Albert Camus' The Plague: The Learning Resource

The Plague: Part Four

Part Four of The Plague recounts how the plague impacts the lives of people in Oran during its deepest moments. The crisis requires people to consider their role in creating and contributing to a just society.

There are six stand-alone activities in this section that can help meet Saskatchewan’s English B30 curriculum indicators.

  • Historical Context: A Closer Look at the French Resistance deepens the historical and political context of The Plague.
  • Health Concepts: A Brief History of Vaccines builds on ideas about the scientific method, as well as deepening understanding of the medical science behind the book.
  • Health Concepts: Vaccine Hesitancy and the Law expands on the concept of vaccines, while opening up consideration of how the law balances the needs of the public as a whole with some people’s individual desires.
  • Historical Context: World War II Internment Camps continues building on the historical context of The Plague, while also deepening student concepts of justice.
  • Think Local: Pandemics and Prisons presents another way that society has evolved since The Plague was written, as well as opening up considerations of how students can continue to develop their sense of justice.
  • The Philosophy of Camus: The Death Penalty builds understandings of Camus’ philosophical beliefs that underpin The Plague, while advancing considerations about the uses and limits of violence as a means for achieving change.

With the broader philosophical, historical, health, and literary ideas that shape The Plague established in Parts One through Three, Part Four allows for deeper application of these ideas as they appear in the novel.

Learning Package: Part Four

Part Four in PDF.

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