Human’s Desire to Always Try and Find Something Better

As people we always want something better, we are never truly satisfied. When someone gets a brand new car they eventually get tired of it and want a better more expensive car. Or when someone gets a lap top, when a newer version comes out they automatically want that one more because it is presumed to be better. This is evident in Exit West in two ways. First off, Saeed and Nadia are never truly satisfied in any of their new homes. Secondly human’s desire to always find something better is shown in Saeed and Nadia’s relationship itself.

Saeed and Nadia do a lot of moving around in the book. Just as you think they might have actually found a place to permanently settle they get up and leave. They might enjoy their destination initially but eventually they get tired of it and want something better even when where they are at is already a good place to stay. One good example of this is when Nadia suggested,”Out of the blue….That they abandon this place and give up their position on the housing list, and all they had built here, and pass through a nearby door she had heard of, to the new city of Marin”(188). Even when they are making good progress to being able to live in an actual home and everything, they still give it up. They want something better and they believe that there is a better place out there for them and that their current location in London is not good enough.

This theme is present in Saeed and Nadia’s relationship as well. They have a great time at first with each other, but as time goes on and they are less dependent on each other and bored, they go out and meat new people in hopes of finding someone better. They hope to find someone who can once again give them the feeling of how they felt when Saeed and Nadia first got together, which for Saeed is the priest’s daughter and Nadia a chef.

Does Meursalt’s Emotionless mindset benefit his life?

Throughout the story “The Stranger Meursalt shows a severe lack of emotion and connection with society. We all deem it as a negative thing throughout the story, but is it really a bad thing?

The story wastes no time in showing Meursalt’s lack of emotion by starting off the story on the very first page with Meursalt receiving a telegram that his mother has passed away. Meursalt’s reaction to that telegram is that,”That doesn’t mean anything.” Any ordinary person with a heart would feel shocked and sad to his reaction, yet it might not actually be a mad thing. An ordinary person with emotion would receive this telegram and would probably go into a state of depression or something close to it that can severely negatively impact someone’s life. With Meursalt’s lack of emotion he is able to carry on life as normal and even goes out with a woman the next day.

While having no sense of emotion can take away a lot of the fruits of life, it certainly saves one from the deep valleys of life.

Emotionless man

In the first part of “The Stranger” we are introced to the protagonist Meursault. Meursalt is an interesting character in the sense that he seems to have no emotion towards anything.

The first instance where this is apparent is when his mom dies. Meursault seems completely unphased after his own mother’s death saying that “It does not mean anything” after recieving a telegram that his mother had passed. Even while visiting his mom’s casket he is just eager to get it over with and carry on with his weekend.

Another example of Meursault’s emotionless attitude is when the woman he has “feelings” for asks to marry him. Meursault responds with, “It did not make any difference to me and that we could if she wanted to” further illimuniating his lack of emotions are care for anything.