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There are quite a few differences between Meursaults and Raymonds characters that are seen throughout chapters 4 and 5 in the Stranger While Meursault is passive morally indifferent and impulsive Raymond is confrontational hypocritical and thoughtful Firstly Meursault acts passively when Marie asks him if he would marry her His reply to her question was that if she wanted to marry him then he would do it He just went with the flow and agreed to marry her he lacked an active response Unlike Meursault Raymond is very confrontational He deals with situations in a hostile manner which is seen when he abused the Moorish woman Additionally Meursault reactions towards important situations make him appear morally indifferent When he found out that Raymond beat up the Moorish women all he said was how she deserved what she had received Instead of showing signs of disgust or any expected emotion he simply agrees with Raymond and his decision to abuse his mistress On the other hand Raymond is quite hypocritical He behaved cruelly towards his mistress for doing the same thing she had done to him Instead of calling it a truce or leaving her Raymond proceeds to abuse her The fact that he laid his hands on her is one thing but to punish someone for what you already have done is utter rubbish Moreover Meursault is impulsive with his actions He does not plan ahead of time his decisions are based upon his physical needs- hunger thirst and sexual desire Even though His actions may be impulsive they are never aimed to hurt anyone Unlike Meursault Raymond is more thoughtful about his actions Although his actions arent based upon on his best judgement he does plan upon beating the Moorish woman As well as have Meursault write a letter to describe his feelings towards her His actions are deliberate Camus way of contrasting Meursault and Raymond is a way of showing us that Meursault
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