Relationship with Marie - Libby Reiner - Benchmark 4
Though fond of Marie, Meursault does not feel bound to her as a unique individual and the excruciating love/hate relationship between Salamano and his dog. In this Chapter Meursault meets with Marie again and they go to another beach. . The image that we get from the description of the relationship between him. Meursault's relationship with Marie embodies his focus on his physical needs rather than his emotional feelings. Within a day of being reunited with Marie, the.
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Nothing at all seems to stick to Mersault, not even his mothers death. After any event, he simply stops caring or thinking about it, and the other reason he does half the things he does, is simply because he doesn't have anything else to do.
This mindset would definitely make life easier, but the lack of meaning and substance in his life, just makes it feel like he is going through the motions. Another quote, I assume one of the more famous quotes in the book says "And just then it crossed my mind that one might fire, or not fire- and it would come to absolutely the same thing" pg.
While this is not true in every sense, it really makes you think.
If he does shoot, then he has to live with the guilt, and if he gets caught, he will have to face the consequences, which are obviously not pleasant. But if he does not shoot, he will not have to deal with any of those things. So clearly it will not result in the absolute same thing.
When you really think about it though, and have the mindset of Mersault, maybe it is not as big of a deal as one would think.
If Mersault believes life is pointless, and there is nothing after death, it does not matter if he shoots or doesn't. No matter what he does, in the end, nothing counts and the universe does not care about him at all. Another way to interpret this line is that: Absurdism Throughout the chapter, we sense a lack of externally authenticated meaning.
The only judgments and justifications we get are entirely human and the majority are linked to simple pragmatic truths: The observations he makes are realistic and completely down to earth and do not call on any higher idea or higher power to validate them. The Importance of the Present In the chapter you can see that Meursault is not concerned with the past or the future, instead, he only sees importance in the present.
Instead, he seems to feel something more akin to lust or infatuation for her beauty when she smiles, or when she looks particularly beautiful at a given moment.
This shows that he also does not dwell in the past. The absence of meaning is emphasized by the repetition of this phrase throughout the book. His emotions completely contradict the manner in which we had seen Salamano treat his dog in the previous chapters.
The Stranger - The state of Meursault and Marie's relationship
The image that we get from the description of the relationship between him and his dog is something that usually people would frown upon however, Meursault does not respond to them in a negative way and treats them in the same way that he would treat everyone else. Another, more extreme example of a socially unacceptable person is Raymond.
Nevertheless, Meursault on the other hand expresses his like for Raymond and shows how much he likes him. Firstly the scene is set when Meursault describes the day he had prior to seeing a film with Emmanuel.
She pressed her mouth to mine.