Overall I think The Stranger was a good book. I really enjoyed the shift in Meursault’s character throughout the book. First he started out as a man who didn’t care about anyone and didn’t have any sort of aspirations. He thought the people at his mother’s funeral were annoying, and he seemed a little frustrated that his mother’s funeral was on a Saturday. In the numerous times that Marie talked about marriage, he said it didn’t matter and he would do what she wanted. He testified for Raymond that the he beat up cheated on him. The only thing he mentioned that he actually liked was washing his hands at work at lunch. However, once he killed the man he started to have a different variety of thoughts. He started to realize that he did like his life and was happy. Also, that Marie didn’t actually mean anything to him. But for someone to actually know what happiness is one must experience sadness and I think that is what Mersault was truly feeling when he was in prison.
I do wonder if he was actually executed or not. His lawyer seemed so confident that he would get off with a little prison time and some hard labor but the jury decided that Mersault should face the death penalty. His lawyer was also confident that he could win the appeal, but the lawyer doesn’t seem to know what the jury and the judge are actually thinking. I’m more on the side that he lost the appeal and was executed because I would think that in the appeal they would ask him if he regrets anything or feels remorse and he doesn’t. Also, he said that he was ready to die, meaning that he was ready to live again in another life, to start over. So I don’t think he would actively try to get out of the death penalty. He knew he would have no chance of survival under the guillotine so he accepted the fact that he might die and was ready to move on.