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Essay Topic: "The Outsider is not about the murder of an Arab but about the inability of society to understand Meursault's detachment"
In "The Outsider" by "Albert Camus", Meursault is ultimately punished not for the murder of an Arab but lack of adherence to the social codes governing appropriate behavior often his mother's death. In This respect we can argue that the novel is not about the Arab's murder but it is about the inability society to understand Meursault indifference. The murder trial turns into a trial that judged and condemns Meursault because he displays attitudes and behavior that are considered socially unacceptable.
Meursault rarely shows any feeling when in situations, which would, for most people, evoke strong emotions. Throughout the vigil, watching over his mother’s distressed dead body, at her funeral, he didn;t cry or show any emotions. He is, further then enjoying a cup of coffee with milk during the vigil, and having a smoke with a caretaker at the nursing home in which his mother died at. The following day, after his mother’s funeral, he goes to the beach and meets a former colleague named Marie Cardona and has a pleasant time as if nothing has happen, No feelings or emotions were even demonstrated at this tragic stage. They swim, go to a Movie, and then spend the night together. As their relationship progresses, Marie asks Meursault if he wants to marry her. He responds and says that it doesn’t matter to him, and if she wants to get married, he would agree. Meursult response to his girlfriend seems indifferent. A person that doesn;t love her can only make a response of such cruelty.She then asks him if he loves her. To that question he responds that he probably doesn’t, and explains that marriage really isn’t such a serious thing and doesn’t require love. This reaction is typical of Meursault as portrayed in the book. He appears to be casual and in…