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Discuss the plague as a metaphor in literature, from A. Artaud's The Theatre and Its Double to Camus'  The Plague.

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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:

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