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Colonialism in the novel


Critics have disagreed about the centrality of the issue of colonialism in the novel.

Which of the following features of the novel best supports the contention that colonialism is indeed a major theme in the novel?


Meursault's trial is conducted in a judicial system based on a European model in which a person is presumed guilty until proven innocent.


Meursault's atheism alienates him from a predominantly Christian society and precludes any chance he might otherwise have for a pardon.


While all the European characters are named and described at some length, the Arab characters remain undeveloped and nameless.


Meursault's socioeconomic status is
far superior to the status of any of the Arab characters introduced in the novel.


Raymond's encounter with the police officer highlights the discriminatory practices that characterizes a colonial administration.