By Harold Bloom

Albert Camus's landmark existentialist novel strains the aftermath of a stunning crime and the guy whose destiny is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger provides readers with a brand new type of protagonist, a guy not able to go beyond the tedium and inherent absurdity of daily lifestyles in a global detached to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens. whole with an advent from grasp literary pupil Harold Bloom, this new version of full-length serious essays encompasses a chronology, bibliography, and index for simple reference.

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When he said she could get a job, she refused. He found clues that she was cheating on him, confronted her, and beat her. ” Still, he felt this was not punishment enough, so he had asked some of his friends of questionable character what else he could do. On his own, though, he had come up with the idea of sending her a letter that would get her to repent. When she arrived at his place, he had taken her to bed then spit in her face and kicked her out. At various points, Raymond asks Meursault what he thinks of the story, and Meursault responds at times in a noncommittal way and at times in agreement.

A crowd immediately gathers in the hall. ’ ” the narrator tells us, and as usual, he does not answer her. When she tells him to go for the police, he tells her he does not like law enforcement officials. His distaste for police officers is stronger than his desire to fulfill Marie’s request. The police arrive, and Raymond answers the door with a cigarette hanging from his lips. When the policeman tells him to take the cigarette out of his mouth, he does not, and the policeman slaps him, assaulting the man who coincidentally is in trouble for assaulting a woman.

Raymond repeatedly argues that events occurred by chance, and the prosecutor points out how unlikely this is. He asks Raymond what he does for a living and then explains that Raymond really is not a warehouseman, as he claims, but a pimp. ” Raymond and the defense lawyer object, but the prosecutor is allowed to continue. The prosecutor asks Raymond if he indeed is Meursault’s friend. Raymond answers positively, and then the prosecutor asks Meursault if he is friends with Raymond. Meursault hesitates but answers in the affirmative.

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