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09/24/2009

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I think the last sentence of the stranger confirms the absurdity of Meursalt's life, and how he knows that his loneliness is a product of his unwillingness to "play the game." During the last chapter, Meursalt states that for the first time he misses Maman and Marie, and does not understand how to deal with his feelings. He accepts that after being completely indifferent and acting upon impulse he has ruined his chance at happiness. The last sentence shows that Meursalt is very conflicted, and even though he knows he has been wrong, he wants the hatred of the crowd to vindicate his disdain for social construction.

I disagree with both the previous views on Camus' ending of the story. I feel that Meursalt is very egocentric, and by this I mean that when Meursalt dies, he takes the rest of the world with him. Almost as if he is the central power that keeps the world alive. If he dies, then everyone else dies with him; thats why he comments saying that everyone will hate him when he dies because they all die with him

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