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"The Plague": A Christian reading
An analysis of Albert Camus' 1947 novel "The Plague" from a Christian perspective.
# 152385 | 1,642 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 04, 2013 in Literature (French) , Philosophy (Religion)

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This paper provides a summary of the novel "The Plague" and then discusses Camus' existentialist concept of the meaning of life. The paper highlights how "The Plague" seems to recall Job in its portrayal of suffering while also affirming an uncomfortable truth, that disease can tear down the facade of human civilization and reduce people to their barest, most animalistic essence. The paper discusses how there is no essential morality other than what humans create and construct from their own philosophies, and Camus clearly believes that having a personal sense of morality is necessary to live a good life, even if he may believe that death and the human soul is finite.

Summary of the Novel
Is it Possible to be an Existentialist and a Christian?

From the Paper:

"The French existentialist author Albert Camus' 1947 novel The Plague is set in Oran, a prosperous town in Algeria. The town is suddenly and mysteriously struck by a horrific plague. At first, only the rats are affected. However, a careful reader should know that this is a sign of ominous foreshadowing, given that rats were the carriers of the bubonic plague, or Black Death as it was called in medieval Europe. The main character, Dr. Bernard Rieux, becomes alarmed after treating a hotel concierge, M. Michel, who had to sweep up the dead rats. After talking to other doctors in the area, Rieux learns that he is not alone: all are dealing with patients manifesting similar symptoms, including the tell-tale pus-filled boils on the skin. Rieux suspects the bubonic plague, but few of his fellow physicians are willing to entertain that theory except for Dr. Castel, who helps Rieux fight the plague and institutional intransigence. Initially, the public tries to ignore the plague: the managers of an exclusive hotel are more upset at the 'bad image' the dying rats in their rooms convey than the fact that one of the maids is ill. They do not believe the illness is really contagious until it is too late."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ecclesiastes. The King James Bible. Retrieved May 7, 2010 at http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes+7&version=KJV
  • The Book of Job. The King James Bible. Retrieved May 7, 2010 at http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+13&version=KJV
  • Simpson, David. (2005, March 25). Camus. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.Retrieved May 7, 2010 at http://www.iep.utm.edu/camus/#SSH5c.v

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