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The Stranger is a book of many facets and meanings most of which are not immediately apparent In fact without in depth analysis the entire point of the book is easily missed The manner of story telling in The Stranger is unique and at first hard to come to grips with It is not the story that is especially complex but the manner in which it is told The story begins with the death of the central character Mersaults mother The narrator never says that he is not overly distraught over his mothers death but it is implied through the language he uses when talking of this event Maman Mersaults mother had been living at an old peoples home in Marengo for the last few years of her life and Mersault must catch a bus there to go to her funeral He catches the bus for the eighty-kilometer ride at two oclock in the afternoon While on the bus he falls asleep for most of the ride Once at the home he meets the director who asks Mersault if hed like to see his mother Mersaults only response is to get up and follow the director to where her coffin is When he comes to his mothers coffin he chooses to have the lid left on This surprises the caretaker and becomes very important later on in the book Mersault and the caretaker then proceed to have a fairly amiable conversation smoke some cigarettes and drink some coffee Mamans friends in the home then arrive and most of them are very distraught crying howling and being very demonstrative of their grief At the funeral Mersault doesnt cry or shows signs of great emotion and the funeral proceedings quickly become a blur to him He is asked if his mother was very old and he replies that yes she was while secretly knowing that he didnt know her exact age After the funeral Mersault has a
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