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09/17/2011

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Nice dissection of Meursault's epiphany.

A few things to work on: capitalization (in title), spelling, and breaking up your paragraph a bit.

When I first read the ending of The Stranger, I did not think of Meursault’s last days of life as happy. How could someone who is rotting away in prison be happy? That is why I am glad to have read your blog post. Even after reading that passage multiple times, I probably would not have come to the conclusion that Meursault was happy at all, and especially not happier than people who, like you suggested, are living according to a plan where everything is set up except for their death, but I think that your point is very interesting. Although I disagree with this idea, I understand what you are saying. However, in my opinion, happiness and excitement come from the unknown. Although people may fear it, it is the exciting kind of fear and anticipation that keeps people living, so that they can see what happens next. Yes, some live according to plan, or want to live according to plan, but still no two people have the exact same life experiences. When I read your post, I thought of the analogy Meursault made to living in a tree stump. From the way he describes it, he becomes happy when he sees birds fly above, or a change in weather, not from seeing the same old thing every day. I think that this is describing how although Meursault claims to be happy because he knows how he will die, he is actually afraid and only acting happy to conceal his fear since he cannot do anything about his fate.

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