His general detachment makes living in prison very tolerable, especially after he gets used to the idea of being restricted and unable to have sex with Marie. Meursault then alienates himself from the typical spiritual ceremonies and actions to demonstrate his distrust of religion. Meursault's indifference to his mother's death demonstrates some. Later that evening and the next, Salamano goes to Meursault for comfort - he explains that he had adopted the dog shortly after his wife's death as a companion. I think everyone should really think about your question and apply it to their own lives. A fight breaks out in Raymond's room between him and his girlfriend.
Meursault says that is a waste of his time. Her laughter turns him on and she asks if he loves her. Louis Hudon has dismissed characterisation of L'Etranger as an existentialist novel in his 1960 analysis. In 2012 Ryan Bloom argued that it should be translated as 'Today, Maman died. Meursault devours his lunch and then takes a walk with the other men. What they accomplish makes them feel proud.
Raymond Sintès is a neighbour of Meursault who beats his Arab mistress. Raymond's stories are shifty — the random troublemaker turns out to be his mistress' brother; he beats his mistress for cheating but has scant evidence that she's actually been unfaithful. He is arrested in his behavior by a physical sensation. Meursault eats most of his food. The fight comes right after Meursault tells Marie that he does not think he loves her, but it does not mean anything. That being said, I really liked your question and thought it sparked a good discussion.
Raymond's desire for revenge against his girlfriend is revealed as soon as supper begins. He is happy with Marie and likes her but there is no emotional attachment. Meursault knows this, but he doesn't accept it until the very end of the novel, when he has his revelation. Yet note the images which Camus includes, such as Marie's destruction of the flowers or the houses stripped naked in Meursault's view. However, like when the dog goes missing and Salamano freaks out about it, I think people do have more love for themselves than they realize. One would think that since the dog was Salamano's only companion then he would treat it better. They walk along until they see two Arabs on the beach, one being Raymond's man.
This means, contrary to popular belief, that relationships are a negative aspect of human life, and one more reason that human life is expendable which seems to be an overall theme in the story. Seemingly, from that time on, he has been the come-what-may, indifferent Meursault. The light that bounces off the knife of the Arab is like a shot at Meursault, stabbing his eyes and forehead. He is in a sour mood. Camus moves us in this chapter through one of Meursault's work days. The conflict between the dog's ascribed meaning and it's condition serves to constantly remind Salamano of death.
GradeSaver, 13 May 2000 Web. When they suggest he goes to the dog pound, Salamano explodes at the idea of having to pay to get him back. The moment of the climax is hyperbolic in nature as Meursault feels that all time has frozen while he and the Arab stare at each other. Time slows even further when he nears the Arab and grips onto Raymond's gun. Meursault sees no reason not to help him, and it pleases Raymond. Meursault forgets her soon because she is not real or true to herself.
He remembers once that he did have ambition, but that when he had to drop his studies, he gave up and decided that all of his ambitions were futile. Always making his own decisions and acting on a singular basis, Meursault follows Raymond back to the beach even though he angrily demands to be left alone. In the United States, Knopf had already typeset the manuscript using Gilbert's original title when informed of the name change and so disregarded it; the British-American difference in titles has persisted in subsequent editions. Camus gives a great deal of attention to this woman and to Meursault's observation of her. Arriving at the beach, the atmosphere is still highly negative though on the surface, one would think it would be more positive. Salamano and his dog represent that part of society that just wants to feel secure, whether they are happy or not.
I kind of thought of the way Salamano treats his dog to be both a reflection of how people treat themselves, as well as that being a foil to Mersault's character. Meursault has never looked like a mourner, not even when his mother dies. Speechless, they hurry back to Meursault's bedroom. In a simple view of Meursault life and philosophies the remission of human feelings is evident, and slightly frightening. After hanging up, Meursault's boss calls him but fortunately does not talk about the phone call.
He also says that a pack of Arabs, one of which is his former girlfriend's brother, had been following him. This attachment-separation dynamic forms and interesting relationship that contributes to the plot and the larger themes of the novel. Then he beats the dog and swears at it. He agrees to write a letter for Raymond that will lure the mistress back so that Raymond can spit in her face, shaming her. It is not polite to tell someone that he would marry any woman in the same situation but this is not a consideration for Meursault. He thinks Meursault seems like the type who would enjoy the travel and change. Meursault agrees to be his witness and the two go out.