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Existentialism and Albert Camus' The Plague - Existentialism and The Plague    In the mid 1940s, a man by the name of Albert Camus began to write a story. This story he called La Pesté. Written in French, the novel became extremely popular and has since been translated numerous times into many languages. This story has been read over and over, yet it tells more than it seems to. This story tells the tale of a city gripped by a deadly disease. This is true enough, but this is not what the novel is about. The Plague can be read as an allegory of World War II, of the French Resistance against German Occupation....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]
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Understanding Albert Camus' The Plague - Understanding The Plague The Plague, written by Albert Camus, is a triumph of literary craft. Camus created a commentary on the way humans react to trying situations and circumstances in his fictional city of Oran in North Africa. The reader is presented with Oran as a city of several hundred thousand people. All of whom seem to take life for granted. The people of Oran ar constantly driven by business or money and only stop for life's finer pleasures on the weekends. A fairly accurate parallel to today's world....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays] 757 words
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Albert Camus' Philosophy in The Plague - Albert Camus' Philosophy in The Plague To know ourselves diseased is half our cure. - Alexander Pope As the title clearly suggests, the novel The Plague is, indeed, a story of disease. On the surface, the novel The Plague, may be an accounting of facts detailing the outbreak of bubonic plague in the town of Oran. But on a deeper level, it is a novel that reveals awareness and acceptance of the limits of human existence. And it is also a reminder of our absurd freedom and the choices we make in life, especially when facing death....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]
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Finding Meaning in Albert Camus’ The Plague - Finding Meaning in Albert Camus’ The Plague Socrates, a Greek philosopher, once said that “the unexamined life is not worth living” (Apology 38b). Like Socrates, Albert Camus believed that a man needs to live meaningfully. In his novel The Plague Camus creates characters who are forced to think, reflect, and assume responsibility for living as they battle an epidemic of bubonic plague that is ravaging the Algerian port of Oran. For ten months as the outbreak isolates the city from the rest of the world, each of the citizens reacts in a unique way....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]
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Inexperienced Minds in Albert Camus' The Plague - Inexperienced Minds in The Plague   The town itself, let us admit, is ugly. These are the words of Dr. Bernard Rieux, the narrator of Albert Camus The Plague. His accurate, unexaggerated descriptions of a town’s sufferings, bring the novel to life. The town of Oran becomes afflicted with a plague, and Rieux, the town doctor, watches the town quickly die away. He joins forces with Jean Tarrou, Raymond Rambert, Joseph Grand, and Father Paneloux, hoping to defeat the unbeatable enemy. The quarantined town ultimately defeats the disease, but not before incredible losses are suffered....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays] 1930 words
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Literary Devices Used in Albert Camus' The Plague - A book of horrors, fear and death. “The Plague” is a book by Albert Camus which weaves these emotions and events into one suspenseful tale. Each paragraph and section is written and structured in such a way as to give the reader insight into the feelings of the victims of the plague, and to show somewhat of a theme. The passage from section 4, part 4, line number 1 to line number 35 gives us a glimpse of the melancholy of the people of Oran to their dead loved ones to the extent that they do not attend All Souls' Day, for they were thinking of them too much as it was....   [tags: the plague] 912 words
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The Plague by Albert Camus - ... People are accustomed to having things directly told to them; however, this instance would force them to draw conclusions and utilize their brains in ways they would not have done otherwise. It brings up people’s utmost consciousness so that they are not mindlessly going about their day doing empty activities. Joseph Lella supports this claims when he states, “Tarrou observes both his cat-spitting neighbor and the old Spaniard (along with his pans of peas) with a similar, dare I say, admiration as to how they spend their time.” He argues that because these people are in control of how they chose to spend their time, they are being wise and efficient....   [tags: absurdism, imprisonment] 1014 words
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The Plague by Albert Camus - The Plague by Albert Camus Albert Camus' The Plague, takes place in the desert town of Oran, Algeria, in northern Africa. It is the perfect setting for this story to take place. The ordinariness of Oran is contrasted with the extraordinary business of the plague. Sprintzen points out that "There is a mythic significance of Oran. Given the previous description of the quality of Oranian life, the selection of Oran as the location for the outbreak of plague should not come as a surprise"(Sprintzen 38)....   [tags: Papers] 2002 words
