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Analysis of The Stranger (Camus)

Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
by bytbox
Ah, twelfth grade english... we're reading Camus. The Matthew Ward translation of The Stranger. And we had to write a paper on the scene of the Arab's murder.

Let me give a quote.

All I could feel were the cymbals of sunlight crashing on my forehead and, indistinctly, the dazzling spear flying up from the knife in front of me. The scorching blade slashed at my eyelashes and stabbed at my stinging eyes. That's when everything began to reel. The sea carried up a thick, fiery breath. It seemed to me as if the sky split open from one end to the other to rain down fire. My whole being tensed and I squeezed my hand around the revolver. The trigger gave; I felt the smooth underside of the butt; and there, in that noise, sharp and deafening and the same time, is where it all started. I shook off the sweat and sun. I knew that I had shattered the harmony of the day, the exceptional silence of a beach where I'd been happy. Then I fired four more times at the motionless body where the bullets lodged without leaving a trace. And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.


Am I seriously the only person who reads "freudian undertones" (sexual innuendo) into that? "My whole being tensed... the trigger gave; I felt the smooth underside of the butt; and there...is where it all started..." I can't find any analysis mentioning the possibility on google, but to me, it's pretty clearly there.

Re: Analysis of The Stranger (Camus)

Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
by Velifer
I felt the smooth underside of the butt

Clearly.

Sixty three seconds.
Take it to the Srs Bsns forum, you'll go eight papers and two books before the discussion is over.

Re: Analysis of The Stranger (Camus)

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:31 pm UTC
by gmalivuk
Velifer wrote:Take it to the Srs Bsns forum, you'll go eight papers and two books before the discussion is over.
Indeed.

In any case, take it *somewhere* else, as this forum is for language and linguistics, not your lit homework.