Important Quotations Explained
died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from
the home: “Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.”
That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.
said, “If you go slowly, you risk getting sunstroke. But if you
go too fast, you work up a sweat and then catch a chill inside the
church.” She was right. There was no way out.
minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn’t mean
anything but that I didn’t think so.
said that people never change their lives, that in any case one
life was as good as another and that I wasn’t dissatisfied with
mine here at all.
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. Finding it so much like
myself—so like a brother, really—I felt that I had been happy and
that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me
to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd
of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with
cries of hate.
by I dont need a bluddy nick name, March 21, 2013
This Spark Note describes Meursault as being amoral. I completely disagree with this interpretation. It is not that Meursault does not understand right and wrong but rather that his ideas of right and wrong differ from those of society. This different moral code can be seen by the way he refuses to break his own morals. He may not value life but he does value honesty and his disbelief in a higher being. Throughout the book he never lies or pretends to have faith in God not even to save his life. His specific moral code is founded in Camus` ... Read more→
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by dmborong, April 11, 2013
Albert Camus' idea of morality in 'The Stranger' is completely unconventional and this can be seen through the protagonist who is a total embarrassment to the society in which he finds himself. This disparity between what is expected of Meursault and what he displays forms the basis of Albert Camus' philosophy of morality. There is a big question mark on conventional morality which the author finds to be absurd. He seems to be questioning the fabric of societal morality on grounds of motivation; are some of those values upheld merely for con... Read more→
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by OverseasTeacher, April 29, 2013
Morality is simply the way that an individual chooses between opposing values in a given situation.
So, lets say "Prolife" vs "Prochoice" as a moral issue. Regardless of your position, you are pushing values. The question isn't "is a fetus valuable?" or "is a woman's right to choose what happens to her body valuable?"
The vast majority of the world would answer yes to both. No, the question is... "which is more valuable if you can't have both?"
In this way, morality requires an active decision making.
This is wher