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The world we live in is occupied with diverse religions and beliefs referring to how the world operates and the definitions of life itself People of various cultures all possess different views upon life yet the importance of the matter is dealing with the individuals viewpoint People constantly attempt to identify or create rational structure and meaning in their lives manifesting the view that there is no order or value in human life or in the universe Absurdity is the condition or state in which humans exist in a meaningless irrational universe wherein peoples lives have no purpose or meaning In the novel Stranger by Albert Camus the main character is immersed in a world that is full of physical and psychological pleasures Camuss philosophical notion of absurdity depicts absurdity bringing about the irrationality of the universe the meaningless of human life the importance of the physical world and his indifference towards life itself Although The Stranger is a fiction novel it has a sturdy tone of Camuss philosophical notion of absurdity Camus portrays that individual lives and human existence in general have no rational meaning or order But because people have difficulty accepting this notion they constantly attempt to identify or create rational structure and meaning in their lives The term absurdity describes humanitys futile attempt to find rational order where none exists Camus does not directly use absurdity in The Stranger he uses it indirectly throughout the novels progression Meursaults internal and external worlds do not possess any rational order He has no reason for his actions such as marrying Marie or his decision of killing the Arab Society is threatened by Meursaults irrational actions The idea that things sometimes happen for no reason and that events sometimes have no meaning is disruptive and threatening to society In part two society tries to rationalize Meursaults actions Meursaults lawyer and the prosecutor both attempt to provide an explanation of logic reason and the concept
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