Basma Bishay


The purpose of this thesis is to provide a critical reading of Albert Camus’s novels, The Stranger and The Plague, which is consistent with his reflections on the theory of the absurd. Employing this theory as the philosophical foundation for my writing, I set out to scrutinize Camus’s protagonists in terms of their being-in-this-world, particularly in view of the author’s understanding of rebellion. Although Camus’s theory of the absurd seems to cancel out the meaning and value of personal effort, the two novels under examination suggest that a rebellious response to life’s inherent absurdity is not only possible but is a credible response to the human condition. In my study of Camus’s rebellious protagonists, therefore, I also examine the question of ethics in both its personal and social implications.


English & Comparative Literature Department

Degree Name

MA in English & Comparative Literature

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2018

First Advisor

Melaney, William

Committee Member 1

Shoukri, Doris

Committee Member 2

Abdel Nasser, Tahia


65 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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