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In The Stranger as in all Camus works Camus views on freedom and death one dependent on the other are major themes For Camus freedom arises in awareness of ones life the every-moment life an intense glorious life that needs no redeeming no regrets no tears Death is unjustifiable absurd it is but a reintegration into the cosmos for a free man Until a person reaches this awareness life like death is absurd and indeed generically life remains absurd though each individuals life can be valuable and meaningful to him In a sense The Stranger is a parable of Camus philosophy with emphasis on that which is required for freedom Meursault hero of The Stranger is not a person one would be apt to meet in reality in this respect Meursault does not achieve the awakening of consciousness so essential to freedom and to living Camus philosophy until the very end of the book yet he has lived his entire life in according with the morality of Camus philosophy His equivalent in the Christian philosophy would be an irreligious person whose homeland has never encountered Christianity who upon having it explained by a missionary realizes he has never sinned What is the morality the qualities necessary for freedom which Meursault manifested First the ruling trait of his character is his passion for the absolute truth While in Meursault this takes the form of a truth of being and feeling it is still the truth necessary to the conquest of the self or of the world This passion is so profound that it obtains even when denying it might save his life Second and not unrelated to the first is Meursaults acceptance of nature as what it is and nothing more his rejection of the supernatural including any god Actually rejection of God is not accurate until later when he is challenged to accept the concept Meursault simply has never considered God and religion worthwhile pursuing
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