ENG 12 THV Albert Camus - The Plague.docx - STEPHEN JAMES TORDA ENG 12 THV BA PHILO \u201cAlbert Camus \u2013 The Plague\u201d The Plague as most of us have read

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STEPHEN JAMES TORDA ENG 12 THV BA PHILO “Albert Camus – The Plague” The Plague as most of us have read mirrors and represents humankind’s responses to death. The book works on the literal as well as metaphorical level as you can even correlate its events, for example, with the advent of Ebola over the past few years and how we have come to face such fatal disease. Camus’ story is that of a group of men, defined by their gathering around and against the plague. In it we encounter the courage, fear and calculation that we read or hear in every story about West Africa’s efforts to curtail and confront Ebola; through its narrator, Dr Rieux, we can identify with the hundreds of Cuban doctors who went immediately to the plague’s Ground Zero, and those such as the Scottish nurse who had risked and has then fought for her life at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Camus metaphorically incorporates the idea of existentialism and humanism through a variety of characters driven by their individuality and different aspects of human nature; their fear that strikes confusion, feelings of isolation borne out of separation from their loved ones, and notions of self-sufficiency to achieve survival, to ultimately prevail not only against the plague stricken city of death, but in overcoming their own “Shadow selves” and against that of Nature itself. In the end achieving compassion, unity, and humanistic values saving oran from the plague.

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