(1,100 words) Placing Reality in Perspective: Guiding Lives. The Stranger and is also recounted in his philosophical essay Reflections on the Guillotine, strongly affected Camus and influenced his lifelong opposition to the death penalty. He was the second child of Lucien Auguste Camus, a military veteran and wine-shipping clerk, and of Catherine Helene (Sintes) Camus, a house-keeper and part-time factory worker. Taken together, those words and actions embody a core set of liberal democratic valuesincluding tolerance, justice, liberty, open-mindedness, respect for personhood, condemnation of violence, and resistance to tyrannythat can be fully approved and acted upon by the modern intellectual engagé. He took particular pride in his work as a dramatist and man of the theatre. Other notable influences include not only the major modern philosophers from the academic curriculumfrom Descartes and Spinoza to Bergsonbut also, and just as importantly, philosophical writers like Stendhal, Melville, Dostoyevsky, and Kafka. In class, they read aloud both versions, and its always interesting, and often very funny, to note how quickly the bombast of the jargon collapses; this exercise often seems to inspire another dramatic improvement, a quantum leap in my students writing. He absorbed the announcement with mixed feelings of gratitude, humility, and amazement. He is often described as an existentialist writer, though he himself disavowed the label. And he has put his finger on a problem that often affects writers and just as frequently stands in the way of clarity: the belief that every noun needs an adjective, that every sentence must be elaborate, that every turn of phrase must be lyrical.
(180) But it seemed the plague had settled in for good at its most virulent, and it took its daily toll of deaths with the punctual zeal of a good civil servant. (Note: Although Camus believed that his father was Alsatian and a first-generation émigré, research by biographer Herbert Lottman indicates that the Camus family was originally from Bordeaux and that the first Camus to leave France for Algeria was actually the authors great-grandfather, who in the. After all, the Camus of the middle 1930s had not yet witnessed and absorbed the shattering spectacle and disillusioning effects of the Spanish Civil War, the rise of Fascism, Hitlerism, and Stalinism, the coming into being of total war and weapons of mass destruction, and. Jenia Geraghty studies William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, showing how Shakespeare's choice of form, structure and language help to shape the play's meaning. There is no salvation, he argues, no transcendence; there is only the enjoyment of consciousness and natural being. For the most part when we read Camus we encounter the plain syntax, simple vocabulary, and biting aphorism typical of modern theatre or noir detective fiction. Uncle Vanya, they are renouncing love and passion and dedicating their entire lives to hard work and self-sacrifice. For many students, this foreign language is one that I have come to think of as paper-ese: the language of the classroom essay, peppered with awkward conjunctions (Thus we see, Furthermore clumsy locutions (it can be observed that, we are made to have) and with words. Ive heard the writer Jo Ann Beard say that an exercise she does with her students is to tell them to open the book or story they are studying, turn to a page at random, put their finger on a sentence, and read the sentence. Lawrence's Women In Love. Of course, an intelligent seven-year-old could point out the problems with this.