• Society often punishes those who lurk outside of its moral code, although any one of its principles holds, at best, relative truths.
• No one life takes precedence over another, for each one is governed by chance and the meaning humans contrive from it is often arbitrary.
• Individuals are prone to wage wars against indifference, although an acceptance of the world’s passivity often leads to a sense of fulfillment beyond that of religion or social justice.
• Acknowledging the absurd means also accepting human frailty, an awareness of our limitations, and the fact that we cannot help wishing to go beyond what is possible.
- two equal parts, highlighting central shift in Mersault’s life
- strict focus on deaths in sequential order with Maman’s funeral, murder of Arab, and death sentence
- episodic chapters
- minimalistic writing style- emotionally detached and objective, although first-person
- focus on narration, as a character-based Picaresque novel
- Ex. Lawyer talks in place of Mersault
- prison walls (death) –
- court room (society)