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Meursault is a man who will not lie to himself He will not feign emotion noruse religion as a vehicle to give his life meaning Meursault has a passion for the truthwhich opens the revelation for all humanity life is absurd it is mans mortalresponsibility to be committed to himself for death is absolute and inevitable In AlbertCamus The Stranger his behavior and characteristics display him as an immoral manexpressing indifference towards societys formulas for normalcyThe lack of emotion Mersault has concerning the death of his mother is anexcellent portrayal of his beast-like immoral character Meursault defies the customarycode of behavior by refusing to see his mothers carcass and instead he fell asleep andaccepted coffee and cigarettes at the vigil Additionally he does not honor a period ofmourning In place of mourning Meursault goes swimming sees a comedy film with agirl then proceeds to take her home and make love to her Mersault doesnt evenremember anything about the funeral except for something that one of the nurses hadsaid If you go slowly you risk getting sunstroke But if you go too fast you work up asweat and then catch a chill inside the church page 17 The fact that this and severalother images are his only memories of his mothers funeral show his lack of emotion andreguard for subjects that are deemed important by the majority of mankind Theseprominent disrespects to the accepted regulations of society are what unmistakablydenounce him at the trial society fears apathy and condemns Meursault in order topreserve the towns feelings of comfort that is maintained by communal order andMeursault is also a stranger to behaving in a gregarious manner andconforming to social formalities His so-called friend Raymond invites Meursault to hisapartment to have blood sausage and wine then goes on to tell Meursault about his Arabgirlfriend and how he beat her because she was cheating on him He wants to disciplinethis girl by means of chastisement even though he still
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