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In two of his greatest works The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus exposes his readers to the existentialistic parts of philosophy The existentialism within his works shapes his characters by determining how they will act and respond to what is going on around them However due to the existentialism the character stands out in a way unique to the characters in that work Meursault the protagonist in The Stranger is an insensitive individual He shows no feelings towards anyone throughout the novel It is this lack of feeling that strongly reflects the philosophy of existentialism Meursault does not feel any sensations a normal human would have with members of the opposite sex nor does anything important seem to interest him This lack of feeling Meursault does realize it is a problem for he states himself I explained to him however that my nature was that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelingspg 65 Meursault also sees no reason for change in his life When his boss asked him whether he would like to move to Paris Meursault responded that people never change their lives that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasnt dissatisfied with mine here at all Another good example would be after Mamams funeral Meursault says that It occurred to me that anyway one more Sunday was over that Maman was buried now that I was going back to work and that really nothing had changed Meursault is very content with his current life He is always happy due to the fact that he has no other feelings so he doesnt have anything to compare to When the priest asks Meursault if he would like a different life his response was that he would like one that would be exactly the same as this current one Work a home and a girl is what Meursault has
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