Table of Contents
- 1 What does Meursault think about the magistrate?
- 2 What did the magistrate ask Meursault?
- 3 What does the magistrate say is impossible?
- 4 What is revealed about Meursault during his trial?
- 5 How do light and heat affect Meursault when he is being questioned by the magistrate?
- 6 What does Meursault realize about the people in the courtroom?
- 7 What does Meursault not understand about being judged intelligent?
- 8 How does Meursault react to his trial?
- 9 How does the magistrate react when Meursault refuses to believe in God?
- 10 How does Meursault feel about the lawyer?
- 11 How does Meursault react to his feelings for Maman?
What does Meursault think about the magistrate?
How does Meursault react to the magistrate when the magistrate starts talking about God? He feels hot, uncomfortable, and bothered by annoying flies. How does Meursault feel sitting in the magistrate’s office? Meursault tells us: “Somehow it was an idea to which I never could get reconciled.”
What did the magistrate ask Meursault?
The magistrate asks Meursault whether he loved his mother, and Meursault replies that he loved her as much as anyone. The magistrate asks why Meursault paused between the first shot at the Arab and other four shots. Nothing about the crime bothers the magistrate aside from this detail.
Why Meursault has difficulty responding to the magistrate in the way in which he is expected?
What difficulties does Meursault have in responding o the magistrate the way he is expected to? Why do the expectations annoy him? He doesn’t see the logic in the questioning. He finds it annoying because his mother death has nothing to do with the crime he commmitted.
What does the magistrate say is impossible?
The magistrate says that Meursault’s unbelief is impossible because “all men [believe] in God.” When the magistrate thrusts a crucifix in Meursalt’s face, it is a symbolic attempt to force him to adopt the Christian belief system.
What is revealed about Meursault during his trial?
Reminding the jury that the next trial on the court’s schedule involves parricide (the murder of a close relative), the prosecutor alleges that Meursault’s lack of grief over his mother’s death threatens the moral basis of society. Meursault is found guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced to death by guillotine.
What was the first question the judge asked Meursault?
Meursault’s examination begins right away by the presiding judge. First he asks Meursault’s name, age, date and place of birth, and occupation. Then it proceeds to Maman and the question of why Meursault put her in the home.
How do light and heat affect Meursault when he is being questioned by the magistrate?
Already we have seen how sensitive Meursault is to heat and light and so this visit begins badly. The heaviness of the heat is an omen, presaging the magistrate’s statement that the lawyer cannot be present and that Meursault may, if he wishes, reserve answering any questions.
What does Meursault realize about the people in the courtroom?
Meursault realizes that the people in the courtroom hate him. The caretaker testifies that Meursault smoked a cigarette and drank coffee during his vigil. Meursault’s lawyer insists the jury take note that the caretaker had likewise smoked during the vigil, accepting Meursault’s offer of a cigarette.
Is Meursault afraid of death?
When the chaplain states that Meursault’s attitude results from “extreme despair,” Meursault says he is afraid, not desperate. The chaplain insists that all the condemned men he has known have eventually turned to God for comfort. The only certainty Meursault perceives in the whole of human existence is death.
What does Meursault not understand about being judged intelligent?
By Albert Camus Both lawyers plead guilty, but his attorney does it with an explanation, whereas the prosecutor does so without one. Meursault realizes that he has been judged to be intelligent by the prosecutor, which somehow makes him worse for having committed the murder; he doesn’t really understand this logic.
How does Meursault react to his trial?
Meursault’s reaction is both physical and one of anguish. When the prosecutor sits down, Meursault is quite overcome, he says, but he is not wholly defeated because of what the prosecutor has said.
What is the first question the judge asks Meursault?
How does the magistrate react when Meursault refuses to believe in God?
The magistrate explodes. He grabs a crucifix and shoves it in Meursault’s face, asking him if he believes in God. He is infuriated to learn that Meursault does not. Finally, hoping that he will stop, Meursault agrees with him at which point the magistrate encourages him to say that he will trust in God to which Meursault disagrees.
How does Meursault feel about the lawyer?
Answers 1. Meursault finds him to be “highly intelligent and, on the whole, likable enough.” 2. The lawyer is a “small, plump, youngish man with sleek, black hair.” 3. He is concerned about the charge of “callousness.” 4.
How does Meursault feel about the events that follow the shooting?
The simple, almost listing manner in which Meursault lists the events which follow the shooting has a matter of fact tone. He is not injecting emotion or remorse into any of his comments. Again, he is completely objective and distanced. As he says in the previous chapter, he could have easily stayed at the house or ended up shooting someone.
How does Meursault react to his feelings for Maman?
Meursault realizes he is right and soon gets over his first longings. He mentions that Maman had compared man’s ability to get used to anything to living in an hollowed tree where one would get used to looking forward to a bird’s flight. Meursault is happy enough in prison. The main problem for him is killing time.