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Order in Sartre and CamusNausea by Jean-Paul Sartre and The Stranger by Albert Camus refuse to impose order on their events by not using psychology hierarchies coherent narratives or cause and effect Nausea refuses to order its events by not inscribing them with psychology or a cause for existence and it contrasts itself with a text by Balzac that explains its events Nausea resists the traditional strategy of including the past to predict a characters future It instead focuses on the succession of presents which troubles social constructions such as stories and adventure The Stranger resists traditional categories of order by not dividing Meursaults body and soul or body and mind It denies the order of cause and effect by providing no motive for the murder of the Arab and resists a reductive reading of itself as a case history of a monster The novel contrasts its refusal to interpret with the coherent narrative that the prosecutors create The Stranger and Nausea explore similar strategies as they interrogate ways to view the world without a system of interpretative illusions Nausea refuses to assign order to its events by choosing not to justify them with psychology or cause Roquentin finds himself unable to pick up a piece of paper for no apparent physical reason However he refuses to psychoanalyze the event He writes that he will not traffic in secrets or soul states or to play with the inner life 9 When he cannot pick up the paper he decides that no explanation is necessary he simply decides I was unable 10 By not assigning psychology Roquentin allows the event to have a gratuitous existence Similarly when Roquentin overhears a couple talking the conversation only appears in fragments You know youre mistaken Suzanne is more That may well be my dear that may well be 48 The conversation is a disordered succession of statements each lacking a clear justification for its content Roquentin
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