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In every society it is important for individuals to adhere to a set of principles in order to maintain order In Dostoyevskys Crime and Punishment and Camus The Outsider however both protagonists ignored the values of their society Raskolnikov and Meursault felt their own beliefs were significant and through their actions they were able to express them As a result one man was judged as a social deviant while the other man suffered psychologically Through dealing with this strife Raskolnikov and Meursault gained a better understanding of their values and personal worth In the beginning both men rejected the fundamental values of society and formed their own ideologies Raskolnikov for instance believed that we have to correct and direct nature But for that there would never had been a single great man1 In fact he had written an article titled The psychology of a criminal before and after the crime It stated that ordinary men live according to the law and exist only to reproduce the human race yet extraordinary men may break laws if in his own conscience it is necessary to do so in order to better mankind2 Raskolnikov believed that indeed he was an extraordinary man3 but like Meursault his beliefs were untested As a result he murdered an old pawnbroker women in order to prove himself Meursault as well acted against the social norm For example even though it was expected of a son he did not show sorrow at his mothers funeral4 He did not think this was shallow however he just refused to falsely show emotion when he did not feel any I realized that Id managed to get through another Sunday that mother was now buried that I was going back to work and that after all nothing had changed5 In addition Meursault felt that nothing really mattered6 He was willing to be transferred to the Paris branch of his office but Algiers would
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