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Although one may decide 24 THE STRANGER that he treats his narrator with similar lack of ceremony, it is useful for that very reason to consider the question. One might begin with the topic of the constraints of literature. The Stranger was a text to be published by the house of Gallimard, which had a proven interest in avant-garde writing, but which offered its readers a series of familiar products. So The Stranger had to fit the category called ‘the novel’. Of the many kinds of novels, Camus chose the ‘I’ form and the journal.

The second half may be interpreted in two different ways: as a protest against Marie’s idealization and as an inability to feel. Each explanation possesses a certain validity. By confusing sexual desire and love Marie is indulging in a false romanticism, which blinds her to her body and her situation as a working-class woman. Conversely, Meursault reveals that he is incapable of opening to a woman. The reader, who is probably more tempted by the second interpretation, should not discount either, because the life Meursault leads contains both ingredients: honesty as well as sterility, protest as well as alienation.

This in turn leads back to Meursault the narrator, who is unable to tell us anything about The Stranger 27 emotions. The second half may be interpreted in two different ways: as a protest against Marie’s idealization and as an inability to feel. Each explanation possesses a certain validity. By confusing sexual desire and love Marie is indulging in a false romanticism, which blinds her to her body and her situation as a working-class woman. Conversely, Meursault reveals that he is incapable of opening to a woman.

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