Albert Camus Biography. Roshini Jayasankar Justine Enns Michelle Anthony Pooja Viswanath . Camus’s Birth. Birthdate: November 7, 1913 Birthplace: Mondavi, French Algeria Stranger takes place in Algeria Mondavi was known for its sun and Mediterranean sea.
Camus- age 11
1934: Married Simone Hié
1940: Married Francine Faure
Albert Camus, Francine Faure and their two twin children
Theme: Humans want to comprehend the the absurd nature of existence
Relation to Stranger
Date of Death: January 4,1960
He died from a car accident
Camus’s car after the accident
“At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.”
Camus were more known for their enmity
than their friendship.
According to Camus, Sartre was a “writer who resisted” rather than a “resistor who wrote”
Sartre had a more negative view on humanity
Central issue that divided them: Soviet labor camps
Each author focused on different forms of oppression
“Between this sky and the faces turned toward it there is nothing on which to hang a mythology, a literature, an ethic, or a religion—only stones, flesh, stars, and those truths the hand can touch”
Religion is a human construction in order to create meaning in a senseless existence
Meursault twice refuses to receive his final rites in order to receive God’s forgiveness
Magistrate brandishes the crucifix at Meursault as a weapon
“ Dont Walk behind me: I may not lead. Dont walk in front of me;I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend”
Turn to Part Two, Chapter 5
Begin with the passage that starts: “The chaplain looked at me with a kind of sadness...” and read until the end of the book
Meursault refers to the chaplain as “Monsieur” as opposed to the religiously correct title “Father.”
How does Meursault’s attitude towards the chaplain indicative of Camus’s position regarding the role of religion in general?
Find evidence in the text to support your claim.
“Salamano’s dog was worth just as much as his wife. The little robot woman was just as guilty as the Parisian woman Masson married, or as Marie, who had wanted to marry me.”
Trace the parallels between the romantic relationships in The Stranger and Camus’s own life and philosophies. What evidence can you find in the text to support this autobiographical critique?
Trace Camus’s use of imagery in this passage.
How do certain images function as motifs throughout the novel? How can we parallel Camus’s use of imagery with what he experienced living in French Algeria?
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