“Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: 'Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.' That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday” (Camus 1).M. Meursault's, apathy and detachment toward his mother are strong indications of absurdity. Especially since he calls his mother “Maman” rather than the English equivalent of mother, mère. This is interesting because “Maman” is more closely translated to mommy than mother. Nevertheless, why would Camus characterize M. Meursault, a man of insensitivity, with a tinge of vulnerability? Even so, this diction is a bit off-putting coming from a grown man.
“On their way out, and much to my surprise, they all shook my hand – as if that night during which we hadn’t exchanged as much as a single word had somehow brought us closer together” (Camus 12).