After finishing the last part of "The Stranger", I was kind of in shock at how it ended. It was a lot like the Tempest Tales in that the whole story just builds up and at the end it was just like a big "screw you" to the reader. I don't mean that it was a dissapointing ending or anything, it just kind of sucks that Meursault's life has to end like that. Even though he did kill a man, it is rediculous that he is sentenced to death because the judge and prosecutor or whoever it was, said that since Meursault murdered the Arab, his crimed "paved the way" for the man who murdered his father, and in essence, Meursault is responsible for both crimes. This is bullshit. Meursault should not suffer for another crime he had nothing to do with. Anyway, at first I thought it was a crappy, really bogus ending. We then took a test on "The Stranger" and the ending was put into a better perspective for me. The passage we had to read was when Mersault was first getting used to prison life and the frustrations that come with it. We read about how he befriends the prison guard and we read about Meursault's comparisons of jail to living isolated in a tree. When rereading this passage I thought of "The Myth of Sysyphus". Even though Sysyphus is in the most unfortunate of situations, one can still see him as a happy man. I think that the most troubling thing for humans is the unknown. We are programmed from the start to follow a similar system. Go to school, get a job, get married, have kids, settle down, die. But it is unsettling that we do not know what happens after we die. Even though Sysyphus has a horrible punishment, he knows that his punishment will last for an eternity. There is no unknown for him to be afraid of and he can make peace with the horrible situation he's in. Anyone can get used to anything over time. This is why I think Meursault dies a happy man. He knows that everyone has to die at some point. It is inevitable. He fully understands that there is not an order to things in the world, and that pain and suffering are random and the only thing promised is death. Rather than depressing him, this gives him a sense of freedom. Without the need for false hopes or illusions, Mersault is a free, and happy man.