My initial response to the final sentence of the novel was complete confusion. The novel ends, "For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, 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." (Camus 123.) How could Meursault consider being an object of hatred preferable to and less lonely than the state of indifference to that world that he had been in previously? Then I realized that this deeply ironic statement represents Meursault's great moral breakthrough, his acceptance of responsibility for his actions and his realization that, by understanding that he deserved to become an object of moral revulsion, he had found meaning in human actions. The last sentence signifies that Meursault had overcome his alienation and joined a moral community. I think the ironic language of that last sentence conveys something of the absurdity of human existence, but it does so without suggesting there is no value or meaning in human life.