This guide for students is aimed to support the study of the two texts, not to replace that study. The Myth of Sisyphus provides Camus' philosophical introduction to The Stranger.
Introductions and commentaries keep readers on-track, but the questions are designed to get you thinking and talking and deepen your understanding.
The central theme of the novel is existentialism.
The story revolves around the central character Meursault, an Algerian. He happens to be a French citizen who lives in North Africa. He is a man of the Mediterranean, though he hardly partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture.
My e-book considers reaction to Jean-Paul Sartre's revival of existentialism in the early 1940s. My text considers critical acclaim of Sartre's plays, No Exit and The Respectful Prostitute, among others. Much of my volume looks at religious leaders and what they said about existentialism, its history and impact. At least one of these men believed it was as dangerous a threat to man as communism.