A Society in Danger Essay

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In the book The Stranger, Camus characterizes Meursault as an atheist, an unemotional robot, and an outcast to demonstrate how he threatens society. The way Camus characterizes Meursault impacts the book in views to which he threatens society, like when he seems useless, has no compassion or feelings, and when he does nothing to help society, making him seem like society’s worst enemy. How he characterizes Meursault proves how he becomes a threat to society through the use of syntax by displaying insensitivity, and diction to prove his atheism. He also only focuses on physical objects, and the way he sees life causing him to be a stranger. Meursault can be a threat to society by just not fitting in with everyone else and preventing …show more content…
Throughout the whole long sentence, Camus keeps describing Meursault, but he always does it in a negative way which makes him look like an emotionless person that cannot bring any good to society, symbolizing danger. Not only does Camus manipulate syntax, but he also employs diction to prove how Meursault’s atheism threatens the unity of society. Camus does a great job making Meursault an atheist to demonstrate how he threatens society. Meursault being an atheist keeps society from uniting as a whole because he does not fit in with everyone else. The magistrate questions Meursault by asking, ‘you do believe, don’t you, and you’re going to place your trust in Him aren’t you’ (Camus 69) and Meursault responds, “Obviously, I again said no” (Camus 69) proving that he has not only denied God once but several other times because he says “again” meaning he has done it more than once. His denial of God keeps society from uniting because everyone believes in God except him. Meursault’s atheism is so noticeable that he gets a nickname, ‘Monsieur Antichrist’ which explains his threat to society because all the people start calling him ‘Antichrist’ which means that everyone else goes to mass on Sundays to worship God, but he would care less what people do on Sundays (Camus 71). When the chaplain goes and visits him in jail he says, ‘I am on your side. But you have no way of knowing it, because

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