The Unforgivable Sin: An Interpretation of Albert Camus' <i>The Fall</i>⋆

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780226776361
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226776385 | DOI:
The Unforgivable Sin: An Interpretation of Albert Camus' The Fall⋆

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This chapter presents a discussion on Albert Camus' The Fall. The Fall is the story of the corrosion of a man's mind. Camus' understanding of laughter recalls Charles Baudelaire's reflections on its satanic character. The steady emphasis on the meaning of responsibility is one of the most remarkable features of The Fall. Camus' hero tells of his instinctive disdain for judges, as if it were presumptuous for men to judge. Critics of The Fall agree with the hero's preconception of his own lucidity and power of insight. The sin against the Holy Ghost emerges as the central theme of The Fall. While in The Plague, Camus accused God of having betrayed the world, the fault now seems to be with the world's insistence, stubborn, desperate, and complacent, to perpetuate hell on earth.

Keywords: Albert Camus; The Fall; responsibility; Charles Baudelaire; judges; Holy Ghost; The Plague; God

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