Episode 4: A darkness in men’s hearts
May 13th, 2020 by Pandemic Dialogues
In light of the covid-19 pandemic, Trevor Shelley and Luke Perez of Arizona State University discuss Albert Camus's novel, The Plague. In this episode Luke and Trevor examine the short middle, third part of The Plague, at which point the summer heat and the death toll reaches its climax. They discuss the significance of the style of this terse section, questions on the Oranian decisions of confusing honors in awarding metals, the descent into martial law and a disrespect for law, and the dishonorable treatment of the dead. Finally, they consider the overarching theme of whether freedom—and free will—remain possible under what the narrator refers to as "the despotic rule of the plague," and thus how important conscience may continue to be even for non-religious believers.