Analysis Of The Plague By Albert Camus

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In my essay I will be discussing the link between the different ways of reading “The Plague” (by Albert Camus, published in 1947) (Google Books, 2014). There is of course the literal story of a plague, then there is the metaphorical meaning of the Nazi Occupation, and when you look deeper into the book, you find that all of this is based around not just the Nazi occupation but a “darkness” - which symbolises pure evil. This evil is not literally the devil, but a more complicated way of referring to Existentialism (Miclaus, 2014). There is an order of reading this book and by analysing it, we come to an understanding with how the three themes come together into a bigger picture. When you start reading the novel you are aware of reading about a plague that spread through Europe. When we relate this novel to Camus’s time period, we understand that he is relating this “plague” to the Black Death (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2014) that killed millions. The novel, however does not only look at natural, literal meaning of the plague but the when you look at the plot as a whole; it is a big metaphor to the Nazi Occupation in Germany. There are key events in the story that are evidence of this statement. At first, during the Nazi occupation in Germany, Jews were banned from all services and professions. Later they were put into concentration camps, away from the German citizens and killed in secret gas chambers. It was only later that people started realising that this was happening

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