The Stranger is a novel by Albert Camus that was first published in 1942. At first glance, the plot seems to comprise a sequence of random events in the life of the protagonist, Meursault. However, Camus utilizes Meursault to claim that accepting the idea that the universe is devoid of order and reason is the only way to be happy and free. Read a character analysis of Meursault, the plot summary, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in The Stranger and in-depth analyses of Meursault, Raymond Sintes, Marie Cardona, and more.

Literary Devices

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Questions & Answers

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Further Study

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