The Thought Surrounding Life

The Stranger introduces an original way of living that is deeply frowned upon by society. Not only was this way of living frowned upon by characters in the story, but also there were many readers who disliked Meursault as well. Readers, myself included, disliked Meursault for the reason that he lacked emotional attachment. He seemed so stoic and as if his emotions were completely turned off which made him seem inhumane. For example, the act of not crying at your mother’s funeral is troublesome and looked at negatively because it gives that notion that you didn’t care for your own mother. The way Meursault lives and thinks is fascinating but also so different it’s almost uncomfortable.

However, as the story went on I began to understand his thinking about life. Maybe the conversations that were had in class influenced my thinking. But the discussion about how there are so many different systems of life and how we must abide by those systems to not be an outcast in society was really interesting. Yet, even if one falls from the main system there is another system for the outcast. To add, the thought of taking full control of your life seems like it would make complete sense but the consequences are too extreme as seen in The Stranger.

Living in societes confining systems is tiresome and Meursault never realized that he was expelled from the ideas and instead he was influenced by the power of his own mind. Others cannot say the same. He had control over his life because he was not a slave to what society deems as correct or socially acceptable. However, when society says what a “horrible” person these ideas conclude they reject Meursault. Even in death he was hated, but life of true independence will upset society.

Outward Connections in “202 Checkmates”

The interesting story about a father teaching his daughter about how to play Chess really goes more into depth than just the game. The game forces the players to think, and think hard about the moves to come. My father also taught me Chess but not just to have someone to play with, he believed it would help me later in life and Robert was doing a similar thing. The first line of the story is, “In my eleventh year, my father taught me defeat.” In the story, the focus that Robert had when he was teaching his daughter was to give her a sense of what it means to experience loss and to work hard to alter the loss to make it a win. Robert taught her what it means to lose and win, however he does not do a good job of truly explaining how to properly accept those losses and wins. Robert sort of selfishly taught his daughter Chess as an outlit where he can be happy with a loss in his life. He was able to feel the emotion that comes with a win while still experiencing so much loss outside of the game. My father taught me Chess for the sole purpose of making me think. He always told me I must be 2 steps ahead so I don’t fall behind. My dad made sure it was clear to me that winning or losing didn’t matter, and that it was how I played tha game and that it was a smart game full of thoughout moves. My dad’s motives for teaching me Chess were a lot different that the motive that Robert had when he decided to teach Chess.

Benjamin’s Bonds of love realted to real world

 Benjamin explains the minor flaws in Frued’s argument because there needs to be a “balance of separation and connectedness,” for individuality to truly form. She states that one has to recognize the differences and similarities between subjects and have a sense of connectedness in order to have a healthy sense of identity. For a person to actually find their identity they need to understand that they are not the other, they are an individual, yet still doing so without conflict. It is important to recognize differences and understand them. Her theory makes me think about my sense of individuality. Do I have it? Meaning a full sense of identity. If so, how did it happen? What did I do? It brings up so many questions that I truly do not know the answers to. How does one know they have individuality? The concept is still new to me. However, it does make me think about the amount of people that believe that women don’t have a great sense of self due to their gender, and the topic of gender is also a huge deal today. This can be tied in with the broader discussion about gender and that can be tied into politics and individuality and power. Many struggle with the search for individuality and many want power in some way. These are challenging topics to begin to understand because it happens for everyone. Everyone must experience these dilemmas in some way, maybe it is more difficult for others and maybe it’s easier for another. Maybe, an event had to happen for someone to truly understand. As I stated before, it is a very interesting topic to me but as a senior in high school I still have no idea what it means.