The Stranger

by Albert Camus


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    A link to a biography about the life of Albert Camus, the author of The Stranger.
    The Stranger is based on the philosophical idea of absurdism.
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    The following link gives a different perspective on the novel The Stranger.

    Socratic Seminar

    I'm still toying with the questions, but if you work on these, you'll be fine. I will probably change one or two before Sunday afternoon. Remeber to bring notes to use. Examples from the book are always important.
    • Why start with his mother dying?
    • What motivates Mersault to act? What creates his energy?
    • Is there anything positive we can take from him?
    • How is the language reflective of his personality?
    • How would you describe Mersault's philosophy of life? What examples prove this?
    • What aspects of the novel relate to our other texts from the year?
    • Why does Camus include the stories of Raymond and his 'girlfriend' along with Salamano and his dog?
    • Would you consider Mersault to be an evil character?
    • What makes this book so interesting to read - if you are interested :)
    Seminar 2
    Has Mersault found his "one thing", or does he live by other rules?
    • What is worse: the parricide in the book, or Mersault's senseless murder?
    • As readers, we go from, "Maman died today," to "As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world." What has created the change in narration?
    • Does he worry about the murder he commits? Is it important to him?
    • What is really on trial in part 2?
    • Some say Bohemian Rhapsody is about The Stranger. Do you agree?