Discuss the last sentence of The Stranger: "I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate." Why does Meursault wish for...

Discuss the last sentence of The Stranger: "I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate." Why does Meursault wish for a crowd of angry spectators to appear at his execution? What is the impact of the ending?

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The Stranger ends with Meursault's refusal to renounce his actions, his refsual to show remorse for killing the Arab or for not crying at his mother's funeral.  Instead, he hopes for an angry mob to jeer at his beheading.  He says that no one had the right to cry over his mother's death because she was ready to live her life all over again.  The same it is with him.  So, instead of tears, Mersault and Camus want us to show anger in the face of death.

One of Camus' earlier essays, "The Myth of Sisyphus " shows this same hatred for death.  There, Sisyphus cheated Death and lived two lives.  Rather than be buried, he again enjoyed the sun and ocean by his wife's side.  But Death caught up to him a second time and, as punishment, made him forever roll a rock up a hill, only to have it roll back down.  But, Sisyphus accepted his punishment.  An eternity of...

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