Monday, December 6, 2010

transition for the stranger

In the passage in chapter 5 of part 1 of The Stranger, when Marie asks Meursault to marry her, Albert Camus suggests that humans act to relationships with people differently. Meursault acted so blunt towards Marie's question and Marie acted like Meursault's answer didn't phase her. In many cases, Meursault's reaction would push a person away, but in this case Marie just acted like everything was fine. Camus is showing that sometimes relationships mean more to one person.
When the passage begins, Marie asked Meursault if he would marry her. Meursault just answered saying, "It didn't make any difference to me and that we could if she wanted to"(41). Marie wanted to know if he loved her and he just said he probably didn't love her. She asks, " So why marry me, then?"(41). This probably really broke her heart even if she didn't want to show it. She is obviously in love with Meursault and he is just telling her, emotionless, that he doesn't love her. He is also giving off the impression that he is taking this relationship as a joke. Marriage is a serious impact on a couples life and a decision made by two people who are in love. " If she wanted to, we could get married. Besides, she was the one who was doing the asking and all I was saying was yes." (41-42). Marie could tell Meursault was just saying yes to give her an answer. She felt a little rejected and obviously hurt that the man she wanted to marry could careless.
She didn't talk for a while, thinking, contemplating what to do next. Finally, she spoke. " She just wanted to know if I would have accepted the same proposal from another woman, with whom I was involved in the same way. I said "sure" "(42). This part really showed people react to love and relationships different very different. Asking the rest of their lives with you takes a lot of courage and Meursault put Marie down hard. Meursault could care less about marriage, and it seems Marie really wants him to love her and marry her.
By the end of the passage, Marie found herself questioning if she loved Meursault. But she knew she loved him because he was peculiar. Meursault didn't really say anything to Marie. " I didn't say anything, because I didn't have anything to add, so she tool my arm with a smile and said she wanted to marry me. I said we could do it whenever she wanted"(42). Marie seemed like she was going to change her mind because Meursault seemed so blunt, and didn't care about anything. He doesn't love her, he doesn't mind if they get married, and he would have said yes to any other girl he was involved with.
At first Meursault and Marie's relationship seemed very important to Marie, and barely anything to Meursault. After Meursault talking to Marie in such a way made their relationship seem less meaningful to Marie. Meursault kind of made it seem like their whole relationship was a joke, and didn't mean much to him. He like to do things his own stubborn way, not thinking about anyone else's feelings.
  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).
Meursault is a perfect example of an emotionless and stubborn human being who likes to do things his own way. People constantly try to show affection, remorse, friendship, and offer him help. Marie took a big step and asked him to marry her, and even after he said that he didn't love her, and he didn't really care, she still stuck by his side. The lawyer did everything in his power to get Meursault out of trouble, and back with all the people who cared for him, but Meursault was just too stubborn. Meursault constantly pushed people away and acted hard-headed.

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