How did Meursault change his outlook by the end of the novel? Why did he want to be greeted by cries of hatred?

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Because the crowd is united in its outrage and hatred and fear of him, Meursault understands that he is the only one that is truly free. The others are bound by laws, rules, and social mores that bring structure and meaning to their lives, and by punishing him, they feel all the more righteous.

His indifference is threatening to the people whom he wishes will make up "a large crowd of spectators" on the day of his execution. Meursault does not believe in an afterlife, and he believes that no value is lasting. He understands that to have lived is more than enough and that his existence has preceded his essence.

The members of the crowd who will cry for Meursault's blood have not had occasion to question their...

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