Disease and Helplessness

  • Posted on: 22 December 2010
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Disease and Helplessness
“The Plague” by A. Camus (a city is reduced to chaos by the bubonic plague - dying with absurdity) (Full text is attached)

“The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Tolstoy (The text is attached) (the doctors can do nothing but their livelihoods depend on the bland denial of certainties)

"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe (this is a short story, not a novel, but it has very deep meaning and shows the type of obsession with death that only Poe can truly capture. Usher, the last descendant of a long line of hypochondriacs, dies a very eerie death which is obviously self-inflicted by the power of his own imagination). (Full text is attached)

"The Mask of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe (nice tie-in with "The Plague," as it sort of touches on the same disease; also shows the uselessness of trying to avoid death - nobody can buy life) (Full text is attached)

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