friendship Meursault rarely shows any feeling when in situations which would for most people bring out strong emotions Throughout the vigil and funeral of his mother he never cries He is further described enjoying a cup of coffee with milk during the vigil and having a smoke with a caretaker at the nursing home in which his mother died The following day after his mothers funeral he goes to the beach and meets a former coworker named Marie Cardona They swim go to a movie and then spend the night together Later in their relationship Marie asks Meursault if he wants to marry her He responds that it doesnt matter to him and if she wants to get married he would agree She then asks him if he loves her To that question he responds that he probably doesnt and explains that marriage really isnt such a serious thing and doesnt require love This reaction is fairly emblematic of Meursault as described in the book He appears to be casual and indifferent about life events and nothing seems to
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