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Even though they have these similarities, Salamano abuses his dog and they are known to hate each other.
This escalates until Salamano's dog runs away from his owner while they are out on a walk. Salamano and his dog have an abusive relationship that sparks the question if Salamano should actually be allowed to have ownership of the dog. Meursault and his mother have a pretty distant relationship, as Meursault sent his mother to a home and then didn't visit her much because it was inconvenient.
While at his mother's funeral, Meursault then didn't express much grief in the way that society expected him to. Even though both relationships seem to be unusual ones, they also have some fundamental differences. The relationships almost seem to be opposites of each other.
Meursault and his mother seemed to have a pretty normal relationship before the mother's death. They seemed to love each other to some extent, as Meursault still seemed to care about making sure his mother was taken care for even if he couldn't. Salamano and his dog seem to be the opposite. While they were together, their relationship was not loving at all, as Salamano constantly abused his dog and they hated each other.
Throughout the story, Meursault reacts indifferently towards the people he encounters on a daily basis. At the end of Part 1 of The Stranger, he shoots and kills an Arab man. Throughout Part 2, he never gives anyone a reason why, and never repents for killing the Arab.
He only realizes after the court finds him guilty and sentences him to death that he was never on trial for killing the Arab, but for his indifference to everything that happened, from his mother dying, his relationships with his friends, and finally his reaction to having killed someone. Meursault lacks a moral compass because he cannot tell the difference between what is right and what is wrong.
In a moral society, anyone who can kill someone without feeling bad about it and accept the consequences should be understood in order to keep people from moral destruction. Camus begins the book with the protagonist, Meursault, making a statement about his mother.
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If he does not know when his mother died, he must not have kept in touch with her or the people who took care of her. Therefore, readers must assume he did not have a good relationship with her, or at the very least a close relationship with her. He is superficial and lives truthfully by his indifference to everything. If he had cared about his mother at all, then he would have kept in touch with her caretakers about the state of her health.
Immorally Yours, Mr. Meursault.
How quickly he dismisses the thought by telling us he does not know essentially tells us he does not care when she died. Her death made absolutely no difference to him.THE STRANGER BY ALBERT CAMUS // ANIMATED BOOK SUMMARY
Meursault is a quiet man, observing the world around him with little to say about it. He lives his life unaffected by what other people say to him but understands how some people might feel about what he says and does.
The fact that he is indifferent towards what other people do to each other illuminates the lack of moral principles.
Meursault and his Mother vs. Salamano and his Dog
If Meursault had a moral compass, then he might have chosen to stay out of their business entirely and not be guilty of immoral conduct. Meursault is free to be friends with whomever he wants. His decisions are his own and no one has the authority to tell him with whom he can spend his time. Up to this point in the novel, readers have not seen any violence or anger come from Meursault.
However, this does not mean he is not capable of being as violent as his friend, Raymond.
The audience knows what makes Raymond capable of committing such immoral acts, but Meursault has yet to show that side of himself to the readers. He goes to the beach with his friends and encounters the brother of the girl that Raymond had beaten up.
The day is hot and Meursault is already feeling the negative effects of the heat in his body. An hour or two beforehand, he and Raymond had fought with this man and ended with each party going their separate ways.
After accidentally running into the Arab again, he makes sure he is prepared for anything, so he grabs the gun in his pocket. With the light blinding Meursault, he reacts by squeezing the trigger on the gun and the shot kills the Arab. Meursault does not react as someone who just killed a person, but rather as someone who succeeded in removing an object that added to his miserable state.
And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.