"The Stranger": Analysis


Author: Albert Camus

Pierre Palmer English II. Period #5 Date: 10/4/9

copyright, by Pierre Palmer

I. Biographical Insights

A. Albert Camus\' cultures consist of being a novelist, literature and short
story writer of many books. He wrote an essay on the state of Muslims in
Algeria, causing him to lose his job and he moved to Paris. Albert Camus also
joined the French resistance against the Nazis and became an editor of "Combat",
an underground newspaper. He was dissatisfied with the editorial of the Board
and left the underground newspaper. B. Albert Camus, son of a working-class
family, was born in Algeria in 1913, in an extreme poverty area. He spent the
early years of his life in North Africa, where he worked at various jobs in the
weather bureau, in an automobile-accessory firm, in a shipping company to help
pay for his courses at the University of Algiers. Albert Camus then started
journalism as a career. He finished early schooling, majoring in philosophy
with a goal to teach. He was married to Simone in 1934 and divorced in 1936. C.
The factor that influenced Albert Camus was his parents, who were a working
class family. He was determined to make a better life for himself by getting an
education and preparing himself to go to college. The fact that he lived in
North Africa, he wrote lots of fiction books, dealing with moral problems of
universal importance. 1. I think Albert\'s prospective in life was to just be
able to write books for people that actually would deal with the reality and
difficulty of people facing everyday life. Also, the difficulty of people
facing life without the comfort of believing in God or just having moral
standards. 2. He most likely to weave into his writing the ideal of setting
moral standards and placing the comfort that an individual would need to have in
facing difficulty in his life. He would also set a goal by facing any problems
that may exist in every day living and by placing God into your life, no matter
what the situation might look like, bad or good, you will always come through it.


II. Characters

A. The plot concerns a man, an apparently ordinary man, who, without any real
compelling reason, commits a murder, and his apparently insensitive reaction to
it. This isn\'t because he is without feelings, but because he is beginning to
realize that life isn\'t everything that he had previously thought it to be. This
series of events starts with he death of his mother, and although he loved her,
he finds he does not experience much genuine regret at her death, and refuses to
pretend he does, just for the sake of appearances. So one thing leads to another,
and this man, Meursault, reaches the point where he only seems truly content
when he is close to nature. The irony is that the actual act of murder was
apparently brought on by the oppressive, irresistible force of another of
nature\'s forces and it caused him to be executed. B. The changes that takes
place in Meursault personality is when his mother dies and he realizes that he
has no one that is close to him that he could talk to, even though his mother
was in a senior citizen home. When his mother died, everyone asked him how did
he feel. He said that he felt the same way like the other day. Inside of him,
he really felt like crying, but he just didn\'t show it. I think that was one
of the many things he had to face in his life and the fact that he had other
problems that made him frustrated that he had to deal with. C. The two
characters that played a part in Meursault life are Marie and Raymond. Marie
played the role as being Meursault\'s girlfriend. She was a positive influenced
in Meursault\'s life. She comforted him when he was going through hard times when
his mother died. She was there for him and gave him support. Raymond was
Meursault\'s best friend. Raymond lived up the hall from Meursault\'s apartment.
Raymond was a considerate person and I believed the character he played was
positive. Although, his downfall was that he was always causing some type of
trouble, which could have made in character to also be negative in a way. He was
nice to Meursault. D. The conflicts that Meursault experience was he dislike
Arabs and he was faced with the problem. He expressed resentment and anger
against the Arab. The problem was