I found it's interesting about what we did in class today, and I can't help myself wondering about the connection between Camus and his protagonist Meursault. Is Meursault a fictional reflection of Camus?
Albert Camus was born in Algeria, Nov. 7 1913. The book "The Stranger" was written in 1942, when Camus was 29 years old. Although the novel doesn't tell us the exact age of Meursault, but from his maman's age, which Meursault mentioned as around sixty, we could reasonably presume that Meursault was around the same age as Albert Camus when the story took place.
On the other hand, in the novel, the existence of Meursault's father was never stated, as if Meursault had no father. In reality, Camus lost his father when he was only one-year-old. Maybe is because of this lack of fatherly figure in his childhood, Camus never mention anything about "father" in The Stranger.
Camus and Meursault also shares a few societal similarities. Grown up under poor conditions, Camus' personal life was not much better than Meursault's. And marriage was also problematic for Camus as he first married to a morphine addict. Although, he loved his second wife, Camus still criticized marriage as unnatural. This could be the reason that in some extent, Meursault is designed to be an anti-marriage character.
I think there are much more about the relationship between Camus and Meursault than what I have mentioned. What do you think? Is Meursault a reflection a Camus?