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The sun is a powerful and all too-often overlooked symbol in many novels It is usually seen as a guiding light in the dark or as hope in times of despair In the Albert Camus story The Stranger the sun represents a new element Camus a very unconventional thinker twisted the common meaning of the sun into a painful image The sun is on constant vigil of Meursaults every action Ironically the bright light of the sun clouds his thoughts and judgment The sun is personified to represent society which throughout the story frustrates angers and eventually takes control over Meursaults life With the opening of the book Meursault is faced with the death of his mother He must attend the overnight vigil of her body the day before her burial The next day Meursault is to walk her body to her gravesite accompanied by the priest and others assisting in the burial Along his long walk to the church Meursault takes notice to the overbearing heat of the sun The heat is so incredible that his mind is diluted with nothing but thoughts over how unbearable the sun is He forgets all about the reason why he is walking in the heat in the first place While walking the nurse says to Meursault If you go slowly you risk getting sunstroke But if you go too fast you work up a sweat and then catch a chill inside the churchp 17 He reflects upon this and says She was right There was no way outp 17 The observation of his is not over the sun but over what it represents The sun is society to Meursault and if you stick with society by walking slow you are going to get overwhelmed by it This contrasts with walking fast which gets you out of the sun sooner but you will be tired and will feel cold from the sudden lack of sun When you step
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