The Stranger

chapter 6

why do you think Meursault shot the Arab? What realization does Meursault have after he kills the Arab? Why is this a unique feeling for him?

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1) "Inevitably, the first question that the killing provokes is, “Why?” But nothing in Meursault’s narrative answers this question. Camus’s philosophy of absurdism emphasizes the futility of man’s inevitable attempts to find order and meaning in life. The “absurd” refers to the feeling man experiences when he tries to find or fabricate order in an irrational universe. Cleverly, Camus coaxes us into just such an attempt—he lures us into trying to determine the reason for Meursault’s killing of the Arab, when in fact Meursault has no reason. Camus forces us to confront the fact that any rational explanation we try to offer would be based on a consciousness that we create for Meursault, an order that we impose onto his mind."

2) He comes to the realization that he will have to face consequences for his actions, but he feels no remorse for what he has done.

Thank you Jill D, for the help