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RELATIONSHIPS

Rene Montoya, Jose Medina,


Serena Rendon
Taylor Estrada, Juan Real
INTERACTIVE QUESTION
IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE STORY MERSAULT
STRUGGLES WITH RELATIONSHIPS. TAKE IN
ACCOUNT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS
GIRLFRIEND, HIS MOTHER, AND HIS FRIEND
RAYMOND. IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE A
MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP TO LIVE A
HAPPIER LIFE?
Examples of Meursault's relationships from the story
(Raymond):It was only when he announced Now you're a pal , Meursault and
said it again that it struck me.He repeated his remark and I said,Yes. Pg.33

(Marie):That evening Marie came by to see me and asked me if I wanted to


marry her. I said it didn't make any difference to me and that we could if she
wanted to I answered the same way I had last time, that it didn't mean
anything but that I probably didn't love her.Pg.41

(Maman):It was true.When she was at home with me, Maman used to spend
her time following me with her eyes,not saying a thing.For the first few days at
the home she cried a lot. But that was because she wasn't used to it.Thats
partly why I didn't go there much this past year.And also because it took up
my SundayPg.5
HOW CAN MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS
BENEFIT A PERSON IN LIFE?

Many studies have shown that people who have gratifying relationships with
family, friends, are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.

Another line of research proposes that caring behaviors sets off the release of
stress-reducing hormones.

One study, which examined data from more than 309,000 people, found that
lack of strong relationships increased the risk of premature death from all
causes by 50% an effect on death risk approximately comparable to
smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, and greater than obesity and physical
inactivity.
How relationships can affect your health
When couples are in a constant state of conflict, it is detrimental to their health
and wellbeing. Their blood pressure rises, and they suffer emotionally. That
affects your body. There is also a link between physical and mental health and
sexuality. As your physical and mental health deteriorates, so does your
sexual health.

Some of the serious long-term effects of remaining in a dysfunctional


relationship include the gradual but steady erosion of your sense of self-worth.
How relationships have disadvantages and advantages
Questions for the class ?
What do you think about Mersaults attitude?

What do you think about Mersault's reaction to when Marie told him she wanted to
get married?

Why do you think he shot the arab 4 extra times?

Do you think Mersault is an absurdist or existentialist?

What can you say about Mersaults relationship with his mother?
References
https://www.healthtalk.umn.edu/2015/02/13/relationships-affect-wellbeing/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationships
(slide 7)

https://www.healthtalk.umn.edu/2015/02/13/relationships-affect-wellbeing/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20668163,00.html

http://www.healthyplace.com/relationships/unhealthy-relationships/the-impact-of-
being-in-an-unhealthy-relationship/
THE END