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guilty, I was paying for it, and nothing more could be asked of me (p.118) Meursault is an atheist, which helps explain the quote. He has no belief in a higher power that shall punish him in the afterlife. From this standpoint, there is no reason to repent. He won’t appeal to the jury, but at the same time doesn’t care. Just as he ended the Arab’s life, so too will the jury end his. There is no point to this series of actions, no deeper meaning to be had. It all just happens, and Meursault is simply an observer. Meursault’s was an existence filled with dualities. It is my firm belief that he lived his life as a follower of the absurd, but accepted the conclusion thereof with a nihilistic outlook. Perhaps similarities between the two beliefs explains this: absurdity is the

belief in something greater and its irrelevancy, nihilism values nothing whatsoever. I know not if the priest incident changed Meursault’s outlook. What I do know is that Meursault was a scary individual, one possessed of many faces for many occasions. Is it just sheer coincidence that he adopted the two faces society considers alien? Once again, I do not know. I think Camus was trying to indicate that such a “face” is possessed by every individual; all of us have the potential to do as Meursault did. All of us have the potential to become strangers to society.