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In order to begin the journey toward awareness an individual must encounter an existential crisis which stimulates him or her to begin introspective thought In Camus The Stranger Meursault experiences existentialism throughout the entire book because he is detached from so many things This detachment causes him to go through traumatic experiences leading up to the end of the novel where he comes to realize what kind of life he lived Similar to John Roths quote Meursault is a strange character looking for the meaning in life yet at the same time abandoning it embracing apathy There are some events in the book that show Meursaults own emotion before he transitioned into an apathetic man Many examples lie in chapter one during Meursaults stay at the Home First was Meursaults decision on whether or not it was proper to smoke in front of his mothers casket Another is during the funeral procession when they are walking Meursault realizes the beauty of nature that surrounded the Home and grew to understand why his mother grew to love the home and her environment A third example is when Meursault feels the need to explain himself to his boss - and almost to the caretaker - about his leaveleaving mother at the Home all alone He apologized to his boss exclaiming that it wasnt his fault his mother died as if he were guilty These three examples showed that Meursault did care in the beginning about life He cared enough to think about things and have a complex about them However during those same events Meursault also showed signs of indifference When his mother died he shows absolutely no emotion from memories of her or just the fact that his mother was dead Since he had put her in the Home he was detached both emotionally and physically from her When she passed away his life really didnt change much During her funeral and vigil he was indifferent
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