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The Stranger Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

The Stranger is best compared to other books or essays that present an absurdist or an existential view of various aspects of life. Camus’s own The Myth of Sisyphus is exemplary in this regard. Kafka’s The Metamorphosis embodies the absurd and society’s reaction to it. His novel The Trial also explores the absurdity of man’s place in society and his search for meaning.

Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a more modern exploration of the outsider and nonconformist and how such an individual is treated in a highly moralistic and rigid institution (which symbolizes the accepted norms of society as a whole).

There are many films that deal with existentialism and the absurdity of...

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