Meursault has already been introduced as a rather odd character. I have never read a book told in first person that had the lack of passion, thought process and emotion as this book does so far. Because of Meursault’s lack of passion towards himself as well as others, makes most of his relationships seem one sided. He is there for that person and they are not their for him, he doesn’t necessarily enjoy their presence but they enjoy his. Specifically his relationships with his two male neighbors. When no questions asked Meursault helps Raymond write a letter to his ex and testifies in court for him. Or when Salamano’s dog died, he went to Meursault for reasurance. Why does Meursault’s lack of passion attract passionate people?
Their is one relationship in particular that seems to be the other way around. That is his relationship with Marie. From just these first few chapters Marie and Meursault’s relationship has grown tremendously. It started out as just a sexual relationship, then some pages later they are discussing marriage- “That evening Marie came by to see me and asked me if I wanted to marry her. I said it did not make any difference to me” (41). Yet again Meursault is attracting passionate people. But in this situation some of this passion seems to rub off on him as he thinks to himself, “For no apparent reason, she laughed in such a way that I kissed her” (35 ). Although Meursault describes this scene in a very bland way, he is showing passion without being asked. He is showing passion because he wants to. What about his relationship with Marie makes it different from all the other relationships in his life
3 thoughts on “Why Her?”
I agree with the fact that Meursault’s relationship with Marie is almost purely sexual and I also agree with the fact that for some reason, he does seem to show some sort of emotion towards Marie. Maybe this is because he continuously wants to sleep with her or maybe because he does have actual feelings for her that he clearly hasn’t admitted to himself.
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I really liked your question regarding why Meursault is always attracting passionate people into his life. I believe it is possible people find comfort in his seemingly rational personality. Marie even says she loves him because he is peculiar not in spite of it. I think Meursault seems so grounded in what he believes is meaningful (which is not much) that people feel they can trust him to be honest with them, and find that attractive.
I like how you talk about the contrast between Meursualt and the people that he befriends. I never thought about the fact that he is completely opposite to them and maybe that’s why he always being friends with people who are nothing like him.