PLAGUE translated and adapted from Albert Camus' La Peste by Colin Duckworth. For three (or more) male actors. Apart from Actor 1 (Rieux), the cast must be. of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal download the Ebook . The Plague (Vintage International series) by Albert Camus. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format.
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Albert Camus. THE PLAGUE. TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY Stuart Gilbert. First published in It is as reasonable to represent one kind of. The Plague (), Albert Camus Translated from French by Stuart Gilbert. In The Plague Camus substitutes this problem for that of a strange form of martyrdom. Read "The Plague" by Albert Camus available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. A haunting tale of human resilience in the.
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Of course, given the interpretational flexibility of allegory, its associative meanings are endless. By separating the unafflicted from the infected, the plague puts into motion, as discussed by Michel Foucault, a process of quarantine at the city level and quadrillage at the national level. This separation circumscribes the social classification and exclusion of individuals affected by the plague.
This tenuous relationship, between subjectivity and collectivity, is a constant preoccupation for Albert Camus. His philosophy of the absurd considers at its very heart the role and consequent actions of the absurd individual, a being bereft of all transcendental purpose and direction, within the boundaries of a community.
In its most basic sense, absurdity addresses the meaninglessness of life, with special attention directed to divine disavowal. This is a far cry from the subjectively-minded ideas proposed in Le Mythe de Sisyphe. Opening absurdity to the possibility of communal awareness, Camus also emphasizes one of the many allegorical meanings found in La Peste.
Community De Formation [L]a peste avait tout recouvert.
As Doctor Rieux and his colleagues desperately struggle to control a virulent epidemic in the town of Oran, individual agendas are forgotten in order to collectively work towards eradicating the pestilence: Rieux and his fellow doctors labor incessantly to help victims, Tarrou organizes a militia of volunteers to fight the plague, and even Father Paneloux preaches a heightened sense of public religious observance as a means of stamping out the disease.
Gathered together as a body, solitary selfishness becomes combined counteraction, and, ten months after the first outbreak, the plague steadily diminishes into oblivion. While it would be perfectly poetic to finish the novel with a tightly-knit community, at the end of the text Rieux finds himself a lone man whose memories of collective resistance are the only company he has left.
It must be emphasized that Rieux did not experience any sense of community except while in the midst of his struggle against the plague.
In this sense, community and a sense of belonging in La Peste are relegated to a common goal: resisting the plague. It is the plague and its threat of death that develop relationships of cooperation. Foucault observes: [t]here is a literature of plague that is a literature of the decomposition of individuality; a kind of orgiastic dream in which plague is the moment when individuals come apart and when the law is forgotten.
Plague overcomes the law just as it overcomes the body. Such, at least, is the literary dream of the plague. When considering the plague it is necessary, however, to also consider the macrocosmic perspective and recognize that a type of lawfulness is activated in excluding Oran from the global picture. In Foucauldian terms, a quadrilllage is happening: there is another dream of the plague: a political dream in which the plague is rather the marvelous moment when political power is exercised to the full.
It is only in plague circumstances that quadrillage occurs. This split between the healthy and infirm, and the consequent quarantine put into effect, is symptomatic of social relationships.
In the following two sections, I will trace some of the critical approaches to La Peste and 7 It should be noted that Goffman does not directly identify contagious disease e.
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Set in Algeria, in northern Africa, The Plague is a powerful study of human life and its meaning in the face of a deadly virus that sweeps dispassionately through the city, taking a vast percentage of the population with it. This edition contains extensive overviews of both the author and the novel.