The Stranger - Study Guide Part 2, Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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As the trial progresses, Meursault grows increasingly distant from the proceedings, as it becomes obvious that the facts of the case are overridden by the ancillary details of Meursault's emotional state. The only rational statement from the prosecutor is that Meursault is an intelligent man, which in turn should lead the jury to believe that Meursault was fully aware of the crime he committed and its consequences. Unfortunately, Meursault has never been able to express regret or project himself into the future and any possible implications of his actions.

Meursault's fate is sealed when the magistrate asks him if he has anything to say in his own defense. Meursault can respond only that the sun was the culprit in the shooting. The people in the courtroom are incredulous of such a statement and Meursault is led out of the room while his fate is decided...

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