Meursault is able to die happy at the conclusion of The Stranger because he (like Ivan Ilyich) is able to accept himself as a constituent element of existence and so live truthfully. When the Stranger leaves, he tells Meursault that he should try to make peace with God and pray for him so that he may find forgiveness for his sins.
At the end of the novel, we are told that Meursault has done just that - he has prayed for the Stranger's soul and found forgiveness for his own sins.
This shows that Meursault is capable of dying happily even though he has committed murder. His ability to accept himself as part of reality allows him to face death with equanimity.
Furthermore, it also shows that one can commit evil deeds yet still be able to accept oneself as good. Meursault did not feel any remorse for his actions during the course of the story but this does not mean that he was without compassion - he simply didn't let it get in the way of living his life.
Meursault is a "alien" and an anachronism in society since he lacks emotions, has no meaning in life, and his sole certainty and guarantee is death. He has also become a stranger to society because he doesn't want to be part of it.
Furthermore, he's a free man so he can do what he wants. If he decides to go to Algeria, it's because he wants to go to Algeria. There are no forces that make him go there except his own will. No one forces him to look for his friend's killer either. He goes looking for him out of interest rather than obligation.
And finally, he's a murderer. Even if he didn't kill anyone himself, he could have killed someone else during his escape. So, he's not only a stranger to society but also to law itself.
Meursault's common sense is that everyone dies, and their lives are meaningless in the end.
As he says himself, there is nothing absurd about him.
Meursault has no emotions in The Stranger because he represents the absurdist interpretation of reality. He is unconcerned about everything that occurs to him or around him because he feels that nothing matters. Therefore, he has no need for emotions like rage or love.
Absurdism is a philosophical attitude that seeks to find truth by questioning all received opinions and especially those related to morality, and experiencing life as it is lived by individuals rather than by groups or societies. It was most famously expressed by the French writer Albert Camus who created the character of Meursault in his 1947 novel Le Mythe de la Sécurité.
In Camus' work, absurdity is explained through the story of Meursault, a young man living in Algeria at the time of World War II. One day while out fishing with his friend Charbonneau, Meursault shoots and kills an Arab boy during a game of Russian roulette. When questioned by police about the murder, he offers no explanation and is therefore sentenced to death by hanging. However, before his execution can take place, Meursault commits suicide by shooting himself in the head.
Camus used this fictional character to express his views on absurdity and moral nihilism.
Meursault Meursault, the novel's title's protagonist and narrator, is a distant man who watches and recounts much of what happens around him from a distanced posture. He is emotionally detached from everyone, including his mother and his lover, Marie. When he isn't watching or listening, he is thinking about them or himself.
Meursault is a complex character whose motivations are not clear until late in the book. For example, we learn that he has killed people before but says that he could never kill someone without knowing why. This ambiguity adds to his mystery and makes him interesting to read about. We also learn that he is a good driver and has been racing for some time but has never won.
At first glance, Meursault seems like an ordinary guy who did something terrible yet retains our sympathy. However, upon further reflection, we realize that he is not innocent; he just wants others to think that he is.
Meursault is viewed as a cold-hearted killer and a moral "blank" in The Stranger. Meursault is labeled as dangerous and wicked because he refuses to comply to society's established standards of behavior. He does not feel remorse for his actions, nor does he consider himself guilty of murder.
The novel reveals that there is no reasoning with someone who is determined to kill anyone who gives him an opportunity. In fact, Meursault seems to enjoy killing. He states that it makes no difference to him whether he kills a man or a beast; either way, he gets his adrenaline rush. This attitude shocks everyone who knows him: his parents, friends, and police officers. Even after being convicted of murder, he shows no remorse for his crime.
Meursault as a character is a paradox. On the one hand, he is portrayed as a selfish, self-centered person who cares about nobody but himself. He is materialistic and needs money to satisfy his desires. He enjoys eating meat and has no interest in food that comes in a packet or can. He also admits to loving risky sports such as parachuting and motorcycling.
On the other hand, he is shown as a brave man who faces his enemies without fear. He is able to stand up to his parents when they want him to go into medicine instead of law.
A comparison of the novels The Stranger, about nihilism, and The Fall, about absurdism, reveals that morality is the most essential component of existence, even if life has no fundamental purpose. Meursault, the primary character of The Stranger, is a nihilist who feels that life has no value. He believes that people should be able to do what they want, when they want, and this attitude leads him to commit murder. After being sentenced to die in the electric chair, he goes home to have lunch with his family, but doesn't tell them where he has been or why he has stayed away before going back to jail at night.
Maurice, the primary character of The Fall, is an absurdist who believes that there are laws that cannot be broken. His belief that crime does not pay prevents him from committing any crimes himself. When his friend tries to help him cheat at cards, Maurice realizes that cheating is wrong and refuses to participate in this act of theft. Later, when charged with murdering his wife, he claims ignorance about the law and is found not guilty by reason of insanity. After being hospitalized, Maurice learns that she has been buried and he goes to her grave to say goodbye.
This shows that there are values that we must follow, even if they don't make sense. Even if someone believes that nothing has any meaning or value, they should still respect others enough not to hurt them.