"The Stranger" by Albert Camus is the story of a man coming to terms with the indifference of the world. Its protagonist, Meursault, meets an abusive womanizer following the death of his mother and, through his acquaintance with this man, ends up committing a murder. Following his conviction for the crime Meursault is sentenced to death, which leads to him coming to happily accept the pure meaninglessness of life.Continue Reading
Meursault displays an indifferent attitude to his own life and the lives of others throughout this short novel. Keeping vigil over his mother's body in the funeral home at the beginning of the story, he casually smokes cigarettes and falls asleep. He is relieved to return home after the funeral has ended and remembers very little about it.
Later, he shows a complete lack of morality in helping the abusive pimp Raymond get revenge upon his mistress. This culminates in his casual and motiveless murder of the mistress's brother.
During the court proceedings that follow, both the prosecutor and his own lawyer are appalled at his lack of remorse. The magistrate refers to him as "Monsieur Antichrist." Then, before his execution, Meursault attacks the chaplain sent to him in prison with a final declaration of the meaningless of existence and the futility of belief.Learn more about Literature
"The Tempest," a drama by William Shakespeare, tells the story of some castaways brought to an island through a tempest created by the magician Prospero, who was exiled there with his daughter Miranda. During the play, Prospero, aided by his servant spirit Ariel, reconciles himself to Alonso, the king of Naples, and his brother Antonio, who had exiled him and usurped his position as the Duke of Milan.Full Answer >
"Insurgent" continues the story of Beatrice "Tris" Prior, her adventures as a fugitive, run-ins with Dauntless traitors and a near death at the hands of Jeanine. "Insurgent" is the second book in the Divergent trilogy and begins shortly after the first book, "Divergent," concludes.Full Answer >
The characters in Daguio's short story, "Wedding Dance," are a man, Awiyao, and his wife, Lumnay. The story begins during the final moments of their marriage, because Awiyao has left his childless wife to marry another woman, hoping that the new wife bears his children.Full Answer >
Written by Manuel Arguilla, "How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife" is the story of a man introducing his city-born wife to his more provincial family. Told from the perspective of Leon's younger brother Baldo, the short story follows the wife Maria's discovery of the peculiarities of country life in contrast to her own home, hinting at the insecurities and fears she is willing to face to join Leon.Full Answer >