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Albert Camus The Stranger explores the causes for Monsieur Meursaults murderous act portraying Meursaults increasing feelings of indifference toward life following his mothers death Meursault becomes ignorant to social values and conventions thinking they constrict him for he veers toward the I dont disrupt what youre doing so dont disrupt what Im doing outlook He is more interested in the simple physical actions rather than emotional feelings because he finds routine and reliance there Physical actions can be consciously controlled but others influence emotions and opinions There are many examples of Meursaults indifference that ultimately culminate into the careless murder of the Arab These include Meursaults unemotional opinion of his mothers life and death his casual continuation of daily routines immediately following the funeral and the apathetic distinction between the physical actions he positively plays out with the people who care about him and the true lack of emotional feelings he has for them These people are Raymond and Marie mostly--people he uses to fill the void his mothers death left Meursault shows indifference toward his mother especially while suppressing the emotional pain derived from the reality of her death Meursaults life is simple and habitual He does not see life as important or complex and he finds pleasure in merely existing rather than living Although he did not loathe his mother before she died Meursault felt like he and his mother had nothing to say to each other displaying where the indifference comes from Meursault claims it had been a long time since shed had anything to say to me and she was bored all by herself 45 He puts his mother in a nursing home taking the physical approach of discarding something troublesome He makes her mothers entrance into the nursing home her own fault He does not see the purpose of presenting himself favorably to others He says Maman died today Or maybe yesterday I cant be sure 1 He does not
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