Thursday, December 2, 2010

          In chapter 1 of part 2 in The Stranger, Albert Camus suggests that humans are stubborn and often want to do things their own way. Meursault's lawyer is trying to help him beat the case as much as he can, but Meursault is not cooperating. The lawyer is trying to relate Meursault actions on Maman's death, but he does not give his lawyer enough feedback to work with. Meursault is so blunt, and stubborn to even realize that the lawyer can get him out of jail, and get his life back on track.
           The lawyer had told Meursault that there had been investigations on his private life, and he knows Maman does recently before the incident. The lawyer knows Meursault “had “shown insensitivity” the day of Maman’s funeral” (64) and wants Meursault to help and give him answers. Even though the lawyer felt embarrassed to ask Meursault if he was sad the day the funeral, he had to ask, but Meursault didn’t give a clear response. “I probably did love Maman, but that didn’t mean anything. At one time or another all normal people have wished their loved ones were dead” (65). Meursault is acting very hard-headed, making the lawyer upset. The lawyer made Meursault promise to not say that at the hearing because it probably would cause him many problems, and make him look guiltier.
          In the end of the passage, the lawyer seemed to be trying to keep his cool with Meursault. He is trying to get more emotion, more answers out of Meursault. Meursault stubbornly adds, “. . . my nature [is] such that my physical needs often [get] in the way of my feelings” (65). Meursault was trying to say that he was too tired to even know what was going on at his own mother’s funeral. “What I can say for certain is that I would rather Maman hadn’t died. But my lawyer didn’t seem satisfied. He said, “That’s not enough”” (65). It seems as if Meursault is taking this all as a joke.
          In the next paragraph, the lawyer still hasn’t given up on Meursault. “He asked me if I could say that that day I had held back my natural feelings. I said, “No, because it’s not true”” (65). Meursault is trying to do things his own stubborn way, and doesn’t cooperate at all with the lawyer. The lawyer just gave him a look, seemed disgusted in Meursault’s stubbornness and told Meursault, “. . . it was obvious [he] had never had any dealings with the law” (65).

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