Stranger
In The Stranger, Albert Camus portrays Meursault, the book\'s narrator and main
character, as aloof, detached, and unemotional. He does not think much about
events or their consequences, nor does he express much feeling in relationships
or during emotional times. He displays an impassiveness throughout the book in
his reactions to the people and events described in the book. After his mother\'s
death he sheds no tears; seems to show no emotions. He displays limited feelings
for his girlfriend, Marie Cardona, and shows no remorse at all for killing an

Arab. His reactions to life and to people distances him from his emotions,
positive or negative, and from intimate relationships with others, thus he is
called by the book\'s title, "the stranger". While this behavior can be
seen as a negative trait, there is a young woman who seems to want to have a
relationship with Meursault and a neighbor who wants friendship. He seems
content to be indifferent, possibly protected from pain by his indifference.

Meursault rarely shows any feeling when in situations which would, for most
people, elicit strong emotions. Throughout the vigil, watching over his mother\'s
dead body, and at her funeral, he never cries. He is, further, depicted enjoying
a cup of coffee with milk during the vigil, and having a smoke with a caretaker
at the nursing home in which his mother died. The following day, after his
mother\'s funeral, he goes to the beach and meets a former colleague named Marie

Cardona. They swim, go to a movie, and then spend the night together. Later in
their relationship, Marie asks Meursault if he wants to marry her. He responds
that it doesn\'t matter to him, and if she wants to get married, he would agree.

She then asks him if he loves her. To that question he responds that he probably
doesn\'t, and explains that marriage really isn\'t such a serious thing and
doesn\'t require love. This reaction is fairly typical of Meursault as portrayed
in the book. He appears to be casual and indifferent about life events. Nothing
seems to be very significant to him. Later on in the book, after he kills an

Arab, not once does he show any remorse or guilt for what he did. Did he really
feel nothing? Camus seems to indicate that Meursault is almost oblivious and
totally unruffled and untouched by events and people around him. He is unwilling
to lie, during his trial, about killing the Arab. His reluctance to get involved
in defending himself results in a verdict of death by guillotine. Had Meursault
been engaged in his defense, explaining his actions, he might have been set
free. Meursault\'s unresponsive behavior, distant from any apparent emotions, is
probably reinforced by the despair which he sees open and feeling individuals
experience. He observes, for example, Raymond cheated on and hurt by a
girlfriend, and sees his other neighbor, Salamano, very depressed when he loses
a dear companion, his dog. Meursault\'s responses are very different, he doesn\'t
get depressed at death nor does he get emotionally involved. He appears to be
totally apathetic. Thus, he seems to feel no pain and is protected from life\'s
disappointments. Sometimes a person like Meursault can be appealing to others
because he is so non-judgmental and uncritical, probably a result of
indifference rather than sympathetic feelings. His limited involvement might
attract some people because an end result of his distance is a sort of
acceptance of others, thus he is not a threat to their egos. Raymond Sintes, a
neighbor who is a pimp, seems to feel comfortable with Meursault. Sintes does
not have to justify himself because Meursault doesn\'t comment on how Sintes
makes money or how he chooses to live his life. Even though Meursault shows no
strong emotions or deep affection, Marie, his girlfriend, is still attracted and
interested in him. She is aware of, possibly even fascinated by, his
indifference. ---- The Sun as a Symbol/Motif in Albert Camus\'s The Stranger

Camus\' usage of the sun opposes its warmth and beauty in The Stranger. The sun
is a symbol for feelings and emotions, which Monsieur Meursault cannot deal
with. There is a sun motif present throughout the novel, which perniciously
characterizes the usual fondness towards the sun. The sun is a distraction from

Meursault\'s everyday life and he cannot handle it. The sun first presents a
problem to Meursault at his mother\'s funeral procession. Even before the
procession embarks, Meursault remarks of the sun, calling it "inhuman and
oppressive." Meursault has shown no emotion towards his mother\'s