At the end of the news story in the Czechoslovakian newspaper, Meursault says, "On the one hand it wasn't very likely. On the other, it was perfectly natural. Anyway, I thought the traveler pretty much deserved what he got and that you should never play games" (Camus, 80). The last sentence of that paragraph really struck me. I was shocked that he thought that the Czech man deserved to die like that. As I really thought about it though, I began to relate it to the Arab's death and started to question if Meursault did actually have a reason for killing the Arab.
One can argue that Meursault did not intend to kill the Arab, but Camus was simply trying to continue the idea of existentialism. This idea shows that the Arab's death was without reason and senseless. However, I am beginning to think that Meursault killed the Arab on purpose. In the final chapter of part 1, before the Arabs walked away Raymond handed his gun to Meursault and Meursault “realized that you could either shoot or not shoot” (Camus, 56). This shows that Meursault was thinking about shooting them. Also, perhaps Meursault killed the Arab because he was "playing games" with Raymond and Meursault thinks “you should never play games” (Camus, 80).
Why do you think Meursault killed the Arab? Do you think that he had a purpose (playing games) or do you think that it was just another way for Camus to emphasize existentialism?