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This quote represents the life the narrator could lead He could have chosen to live a routine safe life but discovered it did not have significance He also could have chosen to make definite decisions and to take risks but pay for the consequences later Meursault chose to live with both these options while staying a stranger to society The novel begins with Meursault choosing to live a routine life on the edge of society He works goes home and goes out with friends One particular weekend when Raymond invites him to a seemingly harmless weekend at a beach house Meursaults life starts to take a turn towards risky He chooses to get involved in the fight with Raymond He chooses to take the gun from Raymond He chooses to shoot the Arab His choices put him under multiple lawyers magnifying glasses Meursaults choices leave him in the High Tower realizing he did not make the impact he wanted to makeAs Meursault describes the everyday life of Salamano and his dog existentialism does reveal itself Existentialism centers on the meaning of life Salamanos dog serves as Salamanos life purpose Salamano takes out all his anger and pain on the dog making it whimper and cower with fear His reason is Hes always there 28 However Salamanos reason for beating his dog also serves as the purpose for his grieving once it left This dog serves as Salamanos reminder of the past Salamano and his wife truly only tolerated each other They enjoyed having another person around the house It is a marriage of convenience The dog serves the same purpose He keeps Salamano company and gets him through life Once the dog leaves Salamano misses him and tries to find him He does so because going home to an empty house
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