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THE STRANGER: STUDY GUIDE / FREE PLOT SUMMARY
Again at the trial, Mersault is greatly affected by the heat of the courtroom.
He is so unsettled by his discomfort that he cannot concentrate on the
proceedings or formulate appropriate responses to the questions that he
is asked. His lack of explanations, which were influenced by the heat,
contributes to his condemnation.
1. Explain the meaning of the title as it relates to the plot
of the novel.
2. Explain why Mersault, the protagonist, is an absurd anti-hero.
3. What is Mersaultís key antagonist?
4. Describe Marie. Why is she attracted to Mersault? What does this say about her? Why is Mersault attracted to Marie?
5. Describe Raymond. Why does Mersault, who is basically a loner, get involved with him?
6. Who is Salamano? Explain why you think Camus included him in the novel.
7. Explain how intense heat plays an important role in the plot.
8. Mersault is described as a "social monster." Do you agree with this assessment - explain why.
9. Explain the absurd elements of Mersaultís trial and sentence.
10. Describe your reaction to the visit of the chaplain.
11. What gives Mersault a sense of peace and calm at the end of the book?
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