Albert Camus The Plague

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Albert Camus’ Portrayal of War and Humanity in The Plague In The Plague, Albert Camus uses the imagery of war as a comparison to the German occupation of France during World War Two. The war imagery in the novel is used to deteriorate the humanity of the population of Oran. This erosion of humanity can be seen in the citizens of France during the German occupation due to the atrocities that the Nazis committed against them. Camus introduces the motif of war imagery when Doctor Rieux found “something soft under his foot,” which was a dead rat (Camus 7). This dead rat symbolizes the inception of Nazis in France and foreshadows death. Many people in the town were very ignorant at the beginning of the invasion of rats. This ignorance can be…show more content…
This blatant ignorance shows that people in the city are not dispelling problems that the city is facing; instead, they only care about their own conceitedness. At the beginning of the invasion of rats, the citizens of Oran were very oblivious to the monstrous problem in their future. The tremendous amount of rats brought the even worse problem of the plague. The plague is used as a symbol for Nazism in Europe. Just like the plague, Nazism is very contagious and is spread expeditiously. At the beginning, the people of Oran treated the plague just like how they treated the rats, very poorly. The first citizen to contract the plague was coincidentally Michel. Once again, Michel was arrogant and said to Doctor Rieux that the ganglions and pus-pockets on his body were “just swellings” and later went on to say “ I must have strained myself somehow” (Camus 17). After Michel and a few others died, the people in Oran began to get fearful. But to get rid of their fears, many of the citizens decided to ignore the problem. One of these citizens was Tarrou, one of Doctor Rieux’s confidants. Tarrou said, “The only

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