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The Stranger World Literature Reading 1Camus Albert The Stranger Trans Matthew Ward New York Random House Inc 1989 2Albert Camus wrote The Stranger He was born on November 7 1913 in Algeria and he died on January 4 1940 in an automobile accident His itinerant agricultural laboring father died in World War II in the Battle of Marne His illiterate charwoman mother soon suffered from a stroke after her husbands death permanently impairing her speech While growing up Camus suffered from tuberculosis ending his athletics participation A lyc scholarship gave him the opportunity to study from 1924 to 1932 He held various jobs working for places such as the weather bureau and automobile accessory firm He lived in a house with his mother brother maternal grandmother and paralyzed uncle Poverty and illness plagued Camus and appeared in The Stranger Camus became a political journalist writing in an anti-colonialist newspaper and for the anti-German resistance movement Later he edited the Combat an important underground newspaper During World War II while in Paris he developed and coined his philosophy of the absurd life having no true meaning A large influence on him and his writing was World War II with Hitler and the Nazis slaughtering millions of people during the war Numerous aspects of Camuss life drove his writing toward the morbid 3The main character in The Stranger is Meursault Meursault shows no emotional connection to the world around him He is a solitary figure In the beginning of the novel his mother dies and he shows no remorse He does not want to view his mothers dead body and smokes in front of her body The environment around Meursault affects him the most Often times he escapes from the real world because of the heat and his personal comfort fully encompasses his mind He repeatedly reacts before he thinks Meursault does not seem to be a realistic character because of his irrational
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