The Stranger Essay | Moral Ambiguity in "The Stranger"

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Moral Ambiguity in "The Stranger"

Summary: In "The Stranger," author Albert Camus does not want the reader to judge Meursault by typical moral standards. Examples of acts that Camus wants us to judge differently include Meursault's "disrespectful" reaction to his mother's funeral and Meursault's murder of the Arab and the subsequent trial.
Has there ever existed a person that has not judged someone else over their lifetime? Judging by reality as well as literature it seems that no person like that has ever existed. It appears that it is human nature to want to pronounce others as either purely good or evil. But does everyone fit into the mold of good or evil? In Albert Camus's The Stranger, Meursault is a morally ambiguous character, and this ethical indistinctness plays a major part in the novel as a whole and the theme that Camus is trying to portray.

Meursault resists being typecast into an archetypal moral category in many of his deeds and actions. Many of his actions in Part One of the novel help contribute to the fuzzy picture of the character. For example, at his mother's funeral, Meursault does not cry or weep in the typical...

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