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I think to not see that there is a point behind the boring nature of the writing is to miss, like, the whole thing.
The absurdity is rendered so perfectly in how strange and awkward everything appears to Mersault whenever he observes his environment, I don't think the author could do a better job with it if he were typing in caps LIFE IS WEIRD LOL ISN'T LIFE WEIRD. This is what I think.

In response to your questions in 1): In my view Camus seems to portray the other characters as basically "normal," i.e., still wrapped up not so much in their emotions but in the illusions they were conditioned to believe in. Given Camus' worldview this almost suggests Mersault as some kind of twisted prophet, the one who has 'seen the light' (of the enormous horrifying emptiness of everything, etc). This poses a curious contrast with the light motif. His aversion to light (the truth of existence) combined with his heightened sensitivity to it may be the key to his self-alienation--the reason some part of him snaps, as it were.

I have to agree with Gabe's point about the book. The language of the book is so simple, that it seems almost too simple, but when you read deeper into the text, you unravel Meursault's character and begin to realize why exactly the book is called "The Stranger." In response to your first question, I think Camus wanted to just show how much of a stranger Meursault is to the world. All his weird quirks and habits lead to him being someone who is completely disconnected from everyone else.

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