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Human Nature and Condition in The Plague by Albert Camus - Albert Camus was a French writer who was very well known all over the world for his different works but especially with the idea of “absurdism”. Camus believed that something that was absurd was not possible by humans or logically. It was beyond ridiculous and therefore impossible. This was the basis of one of his most famous works, The Plague. The Plague is a novel that explores aspects of human nature and condition, destiny, God, and fate. The novel is about a plague that takes place in Oran, Algeria that is fictional, but it’s believed to be relatively based on a cholera outbreak in the mid 1800’s in Oran that killed thousands of people....   [tags: oran, selfish, Dr. Rieux] 934 words
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Essay on the Power of Language in The Plague - The Power of Language in The Plague In his novel The Plague, Albert Camus presents a pseudo-historical documentary of a plague that confines and controls the citizens of Oran within their city gates. The plague possesses the power of life and death over the people, as it determines which citizens will face their death or those who work to stop death. These latter men, personified by the character's of Rieux, Grand, and Tarrau, each struggle endlessly to master the plague's power over their lives, even with the realization they may never succeed....   [tags: Albert Camus Plague Essays]
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An Absurd Situation in an African Town of Oran in Albert Camus' Novel, The Plague - ... Doctor Rieux is one of these men helping to fight off the plague. Bernard Rieux is “about thirty five years old, of moderate height, dark-skinned, with close-cropped black hair” (Galens 207). Rieux is in charge of a hospital in Oran during the plague and he is charge of taking care of victims. He works long shifts treating the victims of the plague, but there is not much he can do. “He knows that the struggle against death is something that he can never win,” but he does “what needs to be done without any fuss” (Galens 207)....   [tags: death, hero, emotion]
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The Plague: A Great Mortality - When the black death mysteriously and suddenly hit Europe, it spread at an unbelievable speed leaving almost no city untouched. The citizens of fourteenth century Europe were unsure of how to cope with half the population being wiped out in such a short time span. What had caused this “great mortality”. Who was really to blame for their suffering. How were they to overcome it. While being overwhelmed with sickness and a number of dilemmas stemming from it, many societies became weak and eventually fell apart....   [tags: bubonic plague, black death, Albert Camus]
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Hopelessness in Albert Camus' The Plague and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot - Hopelessness in Albert Camus' The Plague and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot   Does Existentialism deny the existence of God. Can God possibly exist in a world full of madness and injustice. Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett address these questions in The Plague and Waiting for Godot. Though their thinking follows the ideals of existentialism, their conclusions are different. Camus did not believe in God, nor did he agree with the vast majority of the historical beliefs of the Christian religion....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 812 words
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Characterization in Albert Camus' The Plague and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot - Characterization in Albert Camus' The Plague and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot Characterization is an important aspect of Waiting for Godot and The Plague. In both works, the authors use characters to express their own views and enable the reader to understand themes and messages. In The Plague, Camus discloses a small part of himself in each of the primary characters. The main character, Dr. Bernard Rieux, represents Camus' own rejection of needless suffering and his overwhelming compassion and respect for people searching for meaning in life (Lebesque 80)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 670 words
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Existentialism in Albert Camus' The Plague and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot - All of the characters in The Plague and Waiting For Godot exist in their fictional worlds. However, none is able to explain why. Neither work gives the reader an explanation of human existence except to say that humans exist. Providing an answer to the question of existence would constitute a paradox. To an existentialist, if you answer the question, then you've missed the whole point. Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts (Bigelow 134)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 956 words
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Themes in Albert Camus' "The Plague." - Albert Camus was born on the 7th of November 1913 in Mondovi, Algeria to Lucien Camus, whose family had settled in Algeria in 1871, and Catherine Sintes, of Spanish origin. During Camus' high school years, he met Jean Grenier, the man who would influence Camus' career to the greatest extent by opening his mind to the philosophy of thinkers such as Nietzsche and Bergson. He and Grenier focused much of their writing on the duality of mortality. Still achieving highly at school, Camus received his diploma from the University in philosophy in 1936, examining the legacies and conflicts of thought in his thesis, which would later inhabit his works....   [tags: European Literature] 1798 words
