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It has been said that Camus was haunted with the notion that our world is a universe which has no place for us in which our life makes no sense The Stranger reflects this philosophy in a myriad of ways Mr Meursalt is the main character He seems to live in his own world socializing with others but not caring too deeply about what happens in his life For example when his mother died his thoughts were Mother died today Or maybe yesterday I cant be sure Pp 1 He did not have any extreme feelings about her death he just accepted it and decided that is was what was supposed to happen He kept himself busy indulging himself in creature comforts like smoking drinking and sex His girlfriend Marie wanted him to marry her and his reply was that if she wanted to get married they would His reflections about it were Marie came that evening and asked me if Id marry her I said I didnt mind if she was keen on it wed get married Pp 52 He didnt seem to care one way or the other His life was full of existentialism for he believed that life just happened nothing you could do would change the future and that everything happened for a reason At several parts in the book Meursalt observes his neighbor walking his dog Salamano would beat his dog it would run ahead and the man would beat and swear at it again Everyday it was the same thing One day Meursalt came across Salamano in the hall Salamano was all distraught because his dog ran away Meursalt could not understand this philosophy because he thought the man hated his dog Why would he be worried about it At the end of the story when Meursalt was going to be executed he pondered his fate He seemed to extricate pleasure from the thought of everyone shouting at
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