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Volume 1 Issue 12

May 2015

Existentialism in Albert Camus’ The Stranger
Dr. V. Hema, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Vels University, 
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
The aim of this paper is to highlight existentialism in Albert Camus’s The Stranger. The philosophy of Existentialism emphasizes an individual existence, freedom and choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life and try to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe. Its chief motive is for the assertion of freedom. To the some extent, Albert Camus follows the views of Sarte and Kierkaard in his novel The Stranger. However, the protagonist, Meursault is stranger to the society. He is a detached figure and he is emotionally indifferent to others, even to his mother and his lover, Marie. He also refuses to adhere to the accepted moral order of society. Through this character, author portrays the meaninglessness in human life.
Existentialism; Jean-Paul Sartre; Albert Camus; The Stranger.
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