Although The Stranger succeeds in creating a character who is a true existentialist, I can’t genuinely say I enjoyed this book. I read the book in high school, when I admit, I was much more charmed by the whole philosophy of existentialism. Certainly every truth is subjective…but then what is truth. Truth itself implies that it is not negotiable which is exactly what existentialism suggests. We shouldn’t judge others as good or bad…well look how Mersault ended up. There is good and evil; it isn’t just in the eye of the beholder.
Mersault is frankly boring. He is a very gray character without any true passion. He lives his life by the philosophy: well, I can’t find a reason not to. He never chooses something because he actually desires it.
At the end of the book, I think even Mersault realizes that existentialism has its limits. He chose to kill a man and now he will die for it. In his or in anyone’s eyes he will be dead: a non-negotiable truth.