Discuss the plague as a metaphor in literature, from A. Artaud's The Theatre and Its Double to Camus' The Plague.
At the base of modern existential literature is the axiom that “existence precedes essence”; that is, humanity defines itself by its actions and is not pre-designed by a “creator.” The plague reference in these two important modern literary documents refers, simplistically, to how humanity combines its actions to produce its definition; the plagues of history serve as a metaphorical model, in these ways:
1. The plague is...
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