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Introduction In Camus novel The Outsider every theme and issue that is present is under-pinned by the writers exploration of the philosophy of the absurd The absurd idea that the world holds no meaning but consists of a series of occurrences because of a coincidental mix of illogical events and the irrational actions of men which hold no deeper meaning that what we can physically sense from each situation A very long sentence but an excellent observation This philosophy is heavy explored though the theme of death and justice through various dialogues and the actions of the protagonist within the novel Set in the conservative society of 1940s Algeria Meursault the protagonist is faced with dealing with death and it is in his reactions towards death that we see Camus exploration of the absurd At his mothers death Meursault is not remorseful or sad at her passing Right just the opposite in fact after her vigil he almost begrudges her passing because It was going to be a beautiful day the day of her funeralId Meursault have enjoyed going for a walk if it hadnt been for mother When Meursault caused the death of the Arab it is a random act of madness and as such he does not feel guilt or shame for the killing as he says rather than true regret I Meursault felt a kind of annoyance Then before his own death Meursault is actually relieved that the date for his death is known As Meursault explains Id Meursault felt feel my heart give this terrifying leap at the thought of having another twenty years to live It is though these reactions of indifference and what could be perceived as cold heartedness towards these three very different types of death reflects the absurd idea This matter of fact reaction towards death illustrates to us the existentialist or absurd reasoning that death is only a part of life therefore
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