Day 5

The Stranger Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    At the beginning of chapter 4, Meursault mentions that there seems to be a “conspiracy” to exclude him from the proceedings. In what way is this true?

    It is true that he is being excluded physically or mentally by not being allowed to speak in his own defense or tell his side of the story. It is also true that, on a deeper level, he is excluded because his true self is not and has never been recognized during the proceedings.

  2. 2

    The Prosecutor says that Meursault is more horrible and loathsome than the parricide (an upcoming case). Why does he think this? In what way might the Prosecutor equate Meursault with a parricide?

    The Prosecutor says this because he...

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