Meursault just upsets me.

Usually when I read a book for English, I find it to be a challenge to connect to or get invested in the story. With “the stranger,” I read about Meursault and his words and actions irritate me. Everything in his life is handed to him, everyone he meets with goes out of their way to be nice and positive. But

he

doesn’t

care.

That’s what bothers me, nothing matters to him. This come from part one, part two hasn’t changed mu opinion yet but my examples come from part one. Maman dies, yet his life continues as if nothing happened. Basically just “well, it is what it is.” and moves on. This is just an inhuman response, and I don’t get it. Then, he meets Marie. Simplifying a bit here, but, go swimming, make breakfast, Marie says “will you marry me?” and Meursault just says “Sure ok, if you want to.” His boss offers him a promotion in Paris. Again, he doesn’t accept or decline, just shows no interest what so ever. People around him are nice and treat him well, but it all does does not matter. However, because of my strong dislike of the main character I’m the most invested in a class novel in a long time.

“Mutual Recognition”

While we have discussed before the many benefits of mutual recognition in our everyday lives. But what about the negatives? Would a mutual recognition classroom be in our best interest? I don’t think so.

If the teacher is brought down to the same level as the students, nothing would be accomplished. The classroom needs a figure to drive discussion and the flow of ideas. The classroom has to be a binary dynamic, where the teacher shares knowledge with the recipients. How could a mutual recognition function without a figure with significant knowledge on a topic before meeting with the group? The classroom would fall into complete chaos, which in my opinion could be worse than a “boring” lecture. While it is good to acknowledge the everyday usefulness of the mutual recognition perspective, it does have its flaws, such as in the classroom setting.

The significance of “acknowledge”

Throughout the story, “escape from spiderhead”, acknowledge is used to force Jeff to cooperate with the experiment and it’s consequences. All of the test subjects are made to be a part of the experiment and to administer the trial themselves, through the word “acknowledge”. The most important moment in the story was when Jeff refuses to say acknowledge. It this moment, Abnesti still makes Jeff allow him to give Rachel Darkenfloxx.

“I did not say “acknowledge.” Enough, Abnesti said. Verlaine, what’s the name of that one? The one where I give him an order and he obeys it? Docilryde. Is their Docilryde in his Mobipak? Abnesti said. Theres Docilryde in every Mobipak, Verliane said.” (75) In this scene, it connotes that Jeff is not making his own decisions, but he is made to believe he is. If every pack has Docilryde, how do we know Jeff’s action have been his own at any point in the story? The word “acknowledge” is a representation of the illusion of choice. If Abnesti can make Jeff do what he wants anyway, acknowledge’s only purpose is to Jeff feel to the impact of “his” decisions and believe they are his, but maybe it was Abnesti all along?