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"Since we're all going to die".....UVA

valeriadavila01 9 / 17 2  
Dec 30, 2012   #1
What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?

"Since we're all going to die, it's obvious that when and how don't matter." This quote from Albert Camus' The Stranger (also known as The Outsider), literally defines the exact opposite of what my view on life is. I felt a huge amount of difficulty and [INSERT WORD] reading this novel for my junior year English class. The main character, Mersault irrationally kills a man, and shows no remorse whatsoever. Once he is thrown in jail, he shares his thoughts with the readers, explaining that he wouldn't care if had died at that very moment. Life to him is meaningless, and the fact that he does not fear death made reading this book fill my head with questions. Are there truly people out there who wake up each morning thinking that there is no point in living, and that it does not matter when the end comes? Can people kill others this easily? Although it baffled me at first to believe that individuals like that exist, it also made me come to realization that this isn't a perfect world. There is much flaws in it, and for that reason, we have to accept all the views of everyone. As surprising as it was to view life from a different point of view, every individual has the right to their own perspective.

Harsh criticism/Revisions are welcomed! Please help with word choice as well! Does it make sense/ answer the question?
Thank you!

umecollege 2 / 17 2  
Dec 30, 2012   #2
you could delete [insert word here] it flows without another word. And I remember my english teacher telling me starting with a quote is a very cliche method in writing college essays. But your essay worked regardless in my personal view. I also think it answered the question because it shows the impact of the novel on your view of the society. Overall, it was good !

Also, could you take a look at my essay?

Thank you
shmegg 7 / 26 1  
Dec 30, 2012   #3


- disatisfaction?

haracter, Mersault irrationally

- ..Mersault, ... (add a comma)

There is much

- There are many flaws..

accept all the views

everyone. As surprising as it

--use a different word rather than "surprising". How about eye-opening?
OP valeriadavila01 9 / 17 2  
Dec 30, 2012   #4
Thanks @umecollege and @shmegg! Really appreciate the advice/help!
Where do you think it would be best to place the quote or should I even add one?
alicederp 10 / 56 4  
Dec 30, 2012   #5
"Can people kill others this easily?" <-- He didn't kill intentionally. It was an accident. I think this is a good essay but you didn't really capture Albert Camus' meaning in the novel...

Could you please take a look at my common app essay?
OP valeriadavila01 9 / 17 2  
Dec 30, 2012   #6
@alicederp Oops! I meant to take that part out! It was crossed out on Microsoft Word, but not on here haha

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