The Stranger, a novel by Albert Camus, writes about the life of Meursault from his own perspective. The book is written in first person, giving readers a direct path into the eyes and thoughts of Meursault. It is very interesting to find what Meursault notes. Oftentimes, Meursault will disregard typically emotional events, like the loss of his mother or animal abuse. However, he always seems to note the weather and the sun. This is no coincidence in the writing.
It appears as though the warm colors of the sun indicate moments of suffering or a bad turn of events. When Meursault takes notice of the damped mood of people walking home and the crying of children, Camus makes note that “The sky changed again. Above the rooftops the sky had taken a reddish glow…” (23). Warm, normally calming colors seem to be negative in Meursault’s life. Even more blatantly obvious is the color of the sky during his encounter with the Arabs on the beach. Just prior to the release of the bullet from Meursault’s gun, the novel states that “There was the same dazzling red glare” that was overhead during their first encounter with the Arabs (57). The sun clearly demonstrates insight into the coming of events in the book. As we continue to read The Stranger, it is keen to make note of how the weather plays a role in Meursault’s life.