The radical existentialism that Albert Camus offers in The Stranger inheres in the absurdist stance that life is meaningless, rather than meaningful, precisely because it is all there is. Repeated questioning of the meaning of life cannot, Meursault finds, alter the fact that we cannot know what happens after death—not because there is some greater power than human cannot access, but because there is no such meaning.
Camus offer Meursault numerous opportunities for remorse and redemption. While some of his behavior is both illegal and immoral, especially shooting the Arab, other behavior simply fails to meet social expectations, such as appropriately mourning his mother. Meursault is alienated not merely from society but also from himself. After his conviction, his ultimate session with the priest, which could have brought atonement and a hope of forgiveness, culminates first in anger and then liberation; he embraces the absence of meaning—what Camus sums up as the "benign indifference of the universe." Thus, he will leave life happy if others show happiness in his passing, as spectators at his hanging.