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The Outsider The way some one reads and interprets a text is a reflection of their understanding of the themes of the text and the philosophical viewpoint of the author and of their own philosophical beliefs and values The novel The Outsider by Camus reflects many of the key ideas of existentialism although Camus never used this term himself By researching and understanding the main lines of thought in existentialism one can see the apparent irony and absurdity in the way the main character Meursault lives and behaves in a new light Nonetheless from my personal philosophical viewpoint derived from my Catholic beliefs Meursaults behaviour is objectively immoral and the lack of meaning in his life is truly sad Meursault has no morals or ideas on what is right or wrong To him one moment of pleasure and enjoyment is more important than whatever consequences may come as a result of this or what society would say to this For example the day after his mothers funeral he meets a girl spends the day with her and watches a comedy Later at his trial these events have serious repercussions The oddness of this behaviour as viewed by the jury contributes to him being sentenced to death But at the time conforming to societys conventions of mourning and the consequences dont cross Meursaults mind or at least dont bother him Meursault sees no right or wrong he has no morals whatsoever When he hears about the way Raymond treats women - hed beaten her until she bled - and what he plans to do to his girlfriend - punish her- Meursault doesnt think twice about it being wrong and helps him write a threatening letter to her Because Meursault sees no right or wrong he does not pass judgement on people He never judges the man who beats his dog as being bad or crazy and he never judges Raymond as
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