The Pilague And Jean Paul Sartre's The Plagit

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Life is a conglomerate of suffering, anguish, and pain. For this reason, every individual desires to find a way to cope with life’s brutal trails, whether that be the duties and chores of mere existence or suffering and pain. Some crave a rational, structured explanation to life while others willingly take the leap of faith into religion to explain the formidable world in which we live. Whether one believes that life has a preordained meaning from the origin of a God or if we are just living matter sitting on a globe spinning in the universe will influence how one lives his or her life. There are different approaches to how to cope with the challenges of life: Albert Camus with influences of Jean Paul Sartre paints an atheist existentialist picture in The Plague, and Kelly Clark with themes of Soren Kierkegaard, in When Faith Is Not Enough, describes the Christian approach to conquering life. Together, both pieces of text, directly and indirectly address these challenges of existence. The people of Oran must find a way to persevere when their city is overcome by the Plague. Jean Tarrou, a man who believes that humanity must stop sitting back when death is occuring, engages with the leaders of Oran and devotes his time to fighting the plague. Tarrou said, “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 253-254). He takes life for what it is: absurd,
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