Meursault, the narrator and main protagonist in albert camus's existentialist novel the stranger, shows many characteristics held to the philosophy of absurdism as the novel begins, meursault. In his novel the stranger1, albert camus gives expression to his philosophy of the absurd the novel is a first-person account of the life of m meursault from the time of his mother's death up to a time evidently just before his execution for the murder of an arab. The stranger contains a strong notion of absurdity the useless attempt humanity makes to find rational order where none exists philip h rhein believes that camus asserts that individual lives and human existence in general have no rational meaning or order though camus does not openly refer. In the stranger by albert camus, the character meursault is a man apart though he exists w/ other humans, he is obviously on an entirely different wavelength meursault will commit a heinous crime.
In the year 1913, the great literary artist, albert camus, was born in algeria camus spent his life in algeria and france contemplating the difficult questions of life. The stranger by albert camus is among the curious classics which seem to slowly lure you into the romantic plot of part one truthfully, the beginning goes at a snail¿s pace, introducing the characters and meeting the narrator meursault. 82 quotes have been tagged as absurdism: albert camus: 'freedom is nothing but a chance to be better', albert camus: 'the absurd is the essential concep.
The stranger: the stranger is albert camus's first novel, published in 1942 it follows the life of meursault, a french algerian whose apathetic responses to life get him in trouble socially and eventually get him killed. Then he discovered the stranger, a novel of absurdity and detachment somehow, it helped him deal somehow, it helped him deal albert camus' poker-faced 'stranger' became a much needed friend. The stranger quotes tags: absurdism, albert-camus, existentialism, life, literature, philosophy, the-stranger 121 likes like i felt that i had been happy and.
While i have always had a keen interest in the philosophy of existentialism and other schools of thought within the same realm, i have somewhat. The expression of absurdism in albert camus' novel the stranger the stranger by albert camus is a novel written in an absurdist point of view the main character meursault is faced with the death of his mother, the conflict between his neighbor raymond, and raymond's girlfriend, and finally the decision to shoot the arab. Recently, i was watching an episode of louie, the television series based loosely upon the life of stand-up comedian, louis ck, when suddenly i was struck by an uncanny similarity between his show and the work of albert camus, the famous french writer and philosopher. The stranger, by albert camus, is a novel about meursault and how he is a stranger to society the public has come to know of him as a murderer, which, in the event, he did murder an arab. Written as an existential novel, the stranger questions the reality of god, the lack of meaning and purpose in life, and the absurdity of everyday existence albert camus albert camus - biography.
Absurdism as a belief system was born of the european existentialist movement that ensued, specifically when the french algerian philosopher and writer albert camus rejected certain aspects from that philosophical line of thought and published the myth of sisyphus. An antagonist in an absurd world: the stranger by albert camus by analysing the elements of absurdity and tragic antagonism of modern antihero meursault in the classic masterpiece l'étranger, general readers can better grasp the ideas of existentialism, moreover, to even take some. Absurdist ideas in 'the stranger' conclusion the stranger in 'the stranger' by albert camus, camus includes his philosophy of the absurd through the main character meursault the main theme of the novel is that the significance of human life is only understood at the point of death. Condemned to an everlasting zero of eternity, camus' characters often suffer their author's own involvement and anguish and, for his readers, the recognition of the fact of their own deaths is the starting point for their confronting and experiencing camus' concept of the absurd.
Albert camus: life is absurd, rebél, live, and try to die happy when i first read albert camus's the stranger as a college student in 1957, it went right over my head i was clueless as to what this book was about. Though camus does not explicitly refer to the notion of absurdity in the stranger, the tenets of absurdity operate within the novelneither the external world in which meursault lives nor the internal world of his thoughts and attitudes possesses any rational order. Albert camus is most famous for his existential works of fiction including the stranger as well as his philosophical essay the myth of sisyphushe led the french resistance press during nazi occupation and became one of the youngest nobel laureates in literature. In the novel, the stranger by albert camus, meursault the protagonist, becomes drawn into a senseless murder that has to face the absurdity of life and because of his actions, meursault is presented as a danger due to his lack of morality to society.
The stranger by albert camus home / literature / the stranger / quotes / absurdism), meursault does something just so he won't have to do something else. This camus concluded in challenging essays like the myth of sisyphus and novels like l'etranger, a book most of us know as the stranger but which alain de botton, in his school of life video above on camus' philosophy, translates as the outsider. The stranger (1942) by albert camus opens with this now infamous line: mother died today those three simple words are devoid of any of the emotional turmoil that usually accompanies the sad event in many ways, how the novel's opening line reflects the underlying sentiment of the entire narrative: indifference. Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.
Absurdism, the stranger, and life absurdism (coined by albert camus) is a philosophy based upon the concept that the life and the world are meaningless, irrational, without sense or reason. Albert camus was a contemporary writer who lived in french algeria during the 1940's his philosophy, which was an extension of the philosophy of existentialism, explored the seemingly random meaninglessness of life. Indifferent in the stranger, by albert camus although meursault is the title character and narrator of albert camus' short novel the stranger, he is also a somewhat flat character his apparent indifferent demeanor may be a convenience to camus, who mainly wanted to display his ideas of absurdism.