SETTING The Stranger By Albert Camus
is portrayed through the setting rather than through
Mood & Emotion
The setting of The Stranger is the only motivation in Meursault?s character.
The beach and its expansiveness portrays the freedom that Meursault has prior to the murder, while the enclosed walls of the courthouse and jail cell signify the suffocation that he feels within his life.
The beach prior to the murder:
"...we had to cross a small plateau which overlooks the sea and then drops steeply down to the beach. It was covered with yellowish rocks and the whitest aspodels set against the already hard blue of the sky." p.49
"...before we reached the edge of the plateau, we could already see the motionless sea and, father out, a massive, drows-looking promontory in the clear water. The faint hum of a motor rose up to us in the still air. And way off, we saw a tiny trawler moving, almost imperceptibly, across the dazzling sea." p. 49
The beach and the i
Beach after the murder:
"I was walking slowly towards the rocks and I could feel my forehead swelling under the sun." p. 57
"The sea carried up a thick, fiery breath. It seemed to me as if the sky split open from one end to the other to rain down fire." p. 59
"When I walked in, the sound of the voices echoing off the room's high, bare walls and the harsh light pouring out of the sky onto the windows and spilling into the room the room brought on a kind of dizziness. My cell was quieter and darker." p. 73
Why did he chose the beach?