Human Nature in "The Plague" Book Review by Nicky

Human Nature in "The Plague"
An analysis of the theme of human nature as depicted in Albert Camus' novel "The Plague".
# 129168 | 1,891 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Sep 06, 2010 in Literature (French) , English (Analysis)

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This paper relates that Albert Camus' work, "The Plague", is an intense look into the humanity of man. The paper specifically discusses the book's message about the condition of man and how we deal with difficult circumstances. The use of the plague as a symbol that represents all things with which humanity must fight in order to achieve a greater good is discussed and analyzed as well.

From the Paper:

"Metaphorically, the pestilence represents death, which is now confronting the living. Certainly, we must all face death but when we must do so when we least expect it, something in us changes. Mortality becomes unavoidable as the inhabitants of Oran realize that they are meeting death unsuspectingly. With such an unexpected entrance, death claims the attention of all while everything else falls by the wayside. Death spoils life in this instance; however, the citizens are incapable of coping with what has happened and this is a basic human reaction to any disaster. The plague is anything that steals our joy and causes suffering. When we see various human reactions through Camus' characters, we understand the nature of man in its most vulnerable of states. When death is surrounding you and there is no way to escape it, you learn to come to terms with it whether you want to or not. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brosman, Catharine. "Albert Camus." Dictionary of Literary Biography. 2007. GALE Resource Database. November 19, 2008.
  • Camus, Albert. The Plague. Trans. Stuart Gilbert. New York: McGraw Hill. 1948.

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