Albert Camus's the Stranger (Bloom's Guides) by Harold Bloom

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 type 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. entire with an creation from grasp literary pupil Harold Bloom, this new version of full-length serious essays incorporates a chronology, bibliography, and index for simple reference.

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He becomes friendly with the chief jailer, who explains to him that people are kept in jail to be deprived of their liberty, so taking pleasures away from them is part of that process. This makes sense to Meursault. The man says Meursault is different from the other inmates because of his intelligence and mental abilities. This echoes a comment made about Meursault earlier in the novel, even though it seems Meursault is not really using his intelligence—one of his key attributes—in order to help himself.

The second seems almost mad, since what prisoner could possibly have everything he wants? Still, Meursault answers this positively, probably not wanting to upset Marie. On one side of Meursault, a man is being visited by his wife, who talks quite loudly. The man and his wife seem rather at 39 ease about his being in jail. On the other side of Meursault is a boy being visited by his mother, and the two do not talk. Marie says they must not lose hope, and Meursault agrees. She says Meursault will be acquitted and they will be able to get married and go swimming on Sundays.

It is a viewpoint that contrasts with his earlier insistence that actions do not matter. As the novel continues, we see that this new assessment proves true, at least in this case. The shooting matters very much. Meursault pauses and shoots four more times, even though the man was immobile. In chapter one of part two, Meursault is questioned by the examining magistrate. ” The magistrate smiles at Meursault’s presumption. While earlier in the novel Meursault is considered the smart one whom people look to for answers, Meursault’s judgment is often questionable from this point on.

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