“The Stranger”: AnalysisAuthor: 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 so strong and forceful in him that the only way he felt that he could deal with it was by taking this person life. He felt that this was the way he could resolved the situation of hatred that he had for this person. Also, the fact that he wasfaced with a murder charge and imprisonment.
III. Representative Passage on Imagery and Figurative Language ” When I went outside, the sun was up. Above the hills that separate Marengo from the sea, the sky was streaked with red. And wind coming over the hills that brought the smell of salt with it.” A. The sensory details that the author uses that makes us feel like we are actually at the beach.
The sensory is called the seance of smell because the author said the wind coming over the hills that brought the smell of the salt with it. B. The simile that the author use in this paragraph was when he is talking about the sky was streaked with red, but I think the author is trying to say that the white clouds with the blue sky looks like the sky is red like blood. IV.
Symbolism / Allusions ” That’s all for today, Monsieur Antichrist.” ” Specking very quickly and passionately, he told me that he believed in God, that it was his conviction that no man was so guilty that God would not forgive him, but in order for that to happened a man must repent and in so doing become like a child whose heart is open and ready to embrace all”. A. The people in this short quote is Monsieur as the judge is talking to him. The judge don’t think Monsieur believe in Jesus because Monsieur is always talking about how he does not care about anything and he rather just be in jail where he belongs. B.
The quote that I think the author is trying to carry out through the story is the second quote I wrote down, because the author is saying that you need to repent and ask for forgiveness to God. Monsieur lawyer keeps telling him about Jesus and telling Monsieur that he needs to forget about the wrong things that he did in life and repent to God, but Monsieur being big headed is not going to listen because he think what he did is wrong and he should pay the price for what he did. C. The allusion that Albert Camus is trying to get at, is that people believed in antichrist and Albert is trying to say that if you do something wrong in life you can always repent and ask God for forgiveness. V. Representative Passage on Tone and Author’s Philosophy ” After a short time silence, he stood up and told me that he wanted to help me, that I interested him, and that, with God’s help, he would do something for me.” A.
I think this passage tell us about the author prospective because he is telling us that if you ask for help and if you want the help it will happened. So what I am trying to say is that I if you are not a Christian and you have a friend that believe in Jesus and if you don’t believe in Jesus you have to listen to your friend to understand what is going on so you can accept Jesus. B. The aspects of his philosophy that I can pick out is that Albert Camus had to believe in Jesus because I don’t think he would write a book talking about killing and Jesus at the same time, getting some moral purpose from this book. The thing that I can infer from this passage is that he is telling Meursault that he needs to listen to what every God has planned for him in prison or out of prison.
VI. Evaluation A. The influence this book had on my attitude and belief is that you should never feel that you have to kill anyone because you do not like them for what ever reason it might be. I feel that you should talk through things before coming up with a conclusion of causing a fight or killing. This book really did not have a big impact on my belief because I believe in Jesus as my Lord and Savor. B.
I think the author goals in this book was to try to seek through to the non-believers and to seek the people that is having a hard time in life. The reason why I say this is because the way he went to jail and got caught and by his lawyer telling him he need to ask for forgiveness and repent to God. To me, it sounds like Albert is trying to get people’s attention. C.
Albert Camus did successfully achieve his goal because I know for a fact that I would never do anything like killing somebody because what every you do wrong in the sight of the law you are always going to get caught and also God knows everything you do. The author achieve his goal in this book by reaching the readers and to overcome the evil that society might cause a person to do and to face up the difficult situation no matter what it is. D. This book is very significant with it topics because it talks about every thing a person would go through in life. Like one thing that is really important in life is God and it talk about God in this book that I read. It make a person think that you cannot do wrong and get away with it.
It make you realize that you have to face up to the situation that is wrong and deal with it. The book make you think that anger is not the way that a person should hold in him. Although, a person might look all right on the outside, it is what on the inside of that person that may cause him to have a difficult time in life. This book is not much different what I feel people today experience in society. There are a lot of violent in the world today and lots of people with resentment and anger towards one another.