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The Plague written by Albert Camus tells the story of a city gripped by a deadly disease The story takes place in the desert town of Oran Algeria in northern Africa The city suffers from extremes of weather conditions In the summer the heat forces the inhabitants to spend those days of fire indoors behind closed shutters The shutters are closed just as the people of the town turn themselves off from there neighbors The main focus of every citizen in Oran is himself The previously mentioned comparison underlines indifference and the role that it played in the lives of everyone not just the people of Oran The truth is that everyone is bored and devotes himself to cultivating habits Our citizens work hard but solely with the object of getting rich Everyone has become and individual in Oran The focus of the entire society is on oneself instead of the society as a whole The following quote from Camus on page 5-6 illustrates this perfectly The towns so being disposed that it turns its back on the bay with the result that its impossible to see the sea you always have to go look for it The citizens of Oran need not worry about the well being of their community as each of them is wrapped up in his own concerns Everyone in Oran wishes to be an individual to have none of the problems of the rest of the world The people of Oran dont want to be stuck in the same boat with someone else each believes that one mans problem is his own while they truly affect everyone An example of this is found on pages 26-27 when the hotel manager talks about being in the same boat with a spiteful tone filled with disgust The Plague catches the city completely by surprise no one is prepared for it The citys doctors gather to discuss the matter They refuse to accept
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