How is the problem of evil a guiding theme in Camus's The Plague? How does the theme of solitude manifest?

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The plague that strikes the town of Oran in France is the symbol of evil in the novel. Like evil, the bacteria that causes the plague lies dormant until conditions are right for it to do its ugly work of spreading human suffering. Along with American writer Thomas Wolfe, who spoke out against the Nazis after his trip to Germany in 1936, Camus saw fascism's evil as an ancient, primal force buried and waiting for right circumstances to erupt.

Camus's plague is meant to represent the evil, cruelty, and suffering that the Nazi occupation of France brought on the French people. People died, families were torn apart, and the soul of France suffered. Solitude ties into this in the sense that many people in the novel try to isolate and separate themselves from the plague. At first, they ignore it and live in denial. Even after the plague has become undeniable, the bulk of the people try to shut it out by isolating themselves and engaging in escapist activities such as going to the movies. This...

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