Unfinished love

Saeed and Nadia are a very interesting couple. Nadia straight off the bat is powerful and dominant. She even rides a motorcycle. Saeed happens to be a little more dependant on his parents and in most western traditional relationships would be considered unmanly.

Their love is put to the test in “Out West” by being put in a war setting where they must rely on each other for survival and comfort. We as the reader wait patiently as their conflicts unroll for the moment that they either get married or make love or anything special. But instead, we get nothing. I am no critic but I felt a little disappointed in the last few pages (final chapter) because I had waited for something to come from this relationship. They had suffered through death and all the emotions that make someone vulnerable, yet Nadia wasn’t satisfied and felt that their love was weakening by the day. In the reader’s eyes, the two main characters leave each other in a peaceful but meaningless way. It’s peaceful because they are at peace with one another and with their lives but their relationship had amounted to nothing. It’s hard to tell what the central theme of this story was but my best guess would revolve around their relationship. So the ending only let me and I’m sure many others with its open for interpretation ending.

Cries of Hate

In the second half of The Stranger we discover an understanding of Mersault in a different way. He has come to terms with his present reality. Prison isn’t all that bad in his perspective after all. He has done what most people could never, and found the appreciation in endless suffering. Because in endless suffering their are silver linings that Mersault has began to become fond of. Soon he will discover that he in fact does not have to live his life out in prison but instead he will be freed from his life by death.

“The day of my execution…they greet me with cries of hate” why would a man want words of hate on his last day of life. He has grown in terms of self understanding and can now enjoy experiences unlike before. Ever since he entered prison, having everything taken away he can now see life in a whole new perspective. in some strange sence, he wants to feel the hatred of others because hes never experienced it before because he was unable to comprehend these feelings.

Strange reactions.

In part one of “The Stanger” by Albert Camus, we are introduced to Monsieur Meursault, a peculiar character who has an immediate list of noticeable flaws to the way he reacts to things.

The first part of the book is structure in a way that shows us right off the bat what kinda charecter we are dealing with. Besides the main characters mother dying. The conflicts are set up in a way where they chronologically get worse and worse as the story goes on. It starts off by talking about his neighbors dog and its abusive owner and part one ends by him murdering a man. Very drastically different things but the reactions are similar. Both of these times he shows his inhumane response to something that most people would be bothered by.

“Then he beats the dog and swears at it”… “I said ‘good evening'”. When we are introduced to Salamono and his inhumane treatment of his dog, it is almost hard to read because we have to hear about how he treats his old sick dog. As the reader we expect the main character to speak in a similar way but he never does. Instead we get a strange response like “Good evening” following his indepth description of this poor dog.

“I knew I had shattered the harmony of the day” is Mansieur Meursault’s first response after shooting a man to death. Any sane person would be worried about a million different things after shooting a man, not about the “harmony of the day”. But the Meursault is not a sane person. His constant odd reactions show us that there are far more physiological problems under the main characters skin that we are hopefully going to discover in later chapters.