The absurd in the stranger by albert camus

According to another tradition, however, he was disposed to practice the profession of highwayman. He cannot reconcile the contingency of his sentence Why guilt. Death[ edit ] Camus died on 4 January at the age of 46, in a car accident near Sensin Le Grand Fossard in the small town of Villeblevin.

He was one of the youngest people to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, when he became a Nobel Laureate in Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.

And when he does comment on these feelings, there is a lack of passion and no feeling of loss. A decree of the gods was necessary. It is an ironic fact that he died in a car accident inas he had once remarked that the most absurd way to die would be in a car accident.

I have never seen anyone die for the ontological argument. The loss of a life would have no significance — no affect on life as a whole; and the universe itself is apparently totally indifferent to everything.

Mercury came and seized the impudent man by the collar and, snatching him from his joys, led him forcibly back to the underworld, where his rock was ready for him.

He spent the early years of his life in North Africa, where he worked at Various jobs -- in the weather bureau, in an automobile-accessory firm, in a shipping company -- to help pay for his courses at the University of Algiers.

That melancholy convention cannot be persuasive. Absurdism is an off-shoot of Existentialism and shares many of its characteristics. Camus points out, however, that there is no more meaning in death than there is in life, and that it simply evades the problem yet again.

You take apart its mechanism and my hope increases. The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock up to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight.

Camus work on absurdism gives us another way of looking at life. Mere "anxiety," as Heidegger says, is at the source of everything.

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His rush of anger cleanses him and empties him of hope, thus allowing him finally to open up -- completely and for the last time -- to the "benign indifference of the universe" It is the absurdity of human conventions that has us doing such things.

The man himself is ignorant of it. In dwelling on the chance of an appeal, he is forced to consider the possibility of denial and thus of execution; therefore, he must face the fact of his death — whether it comes now or later. Let's not go too far in such analogies, however, but rather return to everyday words.

When he gives up trying to find a loophole, he finds his mind ever returning either to the fear that dawn would bring the guards who would lead him to be executed, or to the hope that his appear will be granted. Here, it is barely possible to speak of the experience of others' deaths.

Absurdism[ edit ] Many writers have addressed the Absurd, each with his or her own interpretation of what the Absurd is and what comprises its importance. That truth was not worth the stake.

Camus character is honest and will not ascribe to something he does not believe in, such as a belief in God or religion. On all essential problems I mean thereby those that run the risk of leading to death or those that intensify the passion of living there are probably but two methods of thought: The Myth of Sisyphus pinpoints the absurd precisely: The affliction, which was then incurable, caused Camus to be bedridden for long and painful periods.

You explain this world to me with an image. All Sisyphus' silent joy is contained therein. As in life, we see that perceptions of others are mightily different than the intentions or views of the other. Why does every-one's life have to have meaning.

The primitive hostility of the world rises up to face us across millennia. Now, if I was in that cell I would have argued with the priest too — but I would not have argued in the same way that Meursault argues.

Sisyphus woke up in the underworld. That nostalgia for unity, that appetite for the absolute illustrates the essential impulse of the human drama But the fact of that nostalgia's existence does not imply that it is to be immediately satisfied.

Please improve this section by adding secondary or tertiary sources. Homer tells us also that Sisyphus had put death in chains. Rather, one must reflect on and dwell realistically within the finite positive gain of the life lived and every sensory experience experienced.

The soft lines of these hills and the hand of evening on this troubled heart teach me much more. The Stranger () by Albert Camus.

The Stranger () by Albert Camus opens with this now infamous line: Mother died today. Those three simple words are devoid of any of the emotional turmoil that usually accompanies the sad event.

Camus was born into an absurd world (as all of us are), but the inherent absurdity of life was at the very center of his worldview because he was part of the first generation to do battle with postmodernism. Albert Camus: The Stranger (). New York: Knopf, (British translation by Stuart Gilbert); (American translation by Matthew Ward).

The solitude that permeates The Stranger (L'Etranger) of Albert Camus () is neither the traditional solitude of eremitism nor the ambient solitude of wilderness but the modern psychological solitude of social and cultural alienation.

The Stranger is a novel by Albert Camus, often cited as a prime example of Camus' philosophy of the absurd and existentialism. The story's protagonist Meursault is an indifferent French Algerian, who hardly partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture.4/5.

Albert Camus The Stranger: Existentialism and Absurdism Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one’s acts.

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Meursault, the narrator and main protagonist in Albert Camus's existentialist novel The Stranger, shows many characteristics held to the philosophy of absurdism.

As the novel begins, Meursault.

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