It is Meursault's realization of his own individuality, his own power of perception, and the "gentle indifference" to the world that gives him freedom. In Part One, Chapter 5, Meursault says this to his boss in response to his boss’s offer to give him a position in Paris. For every religious notion the chaplain proposes (the afterlife, the face of God, divine justice), Meursault exchanges a worldly alternative (this life, Marie's face, human justice). Still, despite their differences, each of these translations conveys the world's indifference as harmless, as something to embrace and be "happy" amidst, rather than something to despise and fear. He didn't feel anything when his mother died. I told her it didn't mean anything but that I didn't think so. He smells the smell of coffee, the beach, Marie. My lawyer raised his arms and pleaded guilty, but with an explanation. He is an atheist. Lacking goals and desires of his own, Meursault rarely seems to care how events turn out and acts simply to satisfy his immediate physical needs, allowing his life to flow by as it will. Our, LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in, Compare and contrast themes from other texts to this theme…, The ThemeTracker below shows where, and to what degree, the theme of Indifference and Passivity appears in each chapter of. Struggling with distance learning? But I took a step, one step, forward. I shook off the sweat and the sun. Click to learn more, Works Cited, References, and Bibliography. she said. What I did appreciate about Melancholia was the fact that Von Trier kept the story limited to the world we see in front of us, dedicated only to these characters in this location as a mysterious new planet moves closer and closer to a collision with Earth. Finding it so much like myself—so like a brother, really—I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. But taken with the rest of the novel, these lines speak to the inevitability of the death. I was very young when I first read The Stranger. "My students can't get enough of your charts and their results have gone through the roof." Then she pointed out that marriage was a serious thing. I answered the same way I had the last time, that it didn't mean anything but that I probably didn't love her. LitCharts Teacher Editions. The novel opens with Meursault's indifference at his mother's funeral and the consternation it provokes among the people around him. Eposta yoluyla yeni yazıları bana bildir. This is a simple statement about the dangers of the heat. Finding it so much like myself – so like a brother really." They are a danger to us all. Then and only then would I have the right…to consider the alternative hypothesis: I was pardoned…It would take all my strength to quiet my heart, to be rational. Since the beginning of the novel, Meursault doesn't show emotion. I answered the same way I had the last time, that it didn't mean anything but that I probably didn't love her…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. Yet, thinking back, Meursault sees it as a righteous act: he now sees mourning a person's death as a form of disrespect. (including. Finding it so much like myself—so like a brother really—I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again.” ― Albert Camus, The Stranger I said it didn't make any difference to me and that we could if she wanted to. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our. White. Even the crucial act of his murder is described in passive terms: "the trigger gave." Thus, Meursault himself is the primary "stranger" of the title – he is a stranger to the social fabric of his world. Still, despite their differences, each of these translations conveys the world's indifference as harmless, as something to embrace and be "happy" amidst, rather than something to despise and fear. ... 129) The Home and the World - Rabindranath Tagore. The line in which he says that this doesn’t mean anything can be taken on two levels: the telegram announcing the death of his mother does not properly tell when his mother dies. Finding it so much like myself—so like a brother, really—I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. They're like having in-class notes for every discussion!”, “This is absolutely THE best teacher resource I have ever purchased. Looking back on it, I wasn't unhappy. Throughout the whole absurd life I'd lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me from somewhere deep in my future, across years that were still to come, and as it passed, this wind leveled whatever was offered to me at the time, in years no more real than the ones I was living. I said that people never change their lives, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn't dissatisfied with mine here at all. When Marie asks Meursault whether he wants to marry her: "I said it didn't make any difference to me and that we could if she wanted to. - dm_c04d725a10f9469cc6f6a57367f9a0d2 on Dailymotion No one is gonna care what I did. It can also mean that nothing means anything. Meursault is no longer indifferent towards the world's indifference. Danielay's Blob-Along to A Room of One's Own. He stands by and observes others without acting. He is anything but trouble right? He regrets his past apathy and disinterest. “Would not have made it through AP Literature without the printable PDFs. What did other people's deaths or a mother's love matter to me; what did his God or the lives people choose or the fate