Meursault's thanks are drowned by the voice of the man next to him. Even the title of Camus' play, based on this short tale is ironic.For the most part, Meursault reacts to his confinement in prison with characteristic indifference. He feels sick, yet he wants to remain and absorb as much as he can of a single moment of Marie's presence. For nearly a decade after the publication of The Plague, impeded by the consequences of fame, Camus struggled to find enough time and privacy to compose a new work of fiction and to complete philosophical and theatrical writings begun before he wrote The Plague. For some time, he could not say anything of importance. He is a prisoner and a prisoner is a person who is being punished. The reader shares the first frightening discovery of rats dying in the streets and apartment house hallways and experiences the spread of terror and panic as the first human victims of the plague appear in random locations around the city. Likewise, Raymond will defend Meursault by stating that "chance" and "mere coincidence" are to blame. Camus: A Critical Examination. He notes that though he thinks about women, he does not think about Marie in particular. She continues to smile and talk about her work, and all of Meursault's attention is on her and not on what she is saying. Society does not understand his existentialistic beliefs. He was annoyed and bother with the process of being convicted, that the court has gone off subject to testify him, and that the jury could not see him as a simplistic man with little needs in his life. Here, Camus shows us the ever-present dual role of the sun: at times, it is murderous, and at others it is warming and playful. Left with his own thoughts gave Meursault a lot of time to reflect on his experiences and life. Chapter II takes those same eleven months and reveals what Meursault did when he was not being interrogated.
Carroll, David. Society does not understand his existentialistic beliefs.
As in upside down and the place where the world is the acceptance and commitment, to him, is loneliness to the world, the fruit of the absurd. Unfortunately, his mother and sister killed him and robbed him before he could reveal himself. Most important, his imprisonment does not incite any guilt or regret over what he has done.
Then he is led away, leaving Marie pressed to the rails, trying to smile.