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The Trials of an Outsider – What Albert Camus’ The Stranger Teaches Us About Nonconformity in Society

  ”The Stranger” is a famous work by French writer Albert Camus. What does “outsider” mean? Camus created a man named Meursault in this book. He represents a group of people who are misfits in society and are always rejected and not understood by everyone.
  In fact, such people are not uncommon in life. For example, Dapeng filmed a movie “The Big Winner”. The male protagonist’s character is a standard “outsider”: he is a bank employee, and the bank is going to carry out an anti-robbery drill. Everyone thought it would just be a formality, but the male protagonist named Rigoru, who was rigorous and serious, was chosen to play the role of a robber. As a result, he carefully planned every detail of the “robbery” and asked his colleagues to do it again over and over again. As a result, the exercise that should have been completed in 30 minutes ended up in the middle of the night. The results can be imagined. No matter how hard “outsiders” try, they will always face being ignored by their families, misunderstood by their leaders, ostracized by their colleagues, and their lives will not improve.
  The novel “The Outsider” allows us to see the ridiculous things that “outsiders” in the life circle will encounter –
  Meursault’s mother died. He did not show much sadness, and he was not willing to be discouraged by it. He was loyal to her. In my heart, I disdain to cater to everyone’s expectations, so I become an “outsider” who doesn’t fit in in the eyes of others.
  His attitude surprised the people around him. According to worldly standards, he should be grieving and crying, but he didn’t because he knew that his mother was unhappy during her lifetime and death was a relief. His cold reaction made him feel cruel, and because he did not show the reaction expected by the public, he was judged as “incorrect”.
  Then, in a confused state of mind, he killed someone. During the interrogation, the prosecutor avoided discussing the details of the case, and instead asked Meursault: “Do you love your mother?” What followed was even more ridiculous. During the interrogation, the witnesses invited by the prosecutor confirmed Meursault’s guilt one by one. , these charges include: When his mother died, he didn’t even shed tears; at his mother’s funeral, he actually drank coffee with milk; on the day after the funeral, he was actually in the mood to date a woman… This trial almost did not target Mo Mo. Meursault did not kill himself, but tried every means to link the murder with the death of Meursault’s mother to prove that Meursault was a cold-blooded person. The prosecutor finally declared angrily: “I accuse this man of burying his mother with a murderer’s heart!”
  Of course, with a murderer’s heart, one can plan a premeditated murder, which sounds reasonable. of. “The Crowd” said: “The masses have never longed for the truth. They turn a blind eye to evidence that is not to their taste. People’s desire for moral trials is far greater than how the truth exists.” This court trial in Camus’s pen, The absurdity of the situation is clearly presented – it changes from a factual trial to a moral trial.
  But if you read “The Stranger” carefully, you will find that Meursault not only loves his mother deeply, but also has a passion for life. He is a person who lives sincerely. He just does not express his feelings in a way recognized by the world. Therefore, Nailed on the Pillar of Shame.
  In my opinion, “The Outsider” writes a “if you don’t fit in, you die” story. Meursault’s life was unremarkable. He just tried to break out of the established rules of society and failed to please the public, so he was imprisoned in a “cage” of aliens. Even so, he was unwilling to follow the crowd and stick to what he thought was true and beautiful until the end of his life.
  This seemingly absurd story tells us: Even if people who are misfits in life become “outsiders” in the eyes of others, their lives should not be dominated by others. We must love the world sincerely, remain honest, and never violate our true intentions no matter what the situation. When we realize the nature of absurd rules, we also understand how to calibrate our lives.

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