In Albert Camus's The Plague, the people of Oran lack freedom in many ways. Because their city is cut off from the outside world to stop the spread of the plague, the people are not free to come and go as they please. Because the plague can strike down anyone at anytime, they have little control over their fate or that of their loved ones. However, one of the prevailing themes of the novel is how one responds to circumstances that are beyond one's control. The people are still free to choose whether to accept defeat or fight for their lives in any way possible. They can choose to isolate themselves and care only about their own comfort or they can join together to work for the common good.