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By Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy analyzes The Stranger, some of the texts of existentialism and twentieth-century literature, within the context of French and French-Algerian heritage and tradition. McCarthy examines how the paintings undermines conventional thoughts of fiction and explores parallels and contrasts among Camus's paintings and that of Jean-Paul Sartre. offering scholars with an invaluable better half to The Stranger, this moment version contains a revised consultant to additional studying and a brand new bankruptcy on Camus and the Algerian battle. First variation Hb (1988): 0-521-32958-2 First version Pb (1988): 0-521-33851-4

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I replied: “No”’ (69). The direct speech reinforces Meursault’s rejection of a social and religious institution.

The language of dissidence must, for example, become less an interrogation of itself and more an irony that mocks the judges. The second and more difficult conclusion is that in Part 1 Meersault’s awareness is not, as Sartre maintained, ‘a pure passivity’ (Sartre, ‘Explication de L’Etranger’, p. 115). Not merely is his agnosticism a form of protest, it is – even in its futility – the mark of his existence as an individual. While the second, lyrical language is a form of terror that lurks in the background of his life, the narrator can ward it off by ambiguity just as the character Meursault keeps it at bay with indifference.

Such passages abound in Camus’s work, and how one interprets them depends largely on which brand of explanations one favours – religious, psychoanalytical and so on. Several such explanations will be attempted later in this study. Sometimes these passages relate to joyous experiences, but in The Stranger they are often terrifying; nature (which is an elusive concept in Camus) can welcome and embrace man, but here she seeks to annihilate him. It is obvious that this language is very different from the language of dissidence and that it has some of the attributes of poetry.

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