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The Plague Essay - ... He wants to return home and once he found out he can’t, Rambert tries throwing Dr. Rieux under the bus by accusing the doctor of not caring about anybody. Camus shows human beings only think for themselves and what they believe in during desperate times. In which, Rambert didn’t stay his selfish ways, he grew to be a different person than heretofore. It allows the reader to see the effects the plague actually has on people, how it makes them think and act in their life. Nevertheless, everyday people died in Oran....   [tags: Albert Camus, Oran, epidemic, death] 758 words
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Father Paneloux and The Plague - As a Christian speaking to the people of Oran, it would be very difficult to say anything to a people facing such terrible affliction. Even though Father Paneloux believed what he was preaching, I believe he was completely wrong. This would make what I would say much different from what Father Paneloux said. However, some strong points did emerge from his sermons. Overall, the two sermons in Albert Camus’ The Plague fail to help people become more faithful and fail to even preach to the people of Oran the truth....   [tags: Albert Camus, faith, sermon, Oran, God]
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Analysis of The Plague - The Plague is a novel describing the plague epidemic in the large Algerian city of Oran in the 1940s. In April, numerous rats staggered into the open to die. Once a mild hysteria gripped the population, the newspapers began searching for any action they could take. Finally, the authorities arranged for the daily collection and cremation of the rats, but by mid-afternoon they were already pilling up again. When a cluster of cases of a strange fever appeared, Dr. Rieux's partner, Castel, became certain that the illness is the bubonic plague....   [tags: The Plague ] 2017 words
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Taking a Look at Albert Camus - ... Some writings differ due to living in a nonviolent home yet some of his writing involve killing .His family had his life planned out from the time Camus father died, but his life had taken another approach. Camus was compassionate towards others, especially his idols Malraux and Gide. Malraux and Gide inspired him to write. (Lea, Simpson) A factor that help contributed to his work is his life, “A Happy Death” and “The Stranger” are two of his books that are mostly parallel to each other. In both books, a main character killed another human being because they wanted to see what his outcome would be....   [tags: philosopher, author, journalist, existentialism]
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The Rebel by Albert Camus - ... He marks the characteristics of a Rebel, and what role the rebel plays on society, and the role society plays on him. Looking into different aspects of this new found sense of protest, Camus tries to describe all the various perspectives of looking at the rebel. Divided into 5 parts, The Rebel elaborates the different characters that propel the feeling of rebellion, and the factors that society play in bringing this feeling about. Camus also sheds light on his concept of the Absurd in the book, in order to explain the estrangement a rebel feels with his new found attitude of refusal....   [tags: literature and history, philosopher] 780 words
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The Existential View Of Absurdity in Camus' The Plague - ... Another example of how a tenet of existentialism is present in the novel, are the walls that alienate the citizens from the rest of the world. Being that Oran is a small sea port they depend on others to trade with them, it is absurd that they would build walls to block them from the incoming trade, and in turn their salvation. Death is ever-present throughout “The Plague,” and links one tenet to two others; anxiety and absurdity. The absurd fact of the matter is that who dies and survives is completely random....   [tags: death, random, hero]
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Albert Camus and His Views on Existentialism - Albert Camus is considered one of the greatest existentialist writers of all time. However, although he was considered an existentialist writer, Camus never labeled himself as an existentialist. “No, I am not an existentialist”  (Albert Camus: Lyrical and Critical Essays, Vintage (1970)) Camus rejected in an 1945 interview, however in some of his literary works, some find that his writings are one of a true existentialistic thinker. Although many contrast these thoughts and believe that Camus was anything but a thinker of this philosophy, Camus is one of the main authors that people turn to research and read to understand the thinking of existentialism....   [tags: Existentialist Writer] 1002 words
