Existentialism in life and death

Albert Camus explores the mindset of an existentialist throughout his novel, The Stranger, through the character of Mersault. He is a textbook example of an existentialist. He doesn’t believe in love or have ambition or a desire to help others. He forms really no opinions of his own. His mindset is really, it is what it is, that life is random or absurd.

I read another work about existentialism by philosopher who is one of the most famous existentialists, Jean Paul Sartre. In his play, Huis Clos or No Exit, he perpetuates the idea of existentialism quite effectively through three main characters who all happen to be dead. This novel perpetuates a different philosophy of existentialism than The Stranger does. It perpetuates the existentialist notion that, “Hell is other people.” 

The Stranger perpetuates the notions on how existentialist view life whereas Huis Clos educates us on how existentialists view death, and or hell. Both of these novels help their readers understand existentialism on a deeper level through character experiences and are thus for the best method to learn about this philosophy.

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