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In Albert Camuss The Plague Camus describes a town that has been overtaken by a deadly plague Throughout the novel he describes various characters and the changes that these characters undergo as the plague spreads and worsens and how the general atmosphere of the town and all of its citizens change The quarantined town of Oran has a striking resemblance to a town or concentration camp from the European holocaust These similar aspects lead to the common belief that this novel is a direct representation of the struggles in Europe against the powers of Nazism and nothing more than that However as I read this novel I saw much more than this I would argue that this is not a novel based solely on the struggle against Nazism during the holocaust but it is much more it is a piece on the human being it is a writing on human spirit and what the human race is all about I relate my argument to Thodys response to the novel Thody argues that during the struggles of the plague the people question certain beliefs and values He argues that as plague worsens it causes people to disregard or change opinions in certain things like Christianity which seems to lose its grip on the population as the death toll rises Thody talks a lot about the changes that the characters in the novel undergo instead of analyzing the novel solely as a political and historical writing Peoples true colors or inner beliefs come out when times are at their worst and this is a reoccurring theme throughout the novel Although I dont think this is the most important aspect of the novel there is a connection between the struggles against Nazism and the struggles of the citizens of Oran against the plague The immense amount of death and sadness is hard to argue against and it seems difficult to find any sort of positive or enlightening
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