Gradually, the city is infested with rats, people die in vast numbers and, although the medical authorities are in denial, a plague is declared and the city quarantined from the outside world.
Camus draws the analog carefully, and his account is remarkably factual and calmly stated, as in the mouth of the character Tarrou, who confesses that he himself is the plague, and so the two arms of destructive force are brought together in an embrace—plague and mankind.
Cottard lives in the same building as Grand. For modern day people and the people of Oran, ignorance is truly bliss. With a dedicated and indefatigable Dr. Is it only when calamity strikes close to home that we are awakened and moved into action?
Is it not enough to fight suffering in others if it does not directly affect oneself? He is slow to recommend any action to combat the plague for fear of public alarm.
Grand is a neighbor of Cottard, and it is he who calls Rieux for help, when Cottard tries to commit suicide. I can not answer these questions. Oran is a town without any style or originality. This is ironic to me because so many people place high bids and values at antique shop auctions n order to own old-fashioned furniture or clothes; an antique epidemic.
With hundreds dying each day, and with their own fates in question, the citizens of Oran face the prospect of death and the meaning, or lack thereof, of human existence. A few days after preaching this sermon, Paneloux is taken ill. It seems to be a primal defense tactic to protect oneself from the shock of a perceived or actual threat, and to instead cling to optimism at all costs…even to the point of denial.
Choose two passages that were particularly memorable and explain your reasons for selecting each passage.
When a mild hysteria grips the population, the newspapers begin clamoring for action. A religious dilemma is not shirked. Father Paneloux says the following: I doubt Camus meant for there to be definite answers.
However, the novel is an enjoyable read. When the rate of human deaths in Oran starts to cause reason for concern among Rieux and the town doctors, the Prefect needs to choose how to balance alerting the public to the epidemic, while not causing alarm or hysteria.
For the most part, the citizens of Oran continue their dull existence, reacting to rats dying and spurting blood all over their town as if this were commonplace. Are they doing it to help others? He tried but failed to write a letter to her, and he still grieves for his loss.
He chooses to remain silent initially. However, they, like Rieux, ultimately become skeptical and turn to superstition and wild speculation and prophecies. Rambert, who is separated from his wife due to quarantine issues, tries desperately and in vain, to escape Oran and even forms comradeship with smugglers to do this.
A handful of men like Dr. Rambert is eager to return to Paris, for he is newly married. Camus brings out this idea through Dr. After he finishes his time at the isolation camp, where he is sent because his son is infected, he wants to return there because it would make him feel closer to his lost son.
Rieux, who has just sent his wife away to a sanatorium to recuperate from an unrelated illness, meets the journalist Rambert at the station. Gradually they realise that the plague is a collective tragedy and many of them choose to rise above selfish considerations and help fight the epidemic.
Although the numbers of victims continue to rise, there is little immediate response, and life continues as normal. One important theme in The Plague is that of exile and separation. Rieux reflects on the personal tragedies that have affected his friends and himself, in the light of the greater forces of history, plague, and rats.
The authorities of the town are slow to react, and couch official announcements in unrealistically optimistic language. Tarrou states he has already had plague, and by that he means himself as plague.
When the plague epidemic is virtually over, Tarrou becomes one of its last victims but puts up a heroic struggle before dying. Eventually, he loses his mental balance and shoots at random at people on the street, wounding some and killing a dog. He feels uneasy but does not realise the gravity of the situation.
After finishing it I found that it had neither depressed nor uplifted my spirits; it had moved me in a way that was entirely new. What interests him, he tells Rieux, is how to become a saint even though he does not believe in God. Subsequent readings have shown that the magic can never wear off.La Peste = The Plague, Albert Camus The Plague (French: La Peste) is a novel by Albert Camus, published inthat tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran.
It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the human condition.4/5(K).
Re-reading Albert Camus’ The Plague. First published A classic of world literature. Camus was a hero of the intellectual Resistance; a charismatic advocate of radical social and political change. His allegory of the wartime occupation of France reopened a painful chapter in the recent French past but in an indirect and ostensibly political key.
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Albert Camus' vision in The Plague was bleak, but his study in terrorism is also a fable of redemption, finds Marina Warner Sat 26 Apr EDT First published on Sat 26 Apr EDT. Oct 29, · Whether you read The Plague as an analogue to World War II or as a novel of the human condition, it will leave it’s mark on you.
Four stars. Four stars. Reviewed 29 October The story focuses on the outbreak of plague in Oran in the yearas it reaches epidemic proportions. The author traces the crescendo of human emotions from panic to the almost unendurable agony of isolation and death.Download