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Meursault, Jesus, and Conforming to Society

Summary: The ironic parallels between Jesus Christ and the character of Mersault in Albert Camus's "The Stranger" shows that society often punishes those who do not conform to society.

Those who do not conform to society are often persecuted by those who surround them. In The Stranger, Meursault is persecuted for his beliefs. Jesus was similarly persecuted for his beliefs in his time. Although Meursault's beliefs and Jesus' beliefs were completely different they were both seen as different from the norm, thus allowing society to be critical of both belief systems. While Meursault's death had no motivation, Jesus' death had a motivation. This motivation was to save all those on earth.

In Albert Camus' The Stranger, Meursault sees himself as a living object. Once this object dies, it is no more. Meursault does not believe in an afterlife nor a supreme being or god. Therefore, Meursault's belief system is that of "no beliefs." Meursault believes that one shouldn't be sure of a god. He believes that the only thing one should be sure...

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