Friday, November 19, 2010

Camus's essay

Cathy Pham
 In the passage The stranger, Albert Camus suggests that once humans lose something special, humans want it back but its to late. When Salamon had the dogs in his possession he treated them poorly, once he lost the dogs he was worried and terrified about the fact that he may never see his dogs again. As humans we tend to unappreciated the things we have in our life, however once we lose this privilege we start to miss it and want it back. Camus shows that humans are unappreciative, greedy, and never satisfied.
The beginnings of the passage “Raymond pointed out that to him that the dog might have gotten lost and that he would come back,” as humans we have faith. This shows that once Salamon lost the dogs he wanted them back because he spend all day and night with him. “If only somebody would take him in,” This quote has a tone of jealousy, and only because he doesn’t want the dogs to be happier with another owner. This shows how greedy Salamon is because he only wants happiness for himself.
“Then he got mad:” Pay money for that bastard-HA! He can damn well die!” This show how unappreciative he is and how money decides if a person or dog lives or survive. Salamon decided that his dog wasn’t worth his money, meaning when humans can not get what they want, they get frustrated. This shows that humans have serious mood swings, almost like babies.
The last passage Camus shows that once humans don’t receive what they want they have a mental break down. “And from the peculiar little noise coming through the partition realized he was crying,” this quote shows that with or without what is missing life still moves on. It’s hard to go on but humans have to cope with it and move forward. It only teaches humans a lesson to appreciate and cherish their valuable possession.
Camus displays different behaviors of humans. It’s important to not be greedy and value what is presented. Camus hints the golden rule, to treat other the way we like to be treated. Camus demonstrate that humans doesn’t know what they truly have until it’s gone.

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