Printed in Studies in Critical Philosophy.
In writing The Stranger, Albert Camus championed the idea of existentialism, a philosophy he truly believed in it. In dwelling on the chance of an appeal, he is forced to consider the possibility of denial and thus of execution; therefore, he must face the fact of his death — whether it comes now or later.
The fictional characters, therefore, who shoulder their new mortal responsibility, are often characterized as rebels.
He flies into rage, finally, at the chaplain's persistence, for he realizes that the chaplain has not adequately assessed the human condition death being the end of life — or, if he has, the chaplain's certainties have no meaning for Meursault and have not the real value of, say, a strand of a woman's hair To Meursault nothing will matter so he lives a simple life with simple needs.
Camus, founder of absurdism and French Nobel Prize winning author, sends the reader his underlying theme that life is meaningless and has no ulti-mate significance.
He even says that if forced to live in a hollow tree truck, he would be content to watch the sky, passing birds, and clouds In this connection, it must be admitted that he is externally very sensitive and aware, despite his lack of self-understanding and emotional response.
Of course, the "meaning" of another's death is quite difference from the "meaning" of one's own death. Meursault, on the other hand, is absolutely certain about his own life and forthcoming death.
Also, he fails to show any form of regret or thought to his murder of the Arab, or to attempt to find reason as to why he killed the man.