What is the meaning of the last sentence of The Plague, including the statement,"for the bane and enlightening of men"?
The last sentence of the novel begins with the juxtaposition of the sound of joy "rising from the town" with Rieux's knowledge that their joy will be short-lived. It is a philosophy of despair, one of the tenets of the existentialism Camus is known for, and of the futility of life....
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