The Stranger

Meursault is often characterized as a man who makes no conscious choices. Yet he makes a single very important choice. What is it and why is is significant to a theme in the novel?


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Perhaps Meursault's biggest conscious choice was to see his world in existentialist shades of grey. If he could have bought "existentialist grey" at the paint store, he would have. Mersault decided that his choices did not matter. He sees the universe unfolding as it will despite what he thinks, says, or does. This certainly ties into the themes of the irrationality of the universe and the absurdity of life.