Salamano and his dog – Introducing You to The Stranger
He was looking all over the place, turning around, peering into the darkness of . I think that the relationship between Salamano and the dog is. The relationship between Meursault and his mother is one of much debate in the novel The Stranger. Even though we never see the. The relationship between Salamano and his dog is utterly absurd. with Meursault in order to subconsciously place blame on Christ for his criminal actions.
Salamano and his dog, a spaniel affected with a kind of skin disease, are described to be inseparable. Salamano beats his dog relentlessly and the ugly dog whimpers but when the dog gets lost at the Parade Ground, Salamano turns gloomy.
Meursault and his Mother vs. Salamano and his Dog
This attachment-separation dynamic forms and interesting relationship that contributes to the plot and the larger themes of the novel. The Salamano-and-his-dog dynamic seems to reflect the age-old belief that one does not realise the value of what one has until one loses it.
Salamano is a lonely, old man. He only has his diseased spaniel for company.
Salamano and his dog
The spaniel too, has no place else to go. Salamano swears at the dog and beats him violently but the very next morning, Meursault sees them going for a walk.
Such is their relationship. However, when Salamano and the spaniel get separated at the Parade ground, Salamano looks deeply troubled.
He is worried that the police will nab him or that he will die on the road.
While at his mother's funeral, Meursault then didn't express much grief in the way that society expected him to. Even though both relationships seem to be unusual ones, they also have some fundamental differences.
The relationships almost seem to be opposites of each other. Meursault and his mother seemed to have a pretty normal relationship before the mother's death. They seemed to love each other to some extent, as Meursault still seemed to care about making sure his mother was taken care for even if he couldn't.
Salamano and his dog seem to be the opposite. While they were together, their relationship was not loving at all, as Salamano constantly abused his dog and they hated each other. When the dog ran away and was presumed dead, Salamano expressed remorse and missed his dog, even crying alone in his apartment at night.
Therefore, even though both relationships have similarities in the way that they don't align with the societal idea of a healthy relationship, they actually aren't too similar in the extent of the healthiness of their relationships. It is clear that Salamano and his dog have a very abusive relationship, and even though Salamano shows remorse when his dog runs away, this doesn't excuse his previous actions. Even though Meursault and his mother have an unusual relationship, calling it abusive would be stretching it too far.