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Maman died today Or yesterday maybe I dont know are the first statements made by the protagonist Meursault in Albert Camuss The Stranger One finds this a very peculiar way to speak of a mothers passing Meursault however finds his statement perfectly normal because he is not sure which day his mother died he feels this is a perfectly logical statement This quote is just one of the many examples of how Meursault is not a normal person in societies eyes Meursault in fact is a man who refuses to play the game Meursault never really visited his mother Maman while she was alive although he knew she was going to die eventually When Maman dies Meursault sees the services as a mere formality dictated by society He feels that the services are something that he has to attend Although Meursault does not remember his mother as religious per her request there is an all-night vigil held for her During this vigil Meursault thinks very little about his mother Instead he notices the people in the room he makes crude observations about them and he sleeps These actions are not commonplace at a vigil for ones mother The next day is the funeral The funeral is yet another formality As Meursault is on the trip to the cemetery he takes notice of his mothers dear friend a friend he has never met Meursault notices how this friend is constantly falling behind the hearse during the ride Despite his observations he does not do anything to help the man or solicit help from others As for the funeral he does not seem to feel anything regarding the loss of his mother In fact he does not shed a tear He makes a few random observations such as Then there was the church and the villagers on the sidewalks the red geraniums on the graves in the cemetery etc and that is all that he says about
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