Is it Possible For Meursault to Love?

At the beginning of The Stranger, I would have said that it was not possible for Meursault to find love whether it be within a person or an object. But now, having read the ending of the story, I’m not sure if that is quite the case. Or if it’s as simple as a yes or no answer. With love, comes many social constructs that the world has provided for people to make them feel happier about the life that they were born into. With Meursault, he strays away from ordinary societal expectations and doesn’t give into those ideas. 

When Marie asks him if he loves her and if he wants to marry her, he says if that’s what you want to do then we can, but it doesn’t matter. Meursault understands that there are social constructs built upon the world but he also understands that for himself to be completely content with what life is, he doesn’t have to play into those structures. 

At the end of the story, we find Meursault talking to the priest and becoming quickly enraged with what the priest is saying. He gets so fed up that he insults and grabs the priest and we are finally able to see Meursault act and react. Given this final picture of Meursault, I know that he can feel emotion and can allow himself to be overcome with emotion, so much so that he just reacts without thinking about it. With that, I think Meursault might be able to accept love into his life. 

So, maybe?

3 thoughts on “Is it Possible For Meursault to Love?

  1. OWEN C

    I agree that for someone of his indifference to everything, that finding love isn’t something that will be easy for him. I think the example of him and Marie talking about the future and he says if that’s what she wants they can do it, explains it perfectly that for someone who is so nonchalant about everything love will be difficult.

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  2. SAMUEL LUBINUS

    i think in order for him to love, he would have to show some sort of emotion because at the rate he is at right now, he is very non chalant about anything to do with his relationship. he would have to be more like he is at the end where he actually becomes emotional.

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  3. Olivia M

    I agree that his indifference is what keeps him from loving anyone.
    However, while I know that we see him express some emotion towards the end of the book, I don’t know that it necessarily means he is capable of love. The only situations when he is not indifferent have more to do with him and his life than his feelings towards anything or anyone.

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