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An Exploration of The Stranger by Albert Camus The Stranger is a book of many facets and meanings most of which are not immediately apparent In fact without in depth analysis the entire point of the book is easily missed The manner of story telling in The Stranger is unique and at first hard to come to grips with It is not the story which is especially complex but the manner in which it is told It is done by a narrator In his telling of his tale he neglects to mention several important aspects of his internal state which after a great deal of speculation seems to be what the book is really about One soon learns that it is exactly that which is most important for complete understanding of the book which is so carefully omitted But these features are not completely forgotten about they are implied and inferred creating the need for careful analysis For example Camus himself on the back cover of the book says the book is an exploration of the nakedness of man faced with the absurd at first glance this book seems to have an almost unhealthy lack of the absurd and Camus statement seems meaningless That is until the book as a whole is explored and one realizes that the lack of such is exactly what is absurd This simple leap of thought if the conclusion is correct is precisely the key to understanding The Stranger It forces one to read between and even through the lines in a search for understanding one comes to see that that which remains unwritten is the most important thing to read in this particular novel The story begins with the death of the central character Mersaults mother That is in fact the first line of the book the statement of this fact It is the deadpan and uncaring manner of this statement that alerts the reader to the
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