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Albert camus

Albert Camus' novel, The First Man, shows how one man, Jacques Comery, who's father died while he was an infant, and is forced to grow up in a poverty stricken part of Algiers with his mother, grandmother, brother and uncle in a small two bedroom apartment.Has come to an understanding of love, death, poverty, and life.The following passages are some of Camus' best examples of how Jacques has come to this understanding, as well as some of Camus' own opinions on these and other matters.
Thisfirst passage is a conversation between Jacques and his friend Malan it tells us about Jacques opinion on life and death. ""At sixty-five, every year is a stay of execution," Malan said."I would like to die in peace, and dying frightens me. I have accomplished nothing."
"There are people who vindicate the world, who help others live just by their presence."
"Yes, and they die," Malan said.
They were silent, and the wind blew a little harder around the house."(Camus 35-36).
In this passage Jacques has come to the understanding that all me die, whether they accomplish great things or not.As long as you live a good life there is no use in regretting the life you live, because even if you do not change the lives of thousands, you will at least touch one other person.
In this next passage Jacques has comes to a realization about his mother.""Yes," said Jacques.He was going to say: "You're very beautiful," and he stopped himself.He had always thought that of his mother and had never dared to tell her so.It was not that he feared being rebuffed nor that he doubted such a compliment would please her.But it would have meant breaching the invisible barrier behind which for all his life he had seen her take shelter-"(Camus 58).In this passage Jacques has come to realize what it is that he loves most about his mother.It i…

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