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Is there truly any justice in the novel The Stranger written by Albert Camus This is a question that naturally protrudes throughout the novel as it is not abundantly clear what Meursault the protagonist was in fact put on trial for At the beginning of the second part of the narrative it is understood that he is put on trial for the murder of an Arab however it later comes to our attention that the murder was not the primary reason of his trial and perhaps not even an essential one for that matter The fact remains that Meursault was undoubtedly put on trial not for the murder committed but for being the way he was unemotional through the eyes of society which was represented by the jury To the reader it seems only natural that one should be put on trial not for their personality but for the harmful acts that one may commit to another person Therefore the idea is strongly implanted in the novel as well as the mind of the reader that Meursault was put on trial for murder Nevertheless throughout the course of the novel it becomes apparent that he was as a matter of fact not put on trial for the murder of the Arab but instead for acting in such a stoic manner Being the honest straightforward man he was he answered all questions in that same conduct Once Meursault had been appointed a lawyer his lawyer inquired over the events of Mamans funeral Meursault responded rather coldly when his lawyer had asked him if he had felt any sadness that day saying that he probably did love Maman but that didnt mean anything At one time or another all normal people have wished their loved ones dead p 65 This quotation only demonstrates that he was unemotional Now one must ask the following question how does this relate to the murder of the Arab The answer is
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