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In Part 1 and Part 2 of Albert Camus’ “The Stranger”, Camus suggests that when something changes in a person’s life, they tend to change too, although it might not be for the better most of the time, especially whether it is an emotional, physical, or mental change. After the person changes, they usually don’t like it right away, and try to make the best out of it, although it could lead them to make
poor decisions. In part 1 when Raymond beats his ex-wife, he had an emotional change, from loving to hating her, and he makes the best out of it, by showing her how he had changed by beating her. In the passage when Raymond beats his ex-wife, Albert Camus suggests that love can be an emotion that can trigger other emotions to show in many different ways. Raymond had loved his exwife, but when he learned that she had cheated on him, he showed a lot of anger, and had violent impulses about her. When the passage starts, it starts with "a woman's shrill voice and then saying 'you used me, you used me. I'll teach you to use me'" (35) Camus uses tone to express how Raymond had loved his ex-wife, and how he had anger in his voice because she had caused him a lot of hurt, and he felt that beating her would be a way of hurting her back and teaching her a lesson, to not use someone who loves you for you're own gain. "There were some thuds and the woman screamed." (35) Raymond at this point in the passage had started to beat his ex, and she did not realize that he was going to that extent, so in response she had started screaming. Near the end of the passage Raymond still didn't stop when a policeman came to handle the situation. Raymond's ex tried to blame him saying that "He's a pimp!" (36) She tried to tell the policeman that Raymond was convicting a crime for being a pimp, because she knew that the only way
to get rid of him was to get him arrested since she didn't want him anymore. Raymond responds to that by saying "you just wait sweetheart- we're not through yet." (36) Raymond still wants to show his ex that he's not done with teaching her a lesson, but he couldn't stop, because when someone starts playing with another persons love, that love can trigger other emotions to show strong, and one of the main emotions that are triggered is anger. Raymond’s emotional change had caused him to get in trouble, and it also caused him to make the wrong decisions, and take risks. After Raymond’s emotional change in part 1, Meursault had to go through physical and mental changes in part 2, because when he is in prison, he had to change his from being a free man, to being a trapped man. In the passage in Albert Camus “The Stranger”, when Meursault is in prison, Camus suggests that adapting to a new way of life can be difficult, and can take a while to get use to, by describing how Meursault adapts to life in prison. While in prison, Meursault had realized that he was not able to do things a free man can do, but he could still use his imagination. He uses his imagination to cure his desire for women. “About all the circumstances in which I had enjoyed them, that my cell would be filled with their faces and crowded with my desires.”(77) While in prison Meursault was not able to have Marie visit him in his cell, and his desire for her had grown so much. That he started to think about other women as well. To cure his desires for women in jail, he adapted by using his imagination, juxtaposed to actually being with a women (especially Marie). Another thing that Meursault had to adapt to was his inability to smoke a cigarette. “I couldn’t understand why they had taken them away when they didn’t hurt nobody.”(78) Meursault had been smoking cigarettes since the beginning of the book. Now that he is in prison, he no longer has the freedom to smoke them whenever he wanted one. He sucked “on chips of wood”(78) and was nauseated all the time. He lost the cravings for cigarettes and adapted to live without them.
Albert Camus suggested that adapting to a new way of life can be difficult and can take a while to get used to. Meursault was a character that had to go from being a free man in which he could do what he wanted, to being a trapped man with no freedom whatsoever. Albert Camus suggested that when someone changes emotionally, physically, or mentally, it usually affects the person in different ways. Raymond was changed emotionally because of his wife cheating on him, and he changed from being a nice guy to a sick and angry person. And he made a poor decision to beat his wife for cheating. Meursault had changed in order to survive in prison, and how he did so had affected his usual everyday life, because he went from being a free man, to being a trapped man with a free mans mind.