LEtranger Essay

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LEtranger



In L’etranger, an existentialist novel written by Albert Camus, the reader begins to
discover that women are treated abusively or poorly. The main character in L’etranger,
Meursault, views women as lesser than men; which ultimately conveys how women were thought
of in Africa for that time period.


In the second chapter, the reader first begins to get an idea of Meursault character, and
his feelings towards women. After swimming with Marie Cordona, who once worked as a
typist at Meursault office, he invites her to the cinema. This is very inappropriate, as
his mother had died only a few days earlier. During the film, Meursault proceeds to
fondle Maries breasts, and eventually kisses her. Shortly after the movie, Marie comes
with Meursault back to his flat. This shows that Meursault thinks that women are merely
in his life for pleasure; and no greater meaning such as love.


On page 38, Marie asks if Meursault loves her; and he simply told her that it didn’t mean
anything, but he didn’t think so. This emphasizes how Meursault does not believe in love,
and does not like Marie for anything but a physical relationship, and possibly and as
something to do. The way in which Meursault feels about women is not uncommon for this
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