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Many artists authors and composers have put the beauty and warmth of the sun in their work The Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh created landscapes that expressed his joy with bright sunshine The American poet Emily Dickinson wrote a poem called The Sun in which she described the rising and setting of the sun The Russian composer Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov included a beautiful song Hymn to the Sun in his opera The Golden Cockerel Uniquely Camus usage of the sun opposes its warmth and beauty in The Stranger The sun is a symbol for feelings and emotions which Monsieur Meursault cannot deal with There is a sun motif present throughout the novel which perniciously characterizes the usual fondness towards the sun The sun is a distraction from Meursaults everyday life and he cannot handle it The sun first presents a problem to Meursault at his mothers funeral procession Even before the procession embarks Meursault remarks of the sun calling it inhuman and oppressive Meursault has shown no emotion towards his mothers death and he directs his bottled-up anxiety at the sun To Meursault the sun is an influence on all his senses as he cannot hear what someone else says to him He pours with sweat symbolizing the flow of emotions Meursault constantly thinks about the sun when one would expect him to be mourning his dead mother He says I could feel the blood pounding in my temples which is strong imageryAt the beach with Raymond the sun provokes Meursault to commit a crime He says the sun shattered into little pieces on the sand and water While going to get a drink of water the foreign Arab uses a knife to shine the sunlight in Meursaults face Meursault knew that all he had to do was turn around and walk away His emotions again not shown externally and reserved took over Camus states All I could feel were the cymbals of sunlight
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