Women in The Stranger and Trust

Women in The Stranger are typically being acted upon instead of making their own decisions. The main character is Meursault, a man who views love and relationships as insignificant. Because of this, women are repeatedly portrayed in negative lights. Raymond’s mistress is painted as a cheater and weak because she is repeatedly abused by him. Women and dogs are repeatedly paralleled in the text, suggesting to readers that they are seen as less human than their male counterparts.

In the movie Trust, a woman, Maria is the main character. Most of the scenes center around her and the experiences she has over the course of the movie. She begins the movie in a “Stranger” sort of portrayal. A promiscuous unmarried, pregnant woman who has been rejected and ostracized from everyone in her life. However over the course of the movie she starts to make more choices that make her a more well rounded character. She takes it upon herself to change her lifestyle, become more educated, and more independent. Trust shows that women are able to break out of the binary Camus introduces in The Stranger and participate in a world where they have more agency.

3 thoughts on “Women in The Stranger and Trust

  1. Reid M.

    It kind of reminds me of how when Joseph Conrad wrote the Heart of Darkness he was criticizing Belgian imperialism, but he still wrote a book filled with orientalism. Camus wrote a book advocating for the existentialist philosophy, but he held a blind spot about women; which, happily, is filled by Trust.

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  2. KYLIE HOUGHTON

    The treatment of women in The Stanger is similar to how women are treated in the film, Trust. The women in Trust are uneducated, divorced, single, and widowed. Maria dropped out of high school early and the only way she know can learn is from an older, more educated white male.

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  3. Violet B

    This is an interesting analysis, but I disagree that trust was different from the Stranger in the portrayal of women. Maria doesn’t exactly make choices for herself, but rather to be more like Matthew/to get him to like her more. Her perspective on adulthood and maturity are framed around Matthew in my opinion, so he cannot be separated from Maria’s choices because of that.

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