THe Stranger

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Happiness is defined as characterized by enjoying, showing, and marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy. Sadness is defined as expressing gloom, unhappiness or depression. By definition the two words are the epitome of opposites, yet they are inextricable intertwined. Like a shadow they follow each other, never letting the other occur for too long. How can it be that two such contrasting emotions are so closely linked? Novels are often an author’s observations on human behavior and one of the most common underlying themes of novels is this complex symbiotic relationship between happiness and sadness. This theme is common because all people can easily relate to these emotions. We learn how an author perceives both emotions and how one person’s unique view on both relates to oneself. In the novels The Stranger by Albert Camus and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, we see two views on this subject that are as different and simi Continue...


While in jail, Meursault has many epiphanies about his life. At this point we expect Meursau!lt to finally breakdown completely. There he has a stare down with the leader of the gang and eventually shoots the man. This is where we see the first example of the happinesssadness relationship. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. In this novel we follow the life of a pessimistic but average man. He welcomes his death and he even wants people to attend his death. This is where the happinesssadness relationship becomes one of the focal points in the novel. Then Meursault is sentenced to death by the guillotine. Then he meets a girl who he starts to dates. In The St!ranger, Camus shows us how a man with limited sentiment can find happiness in the saddest of places. This is the opening sentence in The Stranger by Camus. Earlier Meursault's friend, Raymond, had beaten a woman that was his ex-mistress. When he goes to his mother's funeral he does not weep. While they are on a beach vacation, an event that will change his life forever occurs.