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This paper will examine "The Plague" by Albert Camus and the movie "Casablanca" directed by Michael Curtiz. This paper will encompass a discussion of both of these works in the context of the theme love. The dictionary definition of love is "A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person with whom one is disposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance." (American Heritage Dictionary) There are many definitions of love and many contexts it can be applied to so if you would think of love as an ambiguous term for purposes of this discussion.
In "The Plague", Albert Camus writes, "All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it's up to us so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences." (Camus) What is writing about does not differ so much from a love triangle as we see in "Casablanca". Love can be seen in "The Plague" in many different examples. For instance love of others (romantic or otherwise), love of state, love of an ideal, or there can be love of self. After careful consideration, although not as apparent as in "Casablanca", love my very well be the theme of Camus' work.
Time father Paneloux says that 'Religion in a time of plague cannot be ordinary religion.' The same goes for morality. ...
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