Meursault is different from the rest of us in society in the way that he finds existence meaningless, so therefore everything we do and feel becomes meaningless too. Grief is an emotion that usually accompanies death and is an emotion felt by most. But for someone like Meursault who doesn't even feel love, death will only invoke trivial emotions like curiousity in him. He is incapable of feeling deep human emotions because of the way he thinks. He reckons that there is no purpose of feeling happy or sad about something, because it doesn't even matter in the end when you die. He doesn't believe in the afterlife either, so existence for him is just an odious task. He neither loves nor despises it, the way he neither loves not despises anything else in the world.
Furthermore, Meursault is confused about his continuation in this universe. Upon receiving news of his mother's death, he tries to decipher the exact time when she died. He isn't overcome by sorrow. Instead, he is trying to figure a fact out. Meursault has a tendency of being disconnected from normal human emotions because he is confused, and his primary goal is to make sense of the situation first before adding emotional attachments to it. But since he is constantly in a perplexed state, he hardly gets to proceed to the next step of feeling anything.
Meursault's disconnection from the normal human emotions of grief that usually accompany death is evident in the whole of Chapter 1. The prime example of his separation from emotions would be when he receives the news of his mother;s death. "Maman died today. Or maybe yesterday." (Pg. 1) In a normal situation, anyone would feel grief or emotional pain over a family member's death, but in Meursault's case, he feels rather indifferent.
From this we can see Meursault's view on love and emotion is numb. Death is usually faced with fear or denial, contrastingly, Meursault feels uncaring and even apathetic. In Chapter 1 he is concerned about everything else except for his mother's death including the nuances of expression of the elderly, the blazing weather, and the back and forth conversations. This proves that he is indifferent about the idea of death. Meursault may possibly even think that death is inevitable, we are all born with the fate to die, therefore dealing it with emotions is unnecessary and even causes irritation to him.
Meursault is detached from the emotional world, even her mother's death does not make him feel grief. Grief is a strong and overwhelming emotion that everyone processes, but Meursault's characteristics led him to only caring about the fact of what time his mother died instead of crying like normal humans. We can see that Meursault is emotionless when he's paying no attention to the discourteous vigils in Marengo, which he doesn't care how is his mother's body being treated and isn't offended at all. He even think that this observation is made sense and interesting, which directly shows he's disconnected with human emotions.
Meursault is disconnected from the normal human emotions of grief that usually accompanies death is because he doesn’t see a purpose in life or things that he would sacrifice for, his view on death could be concluded that he think death is inevitable and doesn’t see a point in grieving for a dead person. He merely reported his mother’s death in a cool way, not expressing any kinds of curiosity about the current events and does not seem to want to figure them out.
Meursault is quite different to the rest of the people in his society, in which he find being accepted meaningless, the grief he should feel does not exist within him. He doesn’t feel the emotion of love, the meaning of religion, but accept the fact of what has happened without further investigation.
Mersault does not have emotions to what the "normal" people usually have. Through the reaction he have from receiving the news of his mother's death, we can see that he does not actually care, either to death, or his mother, or even both. He is disconnected from other people's emotion, he does not get sad or excited or any other emotions, he does not feel the other's emotions, he understand the reason of having a feeling. He try to make every situation clear and turn it into a fact, because of being human, the majority of the human race cannot throw away the emotional side of us, but Mersault simply does not feel it, which can either make his life more convenient or dehumanise him.
While Mersault does not show any immediate signs of grief, or any other conventionally "positive" emotions in general, it cannot be said that he has been completely immune from the effects of his mother's death. During the first chapter of the book there were lots of references made about Mersault suspecting others of judging and criticizing him, in particular when he feels that he is being blamed for her death. These actions may have simply been the results of his selfishness and pride, or it may be that subconsciously he was in denial about his mother's death and it's connection to him. If the latter turned out to be what Camus intended, then it cannot be said that the character of Mersault is entirely detached from the emotion of greif, though it could be said that it effects him in more unconventional ways.
Meursault's indifference to his mother's death signifies a lack of compassion and emotion towards others, something that separates him from the rest of society. One emotion that normally accompanies the death is grief - however Meursault did not, nor did he attempt to portray this emotion, however he simply accepted the fact of his mother's death and treated it like everything else, a mundane activity or ending.
When receiving the news of his mother's death, instead of showing an signs of grief, he focuses on a trivial detail, the time of her death, "It doesn't mean anything. It may have been yesterday." He disregards the fact of her death and simply focuses on the time, perhaps a way to classify her death, but ultimately, he shows little to no grief of her death at all. This shows his disconnection to regular human emotions, and gives a small glimpse of his philosophy, or even his thought process. That small glimpse provides the reader an idea of Meursault's disconnection, to the emotional state of his life.
In the novel with the plot of Mother been killed, detailed and precise internal activities were also described by Camus throughout every line. The story seemed rather like a diary of Meursault, where we discovered that Meursault is numb towards emotion and feelings, he didn't care for his mother much before her death and even after. He thinks differently however not in a obvious way, but in a rather selfish way, where he finds his existence meaningless, and in this case he thinks death is meaningless too, where his mother's death is even a little irritating, because it gave him unnecessary things that he must accomplish. Grief or other deep emotions maybe quite abstract for Meursault, where he failed to connect them with usually appealing facts happening on even people close to him.
Meursault is disconnected not only from the grief accompanying death, by also from a lot of other feelings, where his whole soul and mind is quite fleet and uncertain, just like the language of the content of the novel where Camus described on all scenery and intense atmosphere around the character, which may or may not bring out sophisticated thoughts, however none of these affected Meursault's emotion where he is quite disconnected from the world itself, as been an 'outsider'.
From the first line in chapter one of the Outsider, we can already regard Meursault as indifferent because of his lack of emotional reaction “ Mother died today, or maybe yesterday, I don’t know.” In this quote, we can see the lack of concern Meursault has for his mother as he showed no remorse or sorrow over his mother’s death. He is apathetic because he finds life meaningless because he doesn’t have any goals and he finds love pointless as we find out later on in the novel.
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