By Harold Bloom
Albert Camus's landmark existentialist novel lines the aftermath of a surprising crime and the guy whose destiny is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger offers readers with a brand new form of protagonist, a guy not able to go beyond the tedium and inherent absurdity of daily lifestyles in a global detached to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens. whole with an creation from grasp literary pupil Harold Bloom, this new version of full-length severe essays features a chronology, bibliography, and index for simple reference.
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Extra resources for Albert Camus's the Stranger (Bloom's Guides)
He yells at the chaplain and grabs him, spewing insults and saying the chaplain lives “like a corpse” while Meursault is completely sure of himself, of his life, and of his upcoming death. He says that nothing matters and that for his whole life a dark horizon has been in front of him. All people are condemned to die, and so nothing matters. Jailers rush in to help the chaplain, who leaves with tears in his eyes. Meursault feels calm and so exhausted that he falls 50 asleep. When he wakes, stars are shining on him, and he can hear and smell the summer night.
The angry crowd at his execution cannot take away his happiness. He seems to wish for them to gather as proof of his assertions. Or perhaps they are symbolic of what he does not want to be; they make him happy to be a stranger after all. 51 Critical Views Jean-Paul Sartre on Camus’s Portrayal of the Absurd The absurd, to be sure, resides neither in man nor in the world, if you consider each separately. But since man’s dominant characteristic is “being-in-the-world”, the absurd is, in the end, an inseparable part of the human condition.
Meursault notices one journalist in particular, the youngest, who is staring at him intensely yet not showing any emotion. ” This is a telling observation that ties in with the earlier instances of Meursault feeling distanced from his own reflection and voice. It also shows that even Meursault finds himself offputting. The judge calls for the witnesses to leave the room, and for the first time Meursault sees many people 42 from his former existence, even the so-called “robot woman,” who had sat with him once at Céleste’s restaurant.
Albert Camus's the Stranger (Bloom's Guides) by Harold Bloom