Saturday, June 1, 2019
The Outsider Essay -- Character Analysis, Meursault
Albert Camus states that In our society any man who doesnt cry at his mothers funeral is liable to be condemned to death (Camus, 18). In the book The Outsider, Meursault defies local convention by not showing the sadness that is expected of him at his mothers funeral. Ultimately, his life is qualified on this very decision of whether or not to show emotion. In the society that Meursault lives in, one is expected to conform to their standards and social norms. Anyone who deviates from these norms is considered an outcast and destined to exhale at the hands of society. Meursault was expected to show outwards signs of grief whether it was real or not. Even if the grief is artificial, most passel will play to the audience and show signs of grief to minimize the risk of losing their life. Meursaults was conflicted between following societys rules and beingness current to himself. The nurse at his mothers funeral warned him that if yougo slowly, you risk get sun-stroke. But i f you go too fast, you perspire and then in the church you catch a chill. She was right. There was no way out (Camus, 22). The nurses admonition is consistent with his internal struggle. To Meursault, walking too fast is similar to conforming to society and walking too slow means following his testify path. There is no middle ground to the situation, no happy median and no suitable compromise. Meursault faces the challenge of whether or not to conform on tierce main levels physical, emotional and spiritual. He has the constant battle between following his physical self his id, and doing what is right. Meursault also has to decide whether or not to be true to his emotions and decide if lying during his trial is a suitable course of action. Finally h... ... mother, he does not react in a way most people do. He does not cry but instead accepts what has happened and realizes that he can not change it. He goes back and does physical things he would do on a normal day. When the caretaker offers him coffee, he accepts it, he smokes a cigarette and has sex with a woman he just met. Meursault also does not lie to play death. He refuses to conform to society and lie. He would rather be seen as an outsider than do something that he does not bank in. Finally, Meursault, will not believe in G-d or Christianity just because it is the only thing to turn to before he is put to death. When Meursault decides not to cry at his mothers funeral, he accepts himself as an outsider. When he is considered an outsider, it does not matter if he is guilty or innocent at the end of the day he guilty just for being different.