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Albert Camuss novel The Stranger and Samuel Becketts play Waiting for Godot are both great literary works but has many differences and similarities that distinguish the two These characters are very different from their society and in that same way the are very similar To understand in what ways they are similar there must be and understanding of how they are different from the society in which they live in First of all the major difference from the novel and the play is their desire for Gods salvation Recall when Meursault was in jail he did not want the magistrate to pray for God to save his soul unlike Vladimir and Estagon who waits many years for their god They both live their life for one reason to wait for Godot However to wait for someone who is not going to come is just as pointless as not doing anything at all just like Meursault who lives his life at the spur of the moment Neither of them makes important goals in their lives Meursault can care less about his promotion and Vladimir and Estragon could have done something worth while with the last fifty years of their lives Because of this they found ways of passing time Vladimir and Estragon tries hanging themselves and call each other names while Meursault goes smoking drinking with Raymond listen to Salamando and have casual sex all because they do not have anything else to do They all feel their very existence is insignificant Whether they live or died would not change anything One life is as good as another Vladimir and Estragons expression of their emotions contrast to Meursaults lack of emotions After Vladimir and Estragon fight they resolve their disputes by embracing each other Meursaults honesty prevents him from showing any emotions that he does not have These ways of expressing their emotions reveals their views of
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