Nature’s Effect on Meursault

Throughout the novel, The Stranger, Meursault is known to give bland and emotionless responses to the people around him that makes him look like he is not interested. But there are many times in the story where he is more interested in nature and the outdoors than the things going on in his life. For example, the trial he is going through towards the end of the story. Meursault is on trial for murdering a man, but as the trail goes on and with “all the long speeches”, he can’t help himself and starts to imagine a “colorless swirling” that wounds up making him dizzy.(104) Also during the trail, he states that the reason for the crime he committed was because of the sun. There are other moments in the novel where he brings up nature and mainly the sky and the sun, but I am still trying to figure out the significance. Or maybe there isn’t even a deeper meaning. But seeing how Meursault acts and how he is as a person, I’m not surprised if he would drift off and try to escape the situations he is placed in.

One thought on “Nature’s Effect on Meursault

  1. LENNART L

    I agree I also do not know the significance, but I think some explanations can be inferred. As you said, Meursault is never interested in people whether it is Marrie, his lawyer, or the prosecutor. He is so messed up in the head and emotionless that maybe no matter who he is talking to or about what he doesn’t care or have interest in it, which forces his brain to focus on something else which for him maybe nature. It seems to be his release from the real world and his problems.

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