Quotes from the Stranger

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1.“ Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: “Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.” That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.”- p.3
It shows Meursault’s absurdity on his life and emotional difference and separation to people as well. He felt nothing special about his family’s death and it shows he is apathetical person. He thinks differently compared to way we mostly think about the death and this is part of alienation.

2. “That’s when Maman’s friends came in. There were about ten in all, and they floated into the blinding light without a sound. They sat down without a single chair creaking. … But I couldn’t hear them and it was hard for me to believe they really existed.” – p.9
It shows that Meursault is slightly solipsistic. Solipsistic means the belief that only they are the truly existing human beings and others are not. You believe everyone else is a figment of the imagination or non-existing object. The fact that he thought he is the only one who existed in the world and the friends of Maman seem not existing shows the isolation and alienation.

3. “I didn’t say anything, and he asked me again if I wanted to be pals. I said it was fine with me. He seemed pleased.”- p.29
Meursault describes the emotion of other people as scientific way and observes them with strange perception. He describes Raymond’s pleased feeling as ‘seemed’ pleased. That means he is not fully into the conversation but step out from the reality and the real person to person conversation and answered the question.

4. “I would rather not have upset him, but I couldn’t see any reason to change my life. Looking….. really mattered.” – p.41
He is not fully confident with his own emotion. He can’t identify the difference between unhappy and happy. Emotional difference is the cause of alienation. He didn’t have any…...

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