Explain The Plague as a novel of ideas.  

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Clearly one of the central ideas of this powerful and rather depressing text is that of existentialism and absurdism, which points towards the meaninglessness of life and all that we hold most dear and consider to be intrinsic parts of who we are as humans. This text charts the slow but sure decay of the humanity of the townspeople as the reality of their lives and their crisis situation hits home. Consider the following quote that explores this sense of meaninglessness and also questions their humanity:

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