The Care of Another

The main character Meursault is called an emotionally detached figure by many in Albert Camus’s The Stranger. But while reading we learn that he craves the emotion of others although he rarely feels it himself. Although he seems unmotivated through the book giving up at times, it is his unconscious brain guiding him towards making the big decisions. Which creates a relationship or sets him up with those that can award him with compassion. This common motif throughout the story silently drove and/or influenced; him to marry, become Raymonds friend, and to kill the man. In all these moments he confessed to the reader, “As always whenever I want to get rid of someone I’m not really listening to, I made it appear as if I agree. (69).” Instead of thinking of Meursault as an uncaring person, we realize he is simply unable to show compassion. But it is unspoken that he craves the very thing that he cannot possess.

One thought on “The Care of Another


    I like your take on Mersaults character in this analysis. I do believe that a way that he expresses his human traits is through his compassion. Mersault’s mind is very odd and his moral ambiguity can be questioned throughout the story. I think it is interesting how he justifies killing in his head which can be related to awarding his brain with compassion.


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