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The Historical and Cultural Aspects in The Plague - The Plague (French, La Peste) is a novel written by Albert Camus that is about an epidemic of bubonic plague. The Plague is set in a small Mediterranean town in North Africa called Oran. Dr. Bernard Rieux, one of the main characters, describes it as an ugly town. Oran’s inhabitants are boring people who appear to live, for the most part, habitual lives. The main focus of the town is money. “…everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits. Our citizens work hard, but solely with the object of getting rich....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Plague and the Book of Jobs - ... In the Book of Job, the life of job was such that he was faced with suffering, and despite of that he retained hope, of survival and happiness, if not in this world, then definitely, in the hereafter. Job has been described as "perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil" in the bible. His immense suffering included a total loss of fortune, the slaying of servants, destruction of his livestock and camels, the death of all his seven sons and three daughters. Yet he remained faithful to God and hoped for a better life if not now, then in the hereafter....   [tags: Lord, satan, bible] 699 words
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Albert Camus - Albert Camus is one of the most renowned authors in the twentieth century. With works such as Caligula, The Stranger, Nuptials, and The Plague, he has impacted the world of literature to a great extent. This great success was not just "given" to him "on a silver platter" however. He endured many hardships and was plagued with great illness in his short life. Camus is a great role model and idol for us all. 	Camus was born into poverty on November 2, 1913 in Mondovi, Algeria (a former French colony in Africa)....   [tags: essays research papers] 609 words
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Creating Chaos and Losing Knowledge - In “The Plague”, by Albert Camus, Joseph Grand experiences a creative stagnation. He cannot get past his opening sentence: “One fine morning in the month of May an elegant young horsewoman might have been seen riding a handsome sorrel mare along the flowery avenue of the Bois de Boulogne.” Having revised it and rearranged it for years, he cannot make sense of it and fails to generate a story. His idea of perfection ruins his creative side. He frantically wants the precise words and thinks that learning Latin will make him a better writer....   [tags: Albert Camus, creativity, Lewis Thomas, Gregor]
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The Absurdity of Human Existence - ... He draws attention to the belief that humans exist for one purpose and one purpose only: to stick to routines and follow the grain. Through this passage, we are able to get a better sense of Dr. Rieux’s personality and learn that he wants to defy the system and make a difference. In addition, interestingly enough, many people identify The Plague as a humanist work. However, Camus expresses many anti-humanist sentiments including that not all people are good and valuable, and that one cannot always seek rational ways of solving problems....   [tags: Albert Camus, philosophical analysis] 1320 words
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Comparing the Trial in The Plague and Hamlet - The Archetype of the Trial in The Plague and Hamlet       Rare is the tale without a conflict, without a challenge to overcome. However, to even reach the challenge the hero must first pass through the Trial. The archetype of the Trial can be found in almost any folktale. King Arthur must draw the sword from the stone to prove himself fit to be king. Hercules must face labors to atone for the murders committed in his madness. It is prominent in other areas of literature as well; it is especially well represented in The Plague by Albert Camus and Hamlet by William Shakespeare....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Existence Precedes Essence - Dead rats filled the streets of Oran in the beginning of Albert Camus’ novel The Plague. The plague was rapidly spreading throughout Oran, despite the town’s effort to constrain it. Oran was soon quarantined, letting no one in and no one out. Dr. Rieux, a local physician, organizes a team of volunteers to fight the plague. The team plans to control sanitation and properly transport infected individuals to Dr. Rieux’s hospital. The character qualities of Dr. Rieux and his team of volunteers throughout the novel are consistent with Jean-Paul Sartre’s characteristics of an existentialist....   [tags: existentialism, Camus, Sartre] 741 words
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The Cruel Hand of God: Secular Themes and Compassionate Leadership in San Manuel Bueno, Mártir and The Plague - ... Regrettably, this examination is little more than an exercise in Realpolitik, a primal exchange of power for services. The question at hand is a feudalistic one: who will aid the villagers the most. A soothing priest, or a harsh minister. A kind social worker, or a firm one. The propensity of an individual to become a “secular saint” depends not only on his/her categorization, but also how s/he interacts with their community. The next section of this evaluation will consider both necessities....   [tags: beatification, rieux and don manuel] 2055 words
