Camus: The Fall (Analysis)

The Fall by Camus explores the theme of guilt: the thesis of this philosophical novel in one sentence: we are all responsible for everything.

If the plague was focused on the action, the Fall for its analysis of the theme of inaction and its consequences.

Summary of the Fall by Camus

The Fall is indeed the story of a confession of a man to another in a bar in Amsterdam, in the form of a monologue. Jean-Baptiste Clamence, former Parisian lawyer, recounts the events that changed his life. Before this event, Clamence describes himself as a perfect selfish love of life itself. Until the evening when, returning home, he passes over a bridge which he intends to throw a girl. He did not carry emergency. From that time, guilt inflates to become an obsession. This event sheds new light on its entire existence, when it deems as unnecessary and pretentious: he does it anymore.

Analysis of the Fall by Camus

Through Clamence is humanity that portrays Camus: selfish, or autism, living in the pure entertainment, modern man seems to have lost sight of the concepts of justice and accountability. The injunction of Socrates “The unexamined life is not worth living” could be that of Camus in this novel. Camus says that we must judge ourselves uncompromising with a distancing between me and myself. For one can legitimately make me judge myself.

However, the record is heavy philosophical Camus: whatever our attempts to improve ourselves, we judge, everyone is guilty, nobody will be saved from his conscience. In this, the existentialism of Camus is obvious.

Cite this article as: Tim, "Camus: The Fall (Analysis), April 20, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, April 20, 2012,

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