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The Theme of Isolation in Waiting for Godot and The Stranger Isolation is not a unique theme in novels or plays It may be found under many different guises Isolation can be physical determined by concrete boundaries emotional or spiritual Race social development and even personality can cause isolation Waiting for Godot and The Stranger display varying degrees and types of isolation The objective of this essay is to analyze the effects of isolation on the characters and the type of isolation in each In The Stranger the character Meursault a young man who lives alone in an apartment and is blunt and emotionally detached which only adds to his isolation Meursault is intelligent and educated holding a steady job to which he is extremely dedicated Most chapters begin with a reference to work At the beginning of chapter two Meursault was concerned that his boss would be upset that he missed work to go to his mothers funeral Chapter three began I worked hard at the office today 25 Meursaults job means a great deal to him We may infer that he is skilled at his profession as his boss asks him if he would like to work in Paris Although Meursault is bright he lacks the skills of social interaction He refuses to ask questions not due to timidity but rather from disinterest When he is asked a question he answers without genuine interest almost harshly When Marie asks him if he loves her he tells the reader I told Marie it didnt mean anything but that I didnt think so Marie looked sad 35 These qualities create a deep chasm which separates him from building healthy relationships and interacting with the bulk of society Meursault lacks emotion and can be lazy which are major weaknesses An example of this is when his lawyer and the magistrate are interviewing Meursault in regards to his crime His lawyer expects
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