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Camus: The Life and Writings of Absurdity - Camus: The Life and Writings of Absurdity      Camus was born in a small town in eastern Algiers on November 7, 1913. His father (Lucien August Camus) died in 1914 after being shot in the Battle of Marne in W.W.I. Camus was raised by his mother (Catherine Helene Sintes Camus) until he was seventeen, in a working-class section of town. "Sintes," his mother's maiden name was also Raymond Sintes' last name in the novel The Stranger. She was illiterate and became partially deaf after she was widowed....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Albert Camus and The Absurd - The Stranger, by Albert Camus, is the story of Meursault, a man who cares not for the future, nor the past. He lives without meaning, without rationality, without emotions. On one fateful day at the beach, Meursault shoots and kills an Arab, leading to a chain of events that causes his death. Throughout the judicial process, Albert Camus criticizes the society he lives in and the values it holds. The Stranger is the definitive work on Camus' own thoughts, and the basis of title as the Professor of the Absurd....   [tags: Albert Camus]
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Mortality in the Stranger by Albert Camus - Everyone will die. Meursault’s awareness of death contributes to his nonchalant attitude toward every death he witness or must endure in The Stranger. Death fails to upset Meursault. In The Stranger, Albert Camus emphasizes mortality in order to expose the ignorance humanity has towards the inevitable or unknown end. Camus’s emphasis on time accentuates Meursault’s indifference. This indifference reveals that death occurs inevitably, regardless of time. The first thought that the audience reads, “Maman died today....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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The Sun in The Stranger by Albert Camus - From page fifty-eight to fifty-seven of Albert Camus’s The Stranger he uses the relentless Algerian sun as a motif for the awareness of reality that pursues the main character, Meursault, throughout the passage. When each motif appears in the novel such as this passage, Meursault’s actions change. This exemplifies that the light, heat, and sun trigger him to become debilitated or furious. Albert Camus sets up this motif in the passage to indicate to the reader that this motif shows the major themes of this novel....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus] 803 words
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Eyes in the Stranger by Albert Camus - In The Stranger, Albert Camus personifies eyes as a source of knowledge. Characters come upon knowledge through many different sources from touch to hearing. The knowledge gained through eyes can range from, self discovery to understanding events taking place. Eyes and knowledge all seem to be related to Meursault. Meursault’s ability to understand events and circumstances depends on his clarity of vision. Unlike other characters, Meursault’s eyes do not provide knowledge, thus leaving characters misunderstanding him....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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The Absurd in Albert Camus’ The Stranger - Empathy makes us human yet not all humans are emphatic, In Albert Camus’ The Stranger a suspiciously apathetic man named Meursault comes to light as a criminal. However Meursault perpetrated a crime of passion, is that not absurd for a negligent man. In a simple view of Meursault life and philosophies the remission of human feelings is evident, and slightly frightening. In the stranger most of the events in the main characters life require an emotional effect, the death of his mother, the engagement to a beautiful woman who loved him deeply, befriending a criminal, and most shockingly the act of homicide....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger ]
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The Stranger, by Albert Camus - How do you understand a stranger. How do you judge their actions. In Albert Camus’s existentialist text, The Stranger, the protagonist is a stranger to all but himself and because of his character, society finds Meursault guilty of being an incomprehensible and dangerous alien. The court that judges Meursault ignorantly sentences him to death. However, the first person perspective narrative allows the reader a glimpse into his mind, giving them a chance to understand his character and the actions that inevitably leads him to the guillotine....   [tags: literary analysis, albert camus]
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The Stranger, Albert Camus - “Between my straw mattress and the bed planks, I had actually found an old scrap of newspaper, yellow and transparent, half-stuck to the canvas. On it was a news story, the first part of which was missing, but which must have taken place in Czechoslovakia. A man had left a Czech village to seek his fortune. Twenty-five years later, and now rich, he had returned with a wife and a child. His mother was running a hotel with his sister in the village where he’d been born. In order to surprise them, he had left his wife and child at another hotel and gone to see his mother, who didn’t recognize him when he walked in....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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Meursault's Indifference in The Stranger, by Albert Camus - In The Stranger, Albert Camus allows the main character to tell the story in order to give the reader an experience of his own. Obviously, with a novel also comes language, which Camus incorporates cleverly as a way to indirectly illustrate Meursault’s thoughts about certain situations. Although the novel represents a postmodern setting, the author shifts the overall meaning. In The Stranger, Camus applies a unique literary style as a power that deflects blame from Meursault, the antiheroic character....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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Right and Wrong in the Stranger by Albert Camus - In The Stranger, Albert Camus characterizes Meursault as a man who focuses on smaller aspects of his life rather than the big picture in order to create an inverted moral standard which makes Meursault an outsider in his own life. Meursault finds lying far more terrible than murder, yet he doesn’t judge people based on their previous actions. He helps a man commit an act of violence against a woman, and though he is an accomplice, he feels no guilt. However, Meursault pushes his emotions away, displacing them into a focus on smaller, more physical aspects of his life, such as noises and the weather....   [tags: The Stranger, Albert Camus]
