At funerals, we expect sadness. At a murderer’s trial, we desire to witness remorse. Have you ever asked why our expectation and desire converge? Should the son be sad at his mother’s funeral? Should the murderer be remorseful? And what if the rebels do not wish to abide by these rules society has imposed on its constituents? Should they die for their lack of sadness or remorse? This main character sure does. And Camus explores why that is in The Stranger.
The remorseless Meursault is no less guilty than the criminal who, in order to save himself, becomes remorseful for his crime after the fact.
Meursault feels no sadness over death because he believes to grieve over someone’s departure from a world that has no meaning would be nonsensical.