Unlike all of the other characters on this blog, Meursault lives in a distinctly mellow state. Chaos washes completely over him, affect only others. By killing the Arab in a rather random act of violence Meursault tosses his world into a chaotic mess, only to sit back and observe it all. For Meursault life is chaos and so it needs very little attention. His character is purposely distant because very few humans share this view. He is an anomaly living in a clam state, suggesting, yet again, that life is neither possible nor human without a little bit of chaos. This also applies to the creative process as, like many of the other authors, Camus uses a chaotic and unexpected event to drive the plot of his novel.
The Stranger~Albert Camus