11 Exile Moments in Albert Camus Novel The Plague

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      We can identify eleven occasions when the theme of exile is expressed in Albert Camus novel The Plague.

Part 1

Foreigners as Exiles:

      Exile 1: The hotel in Oran is a collection site for people like Rambert and Tarrou, who are in the town as foreigners, exile from another place.

Exiled Together:

      Exile 2: When the town gates are shut, its citizens are all exiled together, quarantined from the outside world.

Foreigners as Exiles: Exile 1: The hotel in Oran is a collection site for people like Rambert and Tarrou, who are in the town as foreigners, exile from another place.
The Plague

Part 2

A Long Period of Exile:

      Exile 3: The quotation directly refers to this time of plague as a "long period of exile."

The Psychological State of Exile:

      Exile 4: The psychological state of exile is fully defined by the narrator: it is to live detached from the past - with a "memory that serves no purpose," and devoid of hope for the future. An exile lives like a prisoner only his mind is the prison.

The Feeling of Exile a Desperate Emotion:

      Exile 5: The feeling of exile is such a desperate emotion that some people are willing to risk being shot in an attempt to escape the forced exile imposed upon them by the locked city gates.

Part 3

People of Oran All Exiled Together:

      Exile 6: In Part 3 there is much focus on how at this point, the people of Oran are all exiled together.

The Heightened Experience of Exile:

      Exile 7: The experience of exile is heightened in the plague-ridden town because the townspeople, paranoid about catching the disease, are afraid to get close to each other.

Rambert One of the Mose Exiled Characters:

      Exile 8: Rambert, one of the most exiled characters, realizes that the plague is not just a source of isolation - it has also made him feel more of a member of the town. Now he feels he must stay and fight the: disease.

Typical Behaviour of Exile:

      Exile 9: Those in the quarantine camp display typical behaviour of exiles - they are uninterested in most of everything and their minds are elsewhere, as if on a forced vacation.

The Exile is Over:

      Exile 10: The exile of the townspeople is over when they again have their living, breathing loved ones around them.

Sharing Love, Exile and Suffering:

      Exile 11: At the chronicle's conclusion, Dr. Rieux says that love, exile and suffering were what everyone shared in Oran during the plague.

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