By Harold Bloom
Albert Camus's landmark existentialist novel lines the aftermath of a surprising crime and the fellow whose destiny is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger provides readers with a brand new type of protagonist, a guy not able to go beyond the tedium and inherent absurdity of daily life in an international detached to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens. whole with an advent from grasp literary student Harold Bloom, this re-creation of full-length severe essays encompasses a chronology, bibliography, and index for simple reference.
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While earlier Meursault had imagined turning down a visit from the chaplain once again, now the chaplain just walks into his cell. To Meursault, the man is amiable enough. When the chaplain asks why Meursault has not wanted to see him, Meursault replies that he does not believe in God. The chaplain asks how Meursault can be so sure of this and tells Meursault that he has seen others like Meursault turn to God at this point in their lives. The chaplain says he is convinced Meursault will win his appeal.
13. The only passage in the novel where causal relations are asserted is the speech for the prosecution at Meursault’s trial. The presence of such relations is one reason why Meursault feels that the speech is about someone else, not about himself. 14. In The Idea of a Theater (Princeton, 1949). Mr. Fergusson acknowledges a partial debt to Kenneth Burke for these terms; and both Mr. Fergusson and Burke are indebted to the Poetics of Aristotle. Alain Robbe-Grillet Points to Metaphors and Anthropomorphism Albert Camus, as we know, has named absurdity the impassable gulf which exists between man and the world, between the aspirations of the human mind and the world’s incapacity to satisfy them.
That perspective, that little matters in life, now appears completely erroneous. For instance, witnesses that one would not expect to have any bearing on the murder have testified, showing how the apparently trivial and meaningless situations and exchanges involving them ultimately have mattered. Likewise, so many events have been brought up that would also seem to have no bearing on the killing, but the prosecutor is arguing that they are relevant. People and events now seem to matter very much to Meursault’s fate.
Albert Camus's the Stranger (Bloom's Guides) by Harold Bloom