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The absurd man will not commit suicide he wants to live without relinquishing any of his certainty without a future without hope without illusions and without resignation either He stares at death with passionate attention and this fascination liberates him He experiences the divine irresponsibility of the condemned man Sartre 1943 Mersault is an absurd man He lives his life as though it were almost pointless and conveys very little emotion throughout The Outsider In this sense Mersault seems detached from the world but in actuality Mersault sees the world through a unique perspective He is a truthful man that tells it as he sees it and is honest with his feelings and emotion Emily is an innocent young girl playing houses in the bow and enjoying her fun yet simple life when she suddenly has the realization that she is she Emily is seen like an everyday individual - playing thinking and laughing the day away whereas Mersault is seen as an outsider Mersault shows no signs of sadness when his mother dies and shoots a man simply because he felt like it he had a headache the sun was glaring in his eyes and the man he shot had conflict with his friend Raymond When Mersault is questioned in court he is asked to show some remorse but he doesnt show any even to save his life - he is truthful about his feelings to the end Emily and Mersault are two different people from two very different worlds but both have something in common they both have a sudden realization about life Emilys experience occurs far earlier in her life than Mersaults Emily is ten years old and suddenly realizes that she is alive She suddenly realizes the miracle of life and how she came to be and realizes that she has a full life ahead of her Mersault is much older than Emily but he also has an experience similar to
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