2. On why The Plague is not an allegory
An outline of Camus’ theory of the novel
The Plague is usually taken to be an allegory of the Nazi occupation of France during the 1940s, and of the French resistance to it. Although there are obvious reasons for this, it would be a mistake to reduce the novel to this point alone – and certainly a mistake to assign this as the sole intent or initial motivation of its author. Besides, in maki…
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