Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Part 2 of The Stranger

            In the passage of part 2 , chapter 5 when Meursault had the conversation with the chaplain who came to advice Meursault keeping his mind on hope, but he still didn’t care anything and say nothing else about escaping this case. Meursault thought that no way to escape death and his ending will be death whatever he did. Albert Camus suggests that name of meaning or purpose existence stands for real human life in general. The eventually ending of human is death whether in accident, crime or in the natural death. Camus reflects the society is existed with hopeless and absurd to impact people stay into the meaningless life.

            According to the passage, Meursault though that he “didn’t want anybody’s help, and he just didn’t have the time to interest himself in what didn’t interest him.” Meursault seems to be a representative of all lonely man, and he plays a role around a “self-world”. It shows that people who feel alone don’t have any confidence on others and they like to close themselves in small space which no one can come in. Meursault just hides his real mind to cover his emotion and lonely, because he thinks that is not important or purpose to others, even himself. When the chaplain said “if you don’t die today, you’ll die tomorrow, or the next day. And the same question will arise. How will you face that terrifying ordeal?” Meursault answered that “I would face it exactly as I was facing it now.” It narrates the position of Meursault is a criminal, and then he will have execution anyway. That represents a natural law of death. People will eventually die, no matter execution, accidents or natural death on old age. At that time of World War II, the social background created a hopeless situation to people Camus brings a message that people are careless about the death. The society and country have been huge influence to people’s life.

            When the chaplain mean that “The God can help you”, but Meursault was totally disagree what he believed. This expands the different an two generations. The old generation is posted as living with belief in hopeful and wish. The opposition is the young generation as Meursault who represents as hopeless and meaningless in essentials.