HW12 due 10/2: The Stranger

1. The Stranger–Read and annotate Chapters 3 and 4 of Part II. Complete the novel for Friday!

2. THE STRANGER ESSAY
First Draft due Tuesday, Oct. 7
Final Draft due Thursday, Oct. 9
3 page literary/philosophical analysis of The Stranger. You are expected to use The Myth of Sisyphus as a complement to your discussion.  Sisyphus is a philosophical commentary on The Stranger–Explore.  How does Sisyphus help us to understand Camus’ philosophy as communicated through Meursault?  IMPORTANT: While Sisyphus is used to give some form to the discussion (i.e. helping to shape the thesis), the discussion is focused on exploring Camus’ message and how he develops that message. While not necessary, I would encourage you to research Camus further to give you further context.  Folks, I expect this essay to demonstrate great thematic/philosophical control of  both texts.  Waiting till the night before is probably not a good idea.  Your reading responses and annotations should prove to be quite beneficial here.  This should be typed in font size 12 (times new roman  or arial).  You should have a title!!!  The title should reflect your thesis.  If you have any questions, please email me.

Sample Intro (with thesis):

The Hour of Consciousness: Understanding God’s Judicial System

Albert Camus’ The Stranger juxtaposes the importance of God’s morality and the impact it has in the judicial system of an absurd reality, in which social code is rigid and behavior that strays from protocol is subject to scrutiny. In presenting this environment, Camus emphasizes a universal morality, swayed by God and superimposed over an individual’s unique perception of the world, such as Meursault, the protagonist. Others condemn this tragic hero to an unfortunate fate, validated by the belief that because an atheist is subordinate in the eyes of God, he must gradually come to understand the ubiquity of this singular morality. Much like Meursault, in Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus is condemned to a fate he cannot control due to the social constructs of an absurd reality. Only when Sisyphus has reached the top of the hill with his boulder does he amount to what Camus calls, “the hour of consciousness”: essentially, the understanding of the absurdity of life. Camus’ placement of biased judicial figures gradually strengthens Meursault’s understanding of absurdity, illuminating the importance of the “hour of consciousness” in both articulating and refuting God’s ubiquitous morality.

HW12 due 9/19: Existentialism is a Humanism

1. Be prepared to present Sartre’s defense against your assigned reproach.

Weekend Homework:
1. Print out, read and annotate the following sections on Albert Camus:

  • Nuptials and Camus’s Starting Point
  • Suicide, Absurdity, and Happiness: The Myth of Sisyphus
  • Criticism of Existentialists
  • Happiness in Accepting One’s Fate

2. Read and annotate The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus in the Packet

3. The Stranger–Read and annotate chapters 1 and 2 of Part I. We will discuss Camus’ brand of absurdity on Monday but the weekend’s reading should give you the necessary framework to begin the novel. Read the novel AFTER the first two readings.

HW12 due 4/8 (4/9 for 12F): The Stranger Intro

1. Tonight you are to write an introduction for a literary/philosophical analysis. Here would be an example:

The Hour of Consciousness: Understanding God’s Judicial System

Albert Camus’ The Stranger juxtaposes the importance of God’s morality and the impact it has in the judicial system of an absurd reality, in which social code is rigid and behavior that strays from protocol is subject to scrutiny. In presenting this environment, Camus emphasizes a universal morality, swayed by God and superimposed over an individual’s unique perception of the world, such as Meursault, the protagonist. Others condemn this tragic hero to an unfortunate fate, validated by the belief that because an atheist is subordinate in the eyes of God, he must gradually come to understand the ubiquity of this singular morality. Much like Meursault, in Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus is condemned to a fate he cannot control due to the social constructs of an absurd reality. Only when Sisyphus has reached the top of the hill with his boulder does he amount to what Camus calls, “the hour of consciousness”: essentially, the understanding of the absurdity of life. Camus’ placement of biased judicial figures gradually strengthens Meursault’s understanding of absurdity, illuminating the importance of the “hour of consciousness” in both articulating and refuting God’s ubiquitous morality.

I am interested in how you introduce The Myth into the framing of your Stranger discussion. Be sure you put thought into your thesis. This will be graded. Be sure to bring in a TYPED copy tomorrow for class.

2. For Friday you should read Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche. The excerpt is located in the philosophy packet.

HW12 due 4/7: The Stranger

1. The Stranger–Complete the novel.
2. Goodreads
3. A Song and a Story

HW12 due 4/4: The Stranger

1. The Stranger–Read and annotate Chapters 3 and 4 of Part II.