The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the short story “The Stranger,” by Albert Camus. Specifically, it will contain a summary of the short story.
The protagonist in Camus’ “The Stranger is Meursault, a 30-year-old shipping clerk who lives in the city of Algiers during the 1930s. He is not particularly appealing because of his interests, which are …
… not cover up his feelings in order to conform to what society wants or thinks. Unlike most of us, he has no guilt, and Camus shows this throughout the story to make him “strange” and unappealing.
The story opens with Meursault in Algiers, where he learns his mother has died. When he goes home to attend her funeral, he affronts the warden and doorkeeper of the nursing …
… way. He does not want to die, but it is too late for him, he has created too much indifference and hatred around him.
Bree, Germaine, ed. Camus: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1962.