In the first chapter of The Stranger, it says:

The director stopped at the door of a small building. "I'll leave you now, Monsieur Meursault. If you need me for anything, I'll be in my office. As is usually the case, the funeral is set for ten o'clock in the morning. This way you'll be able to keep vigil over the departed. One last thing: it seems your mother often expressed to her friends her desire for a religious burial. I've taken the liberty of making the necessary arrangements. But I wanted to let you know." I thanked him. While not an atheist, Maman had never in her life given a thought to religion.
The Stranger, part 1, chapter 1

What is happening here? Why would Maman have "often expressed to her friends her desire religious burial" if she's never given a thought to religion? (Who talks about what kind of burial they want often anyway?) Is this meant to imply that the director is lying?

What's happening here?


Camus was secular even though he maintained an interest in spiritual matters. After all, he called Simon Wril, 'one of the truly great spirits of our time.'

Given his interest in the figure of the rebel, of transgression, of revevaluating the norms of bourgeois society, I'd say he was a Nietzschean and here, he was suggesting that religion be given a decent burial, and by doing so, he was acknowledging it's greatness, but also that its time had passed.

He was interested in the new man, of the new century. Hence his interest in the promethean figure of the rebel who would put aside all old things as though they were toys.

Given that this new century was a century full of atrocities, one might say he was being a little hasty in thinking the new was to be rapturously and blindly welcomed.

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