The Stranger, By Albert Camus

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In “The Stranger”, by Albert Camus, the title refers to Meursault, the protagonist, being a stranger to modernized society. Meursault is seen as a stranger to the audience and his community in the way he carries himself in the public eye. The original version of “The Stranger” was written in French, and the title was “L’Etranger”. Directly translated into English, it means “the foreigner”. In a literal way, it makes sense because Meursault is a Frenchman living in Algeria(which the French had colonized at the time). However, in this case, the foreigner carries the same meaning as the stranger because they both stray away from the norms of society.

Meursault appears unusual to both the audience and the other characters in the book due to his severe lack of emotion. When his mother dies,
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At the vigil of his mother’s funeral where it is considered rude to drink, sleep, or eat, Meursault carries all of these frowned upon actions. As the cherry on top, he goes on a date the day after his mother’s funeral. Most people would never dare to achieve personal pleasure in difficult times like these. Audiences prefer characters(especially the protagonist) that they can relate to. Camus makes it impossible for the average reader to show any compassion towards Meursault, thanks to his enraging indifference. Like the audience reading the book, the other characters tend to feel the same way towards Meursault. The only exception is Marie, whose reasons for being attracted to Meursault are unclear. Perhaps, Marie remains with Meursault because she is in a hurry to get married. When the court decides to condemn Meursault to death, their decision is impacted by his personality, not his crime. Due to social inequality at the time between the colonized and the colonizers, the court doesn’t care that Meursault killed an