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In Letranger an existentialist novel written by Albert Camus the reader begins to discover that women are treated abusively or poorly The main character in Letranger Meursault views women as lesser than men which ultimately conveys how women were thought of in Africa for that time periodIn the second chapter the reader first begins to get an idea of Meursault character and his feelings towards women After swimming with Marie Cordona who once worked as a typist at Meursault office he invites her to the cinema This is very inappropriate as his mother had died only a few days earlier During the film Meursault proceeds to fondle Maries breasts and eventually kisses her Shortly after the movie Marie comes with Meursault back to his flat This shows that Meursault thinks that women are merely in his life for pleasure and no greater meaning such as loveOn page 38 Marie asks if Meursault loves her and he simply told her that it didnt mean anything but he didnt think so This emphasizes how Meursault does not believe in love and does not like Marie for anything but a physical relationship and possibly and as something to do The way in which Meursault feels about women is not uncommon for this time period as there were much more important things in life such as holding down a job and a daily routine than things such as loving someone Most men in Algiers at this time only lived their lives and did not think that women could be anything greater than an object or for physical reasonsAnother example of how Meursault does not consider women as equals but as lesser people is when Marie asks if Meursault wanted to marry her Meursault responds by saying that didnt mind and that they could if she wanted to She then goes on to ask if he loves her and again he says that it didnt mean anything but he probably
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