How does Meursault’s relationship with people—especially with Marie—contrast to the relationship between Salamano and his dog? To the relationship between Sintés and his ‘girl’? Is an abusive, or love-hate, relationship better than a cold, unfeeling and indifferent, emotionally remote relationship? Why or why not?
Meursault’s relationship with people is not overtly, physically cruel, but has a form of cruelty in its indifference and lack of commitment. Students should discuss their ideas about the relative value of love-hate relationships vs. emotionally barren and indifferent relationships. Meursault is indifferent to what happens between Salamano and his dog. Meursault...
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