Human Reaction to Crisis in Albert Camus’ The Plague
A look at the differences in the characters of the novel, and how they reflect on Camus’ view of the human condition.
`Camus’ The Plague interestingly examines the human reaction to suffering and crisis. Camus explores the way in which human behavior changes when the clouds darken, creating a long-term state of crisis. We find that, though people may become indifferent to the suffering of others and that differences may become polarized, to overcome the crisis the community must work together. Consequently, the shared value of community must be embraced, while those who seek mere individual gain, as Cottard did, must be shunned. `