If your reader can’t empathize with the character in some way, you risk losing your audience” (Lamb 140).
In the beginning of the story, he is detached and disinterested; will he develop into a character with feeling and passion?
” The story continues from beginning to end without this anticipated character development taking place.
If there is no change in a character, no growth or progress, there is no satisfaction at the end of a story.
Mersault, from reads like a novel, or more like someone’s personal diary.
Looking at the facts of Meursault’s character thus far, questions arise as to the motive of the shooting. Was it his inability to grieve for his mother, which was then projected into anger?
Was it the fact that he didn’t care about anything at all – or did he simply want to prove that he didn’t care?
I washed my hands and then I went out onto the balcony” (21), one wonders if the author is outlining this basic material to get to the good stuff about to take place, or whether these mundane details are the story in itself.
When realizing that this emotionless telling really is the story, the next question is, “Is the author going to portray the character arc of this young man?
If there was no character, there would be no story.
Reading is for all these reasons at some time or another, but more than that, .