Discussion will take place in the library.

Abby Latham
Briana Jelly-Webber
Isaak Dearden
Colin Kerner
Jackson Bartlett
Ilse Haag


1. Student Facilitator: Jackson Bartlett

2. Protocol: Beginning WHIP questions-

  • How did you like the book?
  • How did you respond to a certain character?
  • What did you care most about in the book?
  • Describe your level of understanding.
  • Where does the book take place? What time period?
  • Did you like how the book ended?

3. Discussion Questions:

What are the issues and ideas within this novel? Be sure to consider various parts of the text (beginning, middle and end). Collaboratively create 15-25 open-ended questions that promote discussion and organize them logically. You can use them within a protocol or on their own.

Questions:
Personal Response Question:
  • What would you say Meursault's tone is throughout the story?
  • Is Meursalt deranged?
  • Was the murder Meursault committed justified?
  • Do you sympathize with Meursault's crime?
  • Does Meaursault actually care about anything?

  • Does Meursault actually care about his mother?
  • Did the use of description help you understand the perspective of Meursault better?
  • How does the existential aspect of this novel effect your view of the characters?
Open-ended, Analytical Questions:
  • How is the world Meursault's living in irrational? What is an example of this irrationality?
  • Why does Meursault reject feeling normal human emotions?
  • How does his view of emotions change from the beginning to the end? Does he open up to feeling emotion at the end?
  • Could you call Meursault crazy?
  • How does Meursault's view of himself differ from how the world views him?
  • What was Meursault's motivation to pull the trigger?
  • What is the significance of the comfort Meursault feels when he is in the jail cell?
  • How does Meursault's reaction to his arrest show how he views his crime?
  • How does the life of Meursault relate to the view of what a person should feel and think?

Significant Passage Questions:
  • The last sentence in the book- what does Meursault mean by this? Even though the people will be there because of hatred for him, does that make him feel like at least someone cares?

Culture and Context:

  • history and political conflict of the nation depending on the time it takes place: historical articles or current news
  • The novel was published in 1942.
  • Meursault is an Algerian. Algeria was a colony of France.
  • In the 1830's dictators such as Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco were rising to power.
  • There was economic trouble in Algeria.
  • cultural or religious traditions
  • Meursault is an atheist.
  • biographical information about the author
  • Since Camus was raised in a working class family, he is skeptical towards idealism and introspection.
  • Pied-noir's were treated as a second class citizens, but needed french protection in order to compete for working class jobs against the cheap Arab labor.

  • articles of literary criticism (using Marvel)
  • author information -- interviews, obituaries, statements
  • book reviews
  • research allusions and cultural references
  • Like the Meursault, Albert Camus is a Pied-Noir (black foot). A pied-noir is a Frenchman born in the northeast crescent of Mediterranean Africa. This is the hear of France's African colonies.

Pre-Discussion Processing:

  • Characters - List a significant detail for each character
Meursault- Different morals than society

Marie- a former co-worker that is to be married to Meursault.

Raymond- Local pimp and Meursaults neighbor.

Meursault's mother- Recently died. Was sent to an old persons' home.

The Champlain- A priest who is sent to comfort men who are sentenced to death. Helps Meursault realize that the universe is meaningless.


  • Setting - Locations and time periods
Algeria, before WWII
  • Important plot events
1. When Meursault shoots the Arab.
2. The trial
3.The visit from the Champlain

  • Conflicts
• Meursault's inability to show emotion
•The conflict of Meursault's morals vs society's morals
  • Narration (point of view)
• From Meursault's point of view- detached

  • Important passages