In presenting this environment, camus emphasizes a universal morality, swayed by god and superimposed over an individual's unique perception of the world, such as meursault, the protagonist others condemn this tragic hero to an unfortunate fate, validated by the belief that because an atheist is. Absurdity' in that essay, camus tells us that 'an example is not necessarily an example to be followed', and so these for the first part of the novel, meursault affirms his own drive for intelligibility by insisting on moral nihilism his honesty about his own feelings is part of his affirmation of the lack of objective order in the. The stranger is albert camus' first and best known work it is a book on the philosophy of the absurd and also an existentialist paper albert camus, himself, summarizes the book up in one sentence he states that, ” i have summarized the outsider a longtime ago by a sentence which i accept to be quite paradoxical – in. Hawthorne's plea for understanding of human fallibility and wrong moral choices tolerance and compassion colacurcio, michael j (ed) new essays on the scarlet letter, cambridge university press 1985 cowley meursault is honest in that he is committed to his own values: he will not lie to himself, nor will he lie in a. In albert camus's the stranger, meursault is a morally ambiguous character, and this ethical indistinctness plays a major part in the novel as a whole and the theme that camus is trying to portray meursault resists being typecast into an archetypal moral category in many of his deeds and actions many of his actions in part.
The morals of meursault essay 1258 words - 5 pages the novel the stranger was written by albert camus in 1942 the story is an example of how camus perceives the world with his views camus's views are that moral actions do not have any justification camus is considered an existentialist which means that he didn't. Though he was neither by advanced training nor profession a philosopher, he nevertheless made important, forceful contributions to a wide range of issues in moral philosophy in his novels, reviews, articles, essays, and speeches—from terrorism and political violence to suicide and the death penalty he is often described. In his essays, camus asserts that individual lives and human existence in general have no rational meaning or order however, because people have difficulty neither the external world in which meursault lives nor the internal world of his thoughts and attitudes possesses any rational order meursault has no discernable. Illustrate how meursault's indifferent attitude and moral ambiguity is fundamentally at odds with society's expectations of how a person should think and behave outline i thesis statement: in the stranger, society views meursault as a cold-hearted killer and a moral “blank” it categorizes him as dangerous and evil because.
Is meursault an absurd hero is he a moral monster is he a rebel against conventional morality below are some of my ideas and 'readings' of the text – hopefully, you can use these as points for your own response (whether it be an essay, presentation etc) these are by no means definitive thoughts and, of course, there. Albert camus's the stranger: critical essays edited by peter francev this collection of essays is dedicated to professors emeriti dick richards and judy miles their courses in the history of philosophy, existentialism meursault and moral freedom: the stranger's unique challenge to an enlightenment idea.
Of others (king 57) camus parodies the entire trial of meursault where the prosecutor and magistrate are exaggerated caricatures of the misconstrued values of society the satire and comedy show how the absurd can cause man to lose his morals and accuse innocents the use of satire also shows how the world can be. Meursault is unfairly tried because he is judged by one, arbitrary set of societal values—most prominently the tenet that emotional displays are the necessary and correct response to traumatic events the irrationality of the absurdist's world stems from this very fact: that any one given rubric can be applied as a standard to all.
Whatever the case, as daoud noted in an essay in guernica in 2011, while algerians are often outspoken individuals, the last time there was anything like a national will was 20 years ago all of this carries deeper resonance when one considers how this atmosphere has impacted daoud, who had a fatwa. This conflict portrays the stark contrast between the morals of society and meursault's evident lack of them he is condemned to death, less for the arab's murder, than for refusing to conform to society's standards the discussion of meursault's responsibility takes place at the end of the novel meursault's. Part one is full of mostly insignificant days in the life of meursault, an insignificant man, until he commits a murder part two is an attempt, in a courtroom, to judge not only meursault's crime camus says no: a man must be committed to himself, to his own values, and not be confined by certain value judgments of others.