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Albert Camus The Stranger is about the life of a very complex character named Meursault Meursault is a very stolid person who is not given to shows of emotions He remains this way through most of the book but towards the end he starts to become more feeling He is what would be considered an existentialist a person who relies on their own experience and reason does not defy authority and has no feelings Meursault Metamorphosis from an unfeeling and uncaring person in part one is evidence through his change in attitude towards authority his efforts to develop meaningful relationships and his newly discovered ability to think to imagine and to remember the post and relate it to the present Meursaults attitude in part one changes dramatically in part two with his feelings and attitude towards authority and others In the opening scene of the book the reader finds that Maman died today Or Yesterday Maybe I dont know These are the fist hints about Meursaults character they show him to be almost unfeeling He feels the need to apologize for things that are out of his control and to thank people for things that they had nothing to do with He apologizes to his boss when he asks for two days off work to go to the vigil and funeral and he does not want to pay his last respects To please the Director he agrees to everything the director says even when he told Meursault that his mother wanted a religious burial with a priest he said nothing knowing his mother was not of the religious type and tries to justify his reasoning for putting her in the home When the officer confronts Raymond after beating on his Arab mistress Meursault stays his distance and tells Marie that he doesnt like the police He does these things to avoid authority and stay out of their way In part two his attitude towards
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