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In the novel The Outsider written by Albert Camus the protagonist Meursault commits murder to a man known as the Arab for no apparent reason and struggles against societys attempts to explain for his attitudes and actions Albert Camus sets the novel in Algeria during the time when Arabs were natives and the French began invading Meursault is an emotionally detached character amoral and honest Meursault shows emotional detachment when his mother passes away during the trial and in his general narration Early on we learn that Meursault receives a telegraph informing him that his mom died Generally a mothers death is an event that would be very significant for most people but it does not matter to Meursault at least not on a sentimental level The novels opening lines Mama died today Or maybe yesterday I dont know p 9 introduces Meursaults emotional indifference Oddly to the reader he does not express any remorse upon learning of his mothers death nor does it have an impact on him Rather it is the physical surroundings of the heat dashing jolting and smell of petrol p 10 that bothers him After all he does admit to the lawyer that his physical needs often distorted his feelings p 65 Simply he does not care that is mother is dead Secondly Meursaults narration is limiting to his own thoughts and perceptions As well his descriptions of others lack an attempt to understand their views and feelings His curt sentence structure and repetitious choice of dry words It was very hot p 9 I walked it p 10 and It was true p 11 add a monotone and dull feeling to the reader which does not portray a very interesting character However though we see Meursault as one that does not care it intrigues the reader more as it not a common personality we meet every day With the exception of Meursaults exceptional truth he is neither
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