they think they elect matter to me when we're all elected by the same fate, me and billions of privileged people like him who also called themselves my brother?...Everybody was privileged…The others would all be condemned one day. It was this burning, which I couldn't stand anymore, that made me move forward. He realizes he has been, and is, happy and that "to feel less alone," he would just need for his execution to be watched by a crowd making "cries of hate." Değiştir ), Facebook hesabınızı kullanarak yorum yapıyorsunuz. Having removed the final constraints of illusion, he feels happy. The prosecutor waved his hands and proclaimed my guilt, but without an explanation…In a way, they seemed to be arguing the case as if it had nothing to do with me…There were times when I felt like breaking in on all of them and saying, "Wait a minute! Following his rage at the Chaplain, he is relieved and even happy to make this great recognition, that life is completely indifferent to him and everyone else. The investigators had learned that I had "shown insensitivity" the day of Maman's funeral. “I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.”. Be at the end.Be free. Meursault objects to the guillotine for the precise grounds that society embraces it: its certainty. The first translation by Stuart Gilbert translates, "I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe," while the second by Joseph Laredo translates, "I laid my heart open to the gentle indifference of the universe." I feel like there is a masterpiece in here somewhere, and perhaps I can extract it out in the future. That he cannot properly remember when his mother (“Maman”) died shows us his remarkable detachment. He realizes that he, as a member of humanity, is not isolated or alone. Meursault begins and ends the novel in a state of indifference, yet his indifference at novel's end is achieved after enduring the grueling frustration he experiences in prison trying to outsmart "the machinery of justice." Then she wanted to know if I loved her. It is easy for others to abandon someone with depression, but a child can so easily become the victim of being raised under such conditions, feeling the devastation of it all just as much if not more so than the actual afflicted party themselves. I explained to her that it didn't really matter and that if she wanted to, we could get married. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Durham Cathedral. He looked upset and told me that I never gave him a straight answer, that I had no ambition, and that that was disastrous in business. He said it was impossible; all men believed in God, even those who turn their backs on him. Then he realizes he's a criminal and starts to bother him. I said, "No, because it's not true." ( Log Out /  Come now, is my client on trial for burying his mother or for killing a man? The story opens with a telegram announcing his mother’s death and Meursault, who gets carried away by the events of life, apparently doesn’t show reaction to his loss. I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world." “As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. It's his situation that has changed—a society, with ideals he not only disagrees with he can't even really understand, has decided to take away his life based largely on how he acted in a situation irrelevant to the actual murder he committed. "I'd rather live" If it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out. I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. 2 people like this. But it hadn't meant much to me when I'd read it. All life is equal. None of this is found here, as the only focus on what approaches comes from the mouths and mannerisms of these two troubled sisters and those that surround them. Its an idea he has to get used to. You didn't care when dog was getting beaten up, you helped some pimp beat up a girl! And it is his physical life that is about to get cut off. No God? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. "I know I exist for others" How come you didn't cry at your mom's funeral? That was his belief, and if he were ever to doubt it, his life would become meaningless. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Thank you, great inspiring blog, i’m so looking forward to start reading and discovering what you write on here.. . Yet, while his previous attitude towards the idea seemed apathetic and indifferent, Meursault here describes the notion passionately. Finding it so much like myself – so like a brother, really – I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. Then [my boss] asked me if I wasn't interested in a change of life. By clicking "Log In", you agree to our terms Regardless of what people think of him individually, even if they hate him, the human race at large is his companion because every life could turn out every way, and so they are all united even though they happened to turn out this way. Funeral tomorrow. HE IS EXPERIENCING HIS BEING FOR OTHERS. Further, he claims that people never really change and that all of the efforts people make to “improve” themselves and their world are absurd illusions which divert them from the only reality which is that life is a meaningless existence and will end in death for everyone, no matter what they do. Tagged a, Albert Camus, Be, bird, Free, freedom, Life, Like, Live, Quote, world, You. And I have something to say!" -Graham S. 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