The Stranger Summary – Philosophical Fiction Novel by Albert Camus

The Stranger Summary Chapter 1-  Part 1

The Stranger novel was written by French author Albert Camus in 1942. The Stranger of Camus is about a guy who thinks the universe is absolutely pointless. That’s why he’s completely unfazed when his mother dies. He takes a bus to the city where she had been living. Meursault rejects the funeral directors offer to open the coffin. He and the funeral director, keep vigil over her body. During the vigil, both men smoke and have coffee. This is traditionally thought of as disrespectful. The director tells Meursault that Thomas Perez, who was close with his mother, will be at the funeral. Although Meursault does note that Thomas Perez faints from heat exhaustion, Meursault could not care less about him and doesn’t speak to him at the funeral.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 2 – Part 1

The day after the funeral Meursault is back in Algiers. The first thing he thinks about in the morning is whether his boss is mad at him for having a 4 day vacation. He shrugs it off, and goes the beach where he meets an old coworker, Marie. He shrugs it off, and goes the beach where he meets an old coworker, Marie. They go on a date, and she stays over at his place. When he makes up, she’s gone and he people watches on his balcony until noon.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 3 – Part 1

The next day, Meursault returns to work as a shipping clerk, has lunch with his friend Emmanuel and then heads home. When Meursault gets home he sees Salamano with his dog. Next he sees Raymond. Raymond, who is a pimp, invites Meursault over for dinner. First, Raymond describes to Meursault about how he beat up his mistress and fought her brother. Then, he asks Meursault to write a letter that will lure mistress back. When she shows up, Raymond plans on humiliating her. In typical fashion, Meursault agrees to write it.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 4 – Part 1

Marie and Meursault are hanging out at his place when she asks if he loves her. He replies that he doesn’t. From the hall they hear Raymond fighting with his mistress. When a policeman comes, he slaps Raymond. Later, Raymond’s comes over to ask Meursault to be a witness in his defense. Meursault agrees then we have a scene with poor old Salamano, who has lost his dog. He’s in a love-hate relationship with his furry companion, and screams that he’s not goanna pay a dime to get a dog back that he hates. But later that night, Salamano is crying in his room.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 5 – Part 1

Masson, a friend of Raymond, Invites Meursault and Marie to the beach with them on the weekend. Later the same day, Meursault gets offered a promotion and barely reacts. His boss dismisses him who is frustrated at his lack of ambition. When Meursault gets home later that night, Marie asks Meursault if he will marry her. Meursault replies uncaringly, but accepts the proposition. Marie says she can’t join Meursault for dinner that night. So Meursault is eating alone at a cafe that night when he spots a women robotically flipping through radio channels. When she leaves, Meursault briefly follows her. In the last scene of the chapter, Salamano is waiting at Meursault’s door to talk about the love-hate relationship he has with his dog.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 6 – Part 1

Is the day that Meursault, Marie, and Raymond go to the beach with Masson and his wife. The group swims in the ocean and then has lunch. After lunch Meursault and Raymond take a walk and are jumped by a group of Arabs, one of whom is the mistress’s brother. Meursault and Raymond retreat when Raymond gets his face slashed. Raymond goes to a doctor, and then after returns to the beach with a gun. Meursault takes it from Raymond and sends him back to the beach house. Meursault is going to finish his stroll on the beach alone. But then, when Meursault continues, he happens to run into the brother again. The brother threateningly shows his knife, and Meursault shoots him. Then he shoots his body 4 more times.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 1 – Part 2

Meursault is in jail when his lawyer and the judge take a threatening interest in Meursault. Meursault’s own lawyer is repulsed by his lack of remorse after his mother’s death. And the judge, who can’t accept that Meursault doesn’t believe on God, calls him “Mr. Antichrist”.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 2 – Part 2

Marie visits once, but then is barred because she and Meursault aren’t married. Meursault can’t stop thinking about the pleasures he once had, like cigarettes and Marie, but eventually adjusts and stops craving them. To escape the boredom, Meursault recounts every detail of his apartment. His mattress is made partially of newspaper, and one day Meursault finds a story. It’s of a mother and daughter who accidently kill their own son/brother. After they realize what they’ve done, they both commit suicide.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 3 – Part 2

When the trail begins, it’s packed. The news picked up the story during a slow summer. The judge puts Meursault lack of remorse at the center of the trial. Witness start testifying, starting with the funeral director. He testifies that Meursault showed no emotion at his mother’s funeral, and even smoked at her vigil. Thomas Perez testifies that he didn’t notice anything of Meursault, as he was too sad. The prosecution is also notes that Meursault’s relationship started the weekend after the funeral.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 4 – Part 2

The prosecution condemns Meursault as a menace to society, and states that he deserves to be put to death. The prosecutor reasons that Meursault’s lack of morality makes him guilty of this case, as well as a case of parricide that they are trying after Meursault’s case. When Meursault is asked what his motives were for killing the Arab, he stumbles and blurts out that it was of the sun. At the end of the chapter, Meursault is found guilty and is to be decapitated.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 5 – Part 2

After having been condemned to die, Meursault is filled with erratic thoughts. First he tries to grasp onto some hope that he could survive by chance. Then he talks about a time his father saw an execution. Later, he thinks about the morality of a victim of a guillotine being forced to wish that the guillotine “should go off without a hitch”.

The Stranger Summary Chapter 6 – Part 2

Since, otherwise it would cause enormous pain. The chaplain has already tried to visit 3 times when he visits again. The priest can’t understand shy Meursault would still reject God even in his final hour. When the priest tries to force religion on Meursault, who is a non-believer, Meursault gets frustrated and tells at him saying that nothing matters and that he can’t prove god exists. The novel ends with Meursault waiting for the guards to come bring him to be executed.

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The Stranger Characters

Meursault, Raymond Sintes, Masson, Marie Cardona, Salamano

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