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The Stranger is an exploration of Camuss philosophy of the absurd not a morality tale containing a lesson for the readers moral well-being Camuss philosophy of the absurd characterizes the world and human existence as having no rational purpose or meaning Despite the absence of a rational purpose or meaning human beings demand that there be one He suggests that human beings are thrust into life that can only end in death Meursaults personality embodies this philosophy In keeping with this philosophy Meursaults simple direct reporting of his mothers death and her funeral offers no coherent interpretation that ties his life together in any meaningful way He enters the story without a past and Camus does not use the technique of foreshadowing to hint at the future events of the novel Meursaults dialogue places him firmly in the present He reports his impressions as they happen marveling at the beauty of the day on the morning of his mothers funeral The essential temptation for the reader in The Stranger is to assign cause and effect explanations that mitigate or condemn the overwhelming evidence of Meursaults indifference He expresses no grief in response to his mothers death Rather he attends a comedy and sleeps with a new girlfriend the day after her funeral He expresses no condemnation of Raymonds physical abuse of his mistress and even agrees to participate in Raymonds cruel scheme to punish her for the infidelity of which he suspects her Meursault writes the letter for Raymond not because he is mean but because it makes no difference to him one way or another He experiences neither revulsion nor pleasure Neither does Meursault express any condemnation of Salamanos mistreatment of his dog When Meursault is arrested for murdering the brother of Raymonds mistress in the second half of the novel the court imposes a rational order on the events Meursault reports objectively in the first half Meursault reports that
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