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Upon first reading The Stranger by Albert Camus one is left with the impression that Mersault is a heartless unfeeling monster However through rereading the novel and thoroughly analyzing the text one unmasks the theme hidden behind Mersaults thought process life is pointless and whatever menial tasks we manage perform in our lifetime mean nothing for in the end we all die anyway A unique one-of-a-kind approach to this theme is used Not only does Camus use an informal and childishly simple dialect but he also uses the lack of strong imagery and personification to illustrate a strong felt indifference towards the world Furthermore Albert Camus repetitively displays the sun as a constant annoyance The sun could be interpreted as a symbol for life Thus through these literary devices or lack thereof Albert Camus is able to convey the belief that life is pointless because we all die in the end One of Camuss most obvious literary techniques is his unique dialect which is apparent in the very first sentence Maman died today3 The utter simplicity of nearly every sentence in the book drills home the blunt and occasionally hidden truth of each fact At the same time however the reader understands the sense of detachment that Mersault experiences He Salamano was with his dog26 This statement is so simple that the reader cannot help but completely understand that it is a simple truth However it has a less obvious meaning that a reader might not understand from a glance but which is understood subconsciously In this sentence Mersault provides no explanation as to why Salamano was with his dog and therefor it is understood that there is nothing out of the ordinary with such a situation This lack of explanation is also what enables the reader to realize Mersaults indifference to the world around him His statements indeed his thoughts are no more complex than a simple calculation or minor observance Mersault observes the
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