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Modern Novel - The Stranger

Intro to Camus and The Stranger

Andria Bengtson

on 10 May 2012

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Transcript of Modern Novel - The Stranger

Philosophy of Absurdity 5 Features 1. Central Conflict Humans long for immortality but know death is inevitable. 2. Mechanical Existence Humans’ reaction: a "mechanical life" in denial 3. Illogical Randomness of Existence 4. Humans Are Alienated The world is not logical and ordered; Alienation from Self 5. Solution: Only Hope Is Freedom Since there is no ultimate victory over death, one has great freedom to act. Much of life is Humans seek answers, but... Much of life cannot be explained, so... Humans become frustrated (because they expect things to make sense). Obsessed by the future; miss the present ...which is all they really have “Go through motions” as if they will live forever. life is very short. Social codes are irrelevant—; one must feel what one wants. Live in the present in solidarity with other humans who share your fate. Life is worth living because it is finite. Alienation from Others Alienation from Nature Alienation from God “I looked at myself in my tin plate. My reflection seemed to remain serious even though I was trying to smile at it….I distinctly heard the sound of my own voice….and I realized that all that time I had been talking to myself.” (Camus 81) “ ...one more Sunday was over, that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed" (Camus 24) CARPE DIEM! in other words... In reality, random. I just have to continue doing these tasks that people set before me. No, I will not die...EVER! Someday, it will pay off... (no awareness of self) (detached from other people, even "loved ones") Remember how Camus died? YOLO
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