Meursault’s Indifference To Anything and Everything

In the The Stranger, by Albert Camus, Meursault appears to be indifferent to many situations he faces throughout this story. Does this mean he truly does not care?

An example of this indifference is present when Meursault overhears Raymond beating his wife, while accompanying Marie: “Marie said it was terrible and I didn’t say anything” (36). Another example from the story is when Raymond asks how Meursault expected him to react to the cop, and Meusault replies, “I wasn’t expecting anything” (37).

It appears that Meursault’s indifference is present when he does not say, do, or think “anything” regarding a subject. I think that it is interesting how Meursault does not care about anything and wonder if it is him actually not caring, or him hiding or burying his true feelings because he is content with everything that he has. Part 1 briefly describes that Mersault grew less ambitious after he gave up his studies. It leads to reader to wonder why he gave up his studies and question whether there is a chance that his ambitions may reoccur and cause him to care again.

2 thoughts on “Meursault’s Indifference To Anything and Everything

  1. Kianna G.

    I think your thought about Meursault’s ambitions returning later in the story is really interesting. I think that his ambitions might have an importance in the story, but we just don’t know it yet. I also agree, he seems detached from his feelings and doesn’t have much of an opinion.


  2. Jeremy B

    I really like this interpretation of The Stranger. It is a more hopeful one, contrasting with the nihilism and absurdism of the story itself. Ambition may play a larger role in the story as it progresses.This story did coincide with The Myth of Sisyphus, where the author Albert Camus proposes his idea of the absurd. Maybe this story shows the flaws of focusing on the absurd. But for now, we can only hope that Meursault gain his ambition back.


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