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The Stranger. Albert Camus. Albert Camus. November 7, 1913 – January 4, 1960 1957 Nobel Prize for literature Harsh childhood (mom illiterate, dad killed) led to his ideas Existentialist Killed by car crash in Algeria. Existentialism. French- borders on atheism

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The stranger

The Stranger

Albert Camus


Albert camus

Albert Camus

  • November 7, 1913 – January 4, 1960

  • 1957 Nobel Prize for literature

  • Harsh childhood (mom illiterate, dad killed) led to his ideas

  • Existentialist

  • Killed by car crash in Algeria


Existentialism

Existentialism

  • French- borders on atheism

  • Reality and life are absurd (no pattern of meaning)

  • Man defines his own existence

  • Emphasizes individuals responsibility to accept consequence of choice


Setting

Setting

  • Written in France in the early 1940’s

  • Set in Algiers before WWII


Characters

Characters

  • Meursault- protagonist and narrator; emotionally indifferent to others and refuses to adhere to the norms of society

  • Marie Cardona- coworker and love interest of Meursault

  • Raymond Sintes- neighbor and local, abusive pimp

  • Meursault’s mother- maman; her death begins the action of the novel

  • Thomas Perez- emotionally attached to Maman


Characters continued

Characters (continued)

  • Celeste- owns café Meursault dines at frequently

  • Masson- Raymond’s friend who invites everyone to the beach house

  • Salamano- he and his mangy dog are neighbors of Meursault

  • The Arab- brother of Raymond’s mistress


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