By Harold Bloom

Albert Camus's landmark existentialist novel strains the aftermath of a stunning crime and the fellow whose destiny is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger provides readers with a brand new form of protagonist, a guy not able to go beyond the tedium and inherent absurdity of daily life in a global detached to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens. whole with an advent from grasp literary student Harold Bloom, this re-creation of full-length serious essays encompasses a chronology, bibliography, and index for simple reference.

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He asks why Meursault put his mother in a home and if doing so had caused any familial distress. Meursault explains that neither of them expected much of each other. The prosecutor asks if Meursault had intended to go and kill the Arab, and when Meursault says he had not, the prosecutor asks why, then, he went with a gun to the exact spot where he had seen the Arab earlier. ” The trial breaks for lunch. Meursault is rushed away and then returned for the trial’s resumption. ” We are reminded of his negative reactions to heat earlier in the book, especially when he killed the Arab.

This sense of dislocation is reinforced when he says he did not take the magistrate seriously at first. The magistrate starts to leave, and Meursault almost shakes hands with him; only then does Meursault remember killing the Arab. The next day, Meursault’s lawyer arrives to question him. The attorney is young yet says he has gone over the case with extreme care and should be able to exonerate Meursault if he follows the lawyer’s instructions. The lawyer tells Meursault that investigators had learned from people at his mother’s care facility that Meursault had appeared quite callous during her funeral.

He goes to the movies with Emmanuel, a man 29 with whom he is able to have fun. At times Meursault has to explain what the movie is about, and we realize that Emmanuel, like Raymond, is not as smart as Meursault. In fact, as the book progresses, we see that Meursault has no intellectually stimulating friends, fitting for a man who seems to not think about much of anything. The narrator gives a lengthy description of his Saturday at a small beach with Marie. Late in the afternoon, the sun is not too hot, and the water is pleasant.

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