This novel is subject to differently literary perspectives and interpretations. One of the perspectives that made my toes curl is the interpretation that this story is on the importance of believing in God as the “one” who gives right direction in your life. When I read this opinion as in opinion with a capital O , my hair stood on end as if those who claim so are holier -than –thou. Now , why do those people think so? What parts of the story that make them draw the conclusion?
Meursault is an enigmatic character in the story. You may describe him weird or idiosyncratic because he tends to be apathetic toward society. Perhaps, the holier-than-thou understood him based on their religious beliefs and teachings. For examples: first, he showed no interest in the funeral. He did not cry over her mother’s death. Rather, he was found insincere ; he was found impolite , for he slept through the funeral vigil. In fact, in the story, you might as well revolt at what he responded to his employer upon his request for leave of absence, “Sorry, sir, but it’s not my fault, you know.” Second, he does not care much about the people around. For him, they are merely observers. Fourth, he is not sure of his marriage or relationship. Fifth, he is content with his life. Finally, he is an agnostic.
I hate to say this but those arguments above, notably the last one, are arguments of stupidity. They have nothing to do with God. We can just conclude that Meusault, the protagonist, is just a subject of scientific and philosophical studies. Scientifically, we can jump to the conclusion that the arguments from one to 5 are psychological. Turn to a behavioral psychologist and psychiatrist or more than a scientist if you want to get at what I am driving at here. On the other hand, philosophically, the concept of the story, particularly signifying Meusault’s life crisis is an example of absurdism. Review your philosophy.
To remonstrate aginst the holier-than-thou’s opinion that this story is on the importance of believing in God as the “one” who gives right direction in your life, atheists along with their other word families have been living in the right direction without the teachings or the ridiculously so-called “divine guidance or intervention” . To confirm my point, I suggest that you read the anthropological life of some countries in the world. A library of information is accessible in the internet. If you are a Luddite, enter the huge libraries in your place and be a scholar in an Ivory Tower. Besides, don’t dare that I have no any ideas of what atheist life is like because I bear witness to that.
How about you, fellas? What are your perspectives on it?
Ideally, I wanted to give it 1 star for the inconsistencies of the story. I believe that convicting someone on the grounds for the six arguments above is misleading and jurisprudentially illogical in order to make the story a hit among readers. Furthermore, among the people the main character, Meursault, got along with, only his employee was not included in standing as a witness in the court. I wonder why? Nevertheless, there is no difference if I still gave it 4 or 5 stars on the grounds that Albert Camus intended to write such a novel to apply his philosophy on Absurdism drawing from the criminal incident he may have known of. In other perspective, since writing is an art, the other significant parts such as when Meusault was asked to ask forgiveness from God for all the sins he had committed, particularly his unusual agnosticism , and when he was prejudiced against his unconventional attitude could have been how hegemonic the religious atmosphere in his generation to minor groups was . In other words, as a result, Camus’s trick did the justice to this novel; it is a beautiful story. I felt what Camus must have intended to trickle off- feeling of emptiness. Besides, I liked the fact that he used the first person since it signifies the reader himself/herself. Also, the prose and the structure of the sentences, I believe, are well –translated. So , I would say that the translator is competent. I wish I could understand French so I could know the real feelings in Camus’ books.
I want to consider this novel as one of my favorite books as well as Albert Camus as one of my favorite writers. I was moved. I was bothered until I was reduced to tears. I guess I have found someone who could possibly penetrate through my uncharted universe. And please, do not invoke God, for I am done with this theological business. So far, his other books are now on my list like and I hope to read them some time. ^^
Rating: 4/ 5 stars ( I really liked it. )