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Metamorphosis - The Stranger

             How are the protagonists of both novellas portrayed as existentialist? And how do the developments of the existentialism differ between the novellas?.
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             Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Albert Camus" The Stranger , both feature protagonists in situations out of which arise existentialist values. Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts . In The Metamorphosis the protagonist, Gregor Samsa, realizes his existentialism towards the end of the novella. In contrast, Monsieur Meursault, the protagonist in The Stranger, knows of his existentialism, only realizing his life's lack of meaning moments after he is sentenced to death. Despite the somewhat absurd nature of The Metamorphosis, and the realistic nature of The Stranger, similar values are communicated to the reader. The easiest to pick out being that it is up to the individual to create his/her own life, and that the inhuman behaviour presented by both protagonists will eventually lead to very bad things; namely death in both novellas. These deaths are, however, very different, as are the methods through which Kafka and Camus have made each novel nothing but "a philosophy put into images" .
             Meursault (the narrator) in The Stranger only sees and only wants to see the absolute truth in society. The readers" first encounter with him .
             Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know. .
             I got a telegram from the home: "Mother deceased.
             Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours." That doesn't mean.
             Anything. Maybe it was yesterday .
             immediately gives an impression of a lack of emotion towards the demise of his mother. This lack of emotion highlights the existentialist ideal that we all die, so it doesn't matter what life we have while we are alive.

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