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How can there be intertextuality between The Stranger and anything else within this universe Camus would think it absurd The mere idea that an absurdist novel could have a connection with something other than itself seems pure rebellion against its core philosophic principles Can one not see the inescapable irony created within the task of finding such intertextuality But if a connection must be made what then should it be made to The clear answer is nothing In Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett nothing is accomplished by Vladimirs and Estragons waiting for Godot In Albert Camus The Stranger Meursaults feeling of nothingness apathy lack of hope and disconnection to the world is why his life simply passes before him It is this intertextuality between Godot and The stranger that of nothingness the lack of hope and ambition to take action in ones life that ties the two works hand in hand in an existential matrimony of Meursault Estragon and Vladimir Through The Stranger Camus expressed the belief that People want and need a basis for their lives and values but that the world offers them none Camus showed that there is no overarching value system a person cant make everyday value judgments but is adrift in a meaningless world The inevitability and finality of death adds to the absurdity of life in Camuss view Meursault may be seen as an embodiment of Camuss outlook Life for him has little meaning on a deeper level and he is not concerned about making value judgments or assessing right and wrong Yet at the end of The Stranger Meursault draws some order out of life In an impassioned speech to a chaplain who has been trying to convince him of the validity of the traditional Christian outlook Meursault says life may have no deeper meaning but he indicates that he feels close to others who share lifes predicament Through this feeling of solidarity Meursault
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