How do you focus on the importance of human nature in reference to the main characters of the novel of The Plague by Albert Camus?

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What is so interesting about the bleak presentation of human nature in this novel is the way in which Camus presents the various characters in this text reacting to their situation. Rieux, the narrator of this text, comments on the impact of the exile and isolation that the plague causes on the inhabitants of this town in the following words:

That sensation of a void within which never left us, that irrational longing to hark back to the past...

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