The Stranger Beatrice Guapo Period 4 May 1, 2000 What is love to Muersault My father once said, If you cannot love, then you cannot live. In the novel The Stranger by Albert Camus, Muersault, the main character would not be able to comprehend this statement, let alone agree. Love seems to have no importance to character Muersault. In the beginning of the novel Muersault mother passes away. Sunday was over, that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, really, nothing had changed.
This is Muersaults thoughts two days after his mother’s death. Usually when a person mother dies there is a long healing process that can last a life time, but in Muersaults case he shows no signs of loss or pain. He gives the impression that he did not love his mother, and feeling this way is okay. Muersault is involved with a young woman named Marie. One day Marie asks Muersault if he loves her, he tells her It didn’t mean anything but that I didnt think so.
When two people are involved, there is a mutual compassion and concern for each other’s feeling. If one were to ask if the other loved them, and they did not, they would find a delicate and considerate manner to tell them how they felt. Muersault answer gives the impression that he had not given his and Maries relationship any thought before that moment, love wasnt a meaningful enough issue to subject it to any thought. To Muersault the issue love does not deserve contemplation. His mother death and significant other love request were dealt with as though they were an everyday event. How can a person really know how to enjoy the virtues of life if they cannot see the importance of love.