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Little Events... Big Problems!


David O'Connor

on 4 November 2009

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Transcript of Little Events... Big Problems!

Little Events... Big Problems! Meeting Raymond Leads to Mersault’s Downfall and Enlightenment
- Raymond makes the first move
“I’ve got some blood sausage and some wine at my place. How about joining me?” (29)
- Raymond wants to justify his awful actions by getting Mersault’s approval
“He asked if I thought she should be punished.” (32)
- Mersault lacks ethics and only sees what appears right before his eyes
“I tried my best to please Raymond because I had no reason not to please him.” (32)
-Mersault gets involved with Raymond’s issues, and accompanies him at the beach…
“…give me your gun.” (56)This is where Mersault’s downfall begins
By: Zach Burns, David O'Connor, Tom Brady, and Zach Gregoric The story of the Czech man who is ironically killed by his own family parallels the absurdity Mersault experiences
-Throughout the novel, Camus has developed the idea that a succession of events has no rational purpose or meaning.
Czechoslovakian man is similar to Mersault’s and the Arab because a significant event occurred for no apparent reason
The murder of the Arab is irrational, and Mersault feels no remorse or guilt for his actions; for him, death is an inevitable reality of life, and thus life as a whole has no discernible meaning
-Similarly, Mersault’s lack of compassion that is seen in his reaction to this article is a microcosm of his inability to have an emotional reaction to anything.
"Anyway, I thought the traveler pretty much deserved what he got and that you should never play games." ( 80)
This trait leads him to shoot an innocent man Mersault's Relationship with Marie
-He does not morn his mother's death like society has taught us to
It shows his lack of compassion towards others
He does not mention the funeral until she asks about what happened
"...she seemed very surprised to see I was wearing a black tie and she asked me if I was in mourning. I told her Maman had died. She wanted to know how long ago, so I said, 'Yesterday.'" (20)
He takes the death lightly
-The present is more important to him than the past (no matter how bad it was) or future
-Hanging out with Marie proves to the court that he does not care about others
The procecution believes he could easily have committed a premeditated murder because of his seemingly heartless personality
-This small event is one of the most important pieces of evidence used in his trial to prove his absurd and sinister state of mind (which to the court means he must have killed the man on purpose) Maman’s Funeral-He does not cry once during the entire funeral; this lack of emotion is what more or less convicts him at the trial.-He puts maman in the home because he doesn’t have any money to pay for her to live with him.-At one point during the vigil he offers the caretaker a cigarette. This comes back to haunt him when the prosecutor paints this action as callous and unfeeling.-He doesn’t ask to see the body of maman, which is also painted as callous.-He constantly talks of the searing flame of the sun, foreshadowing the killing later in the book. Little Events...Big Problems By Zach Gregoric, as well as David O'Connor, Zach Burns, and last (and also least) Tom Brady In Short, Little Events Lead to Big Problems for Mersault-Mersault’s involvement with Raymond leads him to murder-Mersault’s first date with Marie/ his mother’s funeral is used to show his lack of compassion, and to prove that he does not belong in civilized societyAlso, Mersault’s final situation is cathartic: he becomes analogous to Sysiphus, because he comes to understand that the events of life have no logical basis. This is comforting for him, and in his jail cell, he “[opens himself] to the gentle indifference of the world.” (122)
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