Meursault shows his indifference towards any sort of relationship he has in his life that goes beyond acquaintances. He seems to not care about anyone in life other than himself, which he rarely cares about. This makes him look like a monster to the reader. This view of Meursault isn’t far from the truth. The end of the book shows that he chose to not take the advice of his lawyer. Meursault does not show any kind of remorse or seem apologetic at all therefore he is a monster. He does not deserve anyone’s pity or sympathy. Not only does he show his carelessness when it comes to his own life but also to his own mother and girlfriend. He views them only as shallow memories and “misses” them based on the things that they would do for him if they were still with him. This is ultimately why he faces the indifference of the world itself when he is punished for the killing of the Arab.
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My view on Meursault is a little different, I see Meursault not as a monster but as someone who is either emotionally disturbed or mentally not all there. He isn’t exactly happy or proud of how he acted at his mother’s funeral, or of killing an innocent man, or by not caring about Marrie. He just seems to not care, in a way though that may make him even more of a monster because he is stonecold and emotionless.
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