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The Outsider by Albert Camus the audience can identify and sympathise with Meursault because his character is portrayed with honesty and without judgement somebody who doesnt conform to societies conventions and is seen as an outcast Ironically it is this naivety that leads to his ultimate demise Meursault tells his story with absolute honesty he accepts without judgement and conforms to conventional behaviours that operate in society which is why he is seen as an outcast An example of this is after he is arrested and interviewed by the magistrate he asks Meursault if he believes in god Mersault is honest and innocently replies no Although being completely honest he is at the same time defying conventional behaviour I see him as a man lacking will and self-determination as demonstrated when asked by his boss if he would take a promotion in Paris he replies he isnt fussed on the idea showing a complete lack of ambition of furthering himself beyond his own existence On the same point he embodies the fact of living his own life on a day-to-day basis without any purpose for the future not only career-wise but also in love by not valuing marriage The other characters in the Outsider are used to contrast his differences from society Marie obviously defines love by marriage which is a huge contrast to Mersaults attitudes towards love Marie represents conventional views as when asked by her if he loves her he casually replies that he doesnt but will marry her to make her happy He also shows a very blas attitude by just accepting situations that present themselves which lack any real purpose Like when he agrees to be Raymonds mate cause he didnt mind and just casually agrees to the situation put forward Meursault passively agrees again to write a letter for Raymond to his mistress the reasoning for this was because he had no reason not to
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