Aisha Rapant
Capsule 2
The Stranger

In the book The Stranger, Albert Camus writes one sentence in Part One that really stands out to me, and the importance behind the main character. Maurice, after his mother dies, is offered a job promotion, in which he declines. He responds with, "I said that people never change their lives, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn't dissatisfied with mine here at all". To me, this opens the basis on which he lives his whole life by. It's stating that everyone here on earth has the same status in life. We cannot move up or down. Our only purpose of life is death; We were only born to die. Maurice believes in one's destiny (and not free will), in which the human existence may be able to change small details, and the day-to-day activities, but in the end, we'll all end up dead. He feels no need to accept the job promotion, as there is no need for it.
At the end of the book when he finally reflects on his mother's passing, he explains why death is a whole is the reason behind this constant thought of life in this way. The book also explains how at the beginning, he exemplified no grief towards her passing, and how he forgot the exact day she passed, only vaguely referencing it. Throughout the book, he portrays his serious challenge to the morals of society.