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Monsieur Mearsault Essay

990 words - 4 pages

Although, Monsieur Meursault is very intelligent, it appears he is suffering from mental illness that was often over looked during the 1950’s. Mental illnesses can affect your mood, thinking and behavior. There are many signs for mental illness a few may include feeling sad or down, detachment from reality, a withdrawal from friends and activities. There are a few reason’s people have mental illnesses that include inherited traits from biological relatives, environmental exposures before birth such as exposures to viruses or toxins, negative life experiences such as death of a family member, divorce, or abuse of some sort, and brain chemistry which can include hormonal imbalances. (1)
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(2 page 4) However, her passing doesn’t seem to really bother him. This could be because they were so distant at the end but one would not really be sure.
Monsieur is very taken a back in the fact that these older people would be so upset over his Maman dying. He seemed to be out done with the way the elderly people were handling his Maman’s passing. He stated, “he wished the older lady behind him in the little mortuary, would stop crying. He wished he didn’t have to listen to her anymore.” Irritability is very common when you are suffering from mental illness. It is due to medical conditions or environmental factors such as stress. (3) Monsieur seemed to be under a lot of stress as he has been thinking about what the people at his office would be doing at the time of the vigil and the 50-mile trip he had just taken to get to the funeral also his boss was not happy when he told him that he had to miss work.
Individuals that suffer from mental illnesses are also very disconnected. They may not be able to relate to certain emotions. For instance for someone to tell another person that they loved them, this would typically make someone feel good but with Meursault he can’t connect with those feelings. When Marie asked, “would you marry me?” He responded, “it didn’t make any difference to him and that they could if she wanted to. Typically a person would respond with a yes or no answer depending on the way they felt. Meursault was never able to connect with a feeling of being wanted. This could very well have something to do with the way his mother may have been very distant with him.
His illness has taken a very drastic turn and he has been incarcerated for murder. He shot a killed a man at point blank rage. Shooting once, pausing and then shooting four more times. What caused him to pause after the first shot? One...

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