Romanticism in 'The Plague' Book Review by writingsensation

Romanticism in 'The Plague'
This paper discusses the theme of romanticism in 'The Plague' by Albert Camus.
# 75642 | 834 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 18, 2006 in Literature (French) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (General)

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In this article, the writer examines how "The Plague" emphasizes direct expression of feelings and resistance to oppression and presents the notion of human suffering as a cultural movement, which correlate to the definition of romanticism. This paper describes in detail the methods in which Camus uses to portray the themes of exile and separation, ideas embodied within the characters of the work who are exiled or separated from their true loves. The writer concludes that Albert Camus demonstrates much sympathy toward the plight of romanticism in his work "The Plague".

Romanticism and 'The Plague'

From the Paper:

"Mankind's exposure to oppression and willingness to fight back against oppression in "The Plague" are also indicative of Camus' sympathy toward Romanticism. Much of the oppression felt by the characters in Camus work is their inability to be with those they love. The physical separation experienced by many is felt by all of the citizens affected by the pestilence, perhaps more so than the actual deaths resulting from the disease itself. Rieux and Joseph Grand for example, are examples of characters in the work that are oppressed by lost love and saddened that they are unable to recapture that which was once shared with their loved ones easily or readily. Many find that their memories keep them from falling deep into their oppression however, hence use their memories to fight back against the oppression that the pestilence brings. This is evidenced by Rambert for example, who claims that love is worth living and dying for and memories can help fight back if people do not become paralyzed by them."

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