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With Age, We Question Our Lives - ... Camus claims that the teaching of the Absurd is "a definite progress". In this sense he writes in his novels of what he already developed of his philosophy as he continues develops his philosophy about absurdity. For example, Camus wrote The Strangerby giving an example of the absurd then writing The Myth of Sisyphus which explains the entirety of absurdity. He then writes The Plague which he includes absurdity as well as pointing out that life is worth fighting for in spite the existence of chaos and hopelessness....   [tags: Camus' philosophy, existentialism, humanism] 842 words
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Camus' The Plague - The plague affected people not only on a physical level but a mental one as well. The mental health of the citizens of Oran was amongst the plague's many victims, it suffered of exhaustion as well as being forced to handle mental confrontations. When the citizens dealt with these issues, some people lost their capacity to love as intently, but overall the general capacity of people to uphold their devotion remained resilient to the challenges the plague provided. When the plague began, people kept their hope in love alive....   [tags: Camus Plague] 934 words
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Meursault’s Subconscious Mind in Albert Camus’ The Stranger - In Part One of The Stranger, Albert Camus avoids religious confrontations with Meursault in order to subconsciously place blame on Christ for his criminal actions. Camus restricts Meursault’s relationships to further distance him from his mother. Meursault then alienates himself from the typical spiritual ceremonies and actions to demonstrate his distrust of religion. Simultaneously, Camus uses diction of clear and bright elements to characterize people in the novel, excluding Meursault. Camus associates dark colors with Meursault to depict a sadistic persona....   [tags: Albert Camus, The Stranger]
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Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus - Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus' essay, 'The Myth Of Sisyphus' is an insightful analysis of the classic work, 'The Myth Of Sisyphus'. In some regards Camus' view of Sisyphus can seem quite accurate and in tune with the original text, but based on Camus' interpretation of the justness of Sisyphus' punishment, it is clear that the writer has some different ideas as well. Camus concludes that this punishment does not have the effect the Gods had intended, and ultimately the tragic hero must be seen as being 'happy'....   [tags: Papers Albert Camus Sisyphus]
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The Hero of Albert Camus' The Guest - The Hero of Albert Camus' The Guest Although some have called Albert Camus an existentialist, he never consented to the label. Still, he saw many things the way an existentialist sees them. Camus talks of humanity’s aloneness in the universe and their complete freedom and responsibility for their own lives, themes he pulls together with his idea of the absurd. Camus’ story The Guest powerfully expresses his thought on these prevailing ideas by his story and descriptions of an open landscape and solitary schoolhouse....   [tags: Albert Camus The Guest]
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The Contemporary Relevance of Albert Camus - The Contemporary Relevance of Albert Camus ABSTRACT: After 350 years of continual social transformations under the push of industrialization, capitalism, world-wide social revolutions, and the development of modern science, what reasonably remains of the traditional faith in divine transcendence and providential design except a deep-felt, almost 'ontological' yearning for transcendence. Torn between outmoded religious traditions and an ascendant secular world, the contemporary celebration of individuality only makes more poignant the need for precisely that religious consolation that public life increasingly denies....   [tags: Albert Camus Essays] 3158 words
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The Schoolmaster in Albert Camus's The Guest - In Albert Camus's "The Guest," an idealistic schoolmaster, Daru, is forced to make many unsettling decisions when ordered to deliver an Arab prisoner to higher authorities in Tinguit. From the beginning, after the prisoner is transferred into his custody, Daru chooses to treat him as a guest rather than a prisoner. Also, Daru decides not to cast judgment on the Arab for the crime of killing his cousin. Lastly, Daru chooses not to play God and assume the awesome responsibility of deciding another man's fate....   [tags: The Guest by Albert Camus] 720 words
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