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.
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MA in English & Comparative Literature
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Abdel Nasser, Tahia
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(2018).Rebellion and the Absurd: Reading the novels of Albert Camus [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Bishay, Basma. Rebellion and the Absurd: Reading the novels of Albert Camus. 2018. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.