"The Stranger" by Albert Camus is the story of a man coming to terms with the indifference of the world. Its protagonist, Meursault, meets an abusive womanizer following the death of his mother and, through his acquaintance with this man, ends up committing a murder. Following his conviction for the crime Meursault is sentenced to death, which leads to him coming to happily accept the pure meaninglessness of life.Know More
Meursault displays an indifferent attitude to his own life and the lives of others throughout this short novel. Keeping vigil over his mother's body in the funeral home at the beginning of the story, he casually smokes cigarettes and falls asleep. He is relieved to return home after the funeral has ended and remembers very little about it.
Later, he shows a complete lack of morality in helping the abusive pimp Raymond get revenge upon his mistress. This culminates in his casual and motiveless murder of the mistress's brother.
During the court proceedings that follow, both the prosecutor and his own lawyer are appalled at his lack of remorse. The magistrate refers to him as "Monsieur Antichrist." Then, before his execution, Meursault attacks the chaplain sent to him in prison with a final declaration of the meaningless of existence and the futility of belief.Learn more about Literature
The story "Of Mice and Men," written by American author John Steinbeck, tells the tale of the unlikely friendship that forms between the characters Lennie Small and George Milton in California. "Of Mice and Men" begins with the arrival of Lennie Small and George Milton in Soledad, California, where they venture to seek opportunities as migrant workers in the farming community. Before their arrival in Soledad, however, Lennie and George lived and worked in Weed, California, but fled after the authorities there accused Lennie of attempted rape.Full Answer >
As the name implies, a narrative summary provides a brief, succinct summary including the plot, characters, conflict and themes from the point of view of the person writing the summary. Even though the summary itself has a narrative form, this type of summary applies to different types of writing including biography, essays and literature. In a way, it means that the summarizer tells a story in the summary.Full Answer >
"Chanticleer and the Fox" is about a rooster named Chanticleer and a fox named Reynard who tries to lure the rooster away from the farm house and have him for dinner. While Chanticleer is initially wary of the fox, he soon gives in after the fox showers him with flattery, telling him how much he wants to hear Chanticleer sing to fool him into singing with his eyes closed. Chanticleer eventually escapes from the fox but only after learning not to fall for easy flattery.Full Answer >
"The Lady or the Tiger?" is a short story by Frank Stockton that tells of an unusual punishment imposed by a semi-barbaric king in which the accused must choose between two doors. Behind one door is a maiden and behind the other is a tiger. The protagonist is the lover of the princess. Knowing what lies behind the doors, she signals to him which door to open.Full Answer >