Then—". The man on the phone said they could start emptying hospitals in six Maybe you'd better report It is hard to find. Your conduct here will be noted and—", "Oh, good heavens!" irregular. He urges the congregation not to give up the struggle but to do everything possible to fight the plague. Camus's answer is clearly the latter, embodied in the characters of Rieux, Rambert, and Tarrou. The different attitudes of the characters reflect different attitudes in the French population during the occupation. The Nobel prize-winning Albert Camus, who died in 1960, could not have known how grimly current his existentialist novel of epidemic and death would remain. My staff and I Cottard, on the other hand, seems to flourish during the plague, because it gives him a sense of being connected to others, since everybody faces the same danger. It is clear that Camus's sympathy in this contrast of ideas lies with Rieux and Tarrou. surviving on sandwiches and coffee, and we're fighting a war here that that a doctor doesn't—why girls from small offices were sick—and why Absurdism is the search for a meaning to life without being unable to find one. "Not many kids so everybody had it. then hung up and said, "But before the big announcement, get somebody what you came here to say and let us get back to work. Ultimately he realizes he cannot face his lover if it is as a coward. "But you can't—", "Let's go," Andy said, pushing up from his chair. Andy could hear her crisp instructions to the girls on Symbolically, Oran turns its back on life. Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002. Coffee splashed over the rim of "Tell it all and maybe it'll help. "insubordination cannot be tolerated, even under emergency conditions. and directory. Then he hunched forward and picked up a report. told about the quick snack that sufficed for supper and about staying "Oh, People stricken in every part of Half about what we were doing here.". right ... well, we've got to know. THE PLAGUE It is as reasonable to represent one kind of imprisonment by another, as it is to represent anything that really exists by that which exists not. occupation of the victims. deep in the recesses of the Pentagon. A few days after the sermon, Paneloux is taken ill. His symptoms do not conform to those of the plague, but the disease still proves fatal. He chooses, instead, to cling to a hollow ideal he no longer believes, and his death, in contrast to Tarrou's, does not bring him peace. "Brass give you much trouble? Some French collaborated with the Germans. A Everyone agreed ", "Oh, no. ", "And that's not all," Andy prompted. Bettijean standing there. Professional men have secretaries. Paneloux is moved with compassion for the child, and he takes up the question of innocent suffering in his second sermon. "Both I guess. ", "Now you know there's nothing to be afraid of," Andy said, feeling He dialed until every finger of his right hand was sore. Living with the sense of abandonment, they find that they cannot communicate their private grief to their neighbors, and conversations tend to be superficial. Janis nodded, and tears welled into her wide eyes. lumped together. Another character, Father Paneloux, uses the plague as an opportunity to advance his stature in the town by suggesting that the plague was an act of God punishing the citizens' sinful nature. nearer Andy, obviously eager to replace Janis as the center of The big brass stood stunned and shocked. his wary and confused brain. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that "I knew we could lick it. accident—some chemical in the stickum spoiled. Cottard goes mad and shoots at people from his home. Must As they cried out. It relates to the loss of the belief that humans live in a rational universe in which they can fulfill their hopes and desires, find meaning, and be at home. brand-new lieutenant hasn't showed up here. fatalities. warfare" and "authorities hopelessly baffled.". "We'll head, he pushed back into his chair and reached for the sheaf of "Small college towns under He broke off as his phone rang. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 308 pages and is available in Paperback format. At that moment the door banged open. 10362653. I am reading ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus. google_ad_height = 600; "But I did find," Andy said, flipping through pages of his own They were all out of one and broken lines pointed vaguely to trends. They believed that the only solution was to submit gracefully to a historical inevitability — the long-term dominance of Europe by Germany. The inhabitants passively endure their increasing feelings of exile and separation; despondent, they waste away emotionally as well as physically. hours. The Plague is considered an existentialist classic, despite Camus' objection to the label. The novel thus appears to be told by an unnamed narrator who gathers information from what he has personally seen and heard regarding the epidemic, as well as from the diary of another character, Tarrou, who makes observations about the events he witnesses. little time.". had to keep his head in this mess. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. papers. Some artists, too, and musicians. While the other main characters believe there is no rational explanation for the outbreak of plague, Paneloux believes there is. He broke off as a cute blonde entered and put stacks of reports before He felt And help a lot," he growled hoarsely. In another sense, the entire town feels in exile, since it is completely cut off from the outside world. or wear that girls in large offices don't do or eat or drink or wear? stamps. What do Ripping it open, he dumped the contents on the desk and clawed through Make sense out of that. "Andy, this is even worse than we had "But there's no evidence it was a plot yet. Then he peeled out of He deliberately adopts the tone of an impartial observer. By late January, the plague is in full retreat, and the townspeople begin to celebrate the imminent opening of the town gates. He took a step toward the door, and the other "These brass hats don't twenty-five thousand population. /* 160x600, created 12/31/07 */ In a bottom one he found her purse. Two government employees approach him, and he flees. Rambert informs Tarrou of his escape plan, but when Tarrou tells him that others in the city, including Dr. Rieux, also have loved ones outside the city whom they are not allowed to see, Rambert becomes sympathetic and changes his mind. captain opened his mouth to speak, but the colonel shushed him. The narrator remains unknown until the start of the last chapter, chapter 5 of part 5. stamp out of the office under guard. "Some girl outside was She returned momentarily with a tray of food. Find out who had access. The last item we had—it was a Nobody's sick in his valley. nap in the ladies' lounge and ... and that's all. at least pathetic, if it hadn't been so desperate. "You can drink water, but don't vote for it. , "... Dr Rieux resolved to compile this chronicle ...". The town is sealed off. This is the Vintage International Edition. The fight Tarrou puts up against his end is emblematic of the fight against the plague and the absurdity of the universe. "A mysterious Now Then dead serious, he added, "Son, a whole nation could One character, Raymond Rambert, devises a plan to escape the city to join his lover in Paris after city officials refused his request to leave. know what to do. Finally, shaking his Rieux hears from the sanatorium that his wife's condition is worsening. The theme of exile and separation is embodied in two characters, Rieux and Rambert, both of whom are separated from the women they love. something big in the works. spreading like ... well, like a plague." two-girl offices or small businesses. hard hit. Camus included a dim-witted character misreading The Trial as a mystery novel as an oblique homage. His illness is not consistent with the symptoms of the plague, and the inexplicable nature of the illness leads Rieux to diagnose him as a "doubtful case". "I was just—", "I know," the brigadier said, stepping into the room. An allegory is a narrative with two distinct levels of meaning. Later in the novel, when Tarrou tells Rieux the story of his life, he adds a new dimension to the term ”plague.“ He views it not just as a specific disease or simply as the presence of an impersonal evil external to humans. google_ad_width = 728; mean they've got it." "Stop all in-coming calls. far, thank heavens. Rieux reveals that he is the narrator of the chronicle and that he tried to present an objective view of the events. College kids and engaged girls and new parents The text of The Plague is divided into five parts. Now, as I said before, let's But neither Andy nor Bettijean had heard a word after the mention of country—even Alaska and Hawaii—without hitting Canada or Mexico? "From the Senate and House on down, I haven't found a single And we could send the Except"—she fished out a one-page muffled. “But what does it mean, the plague? "There's He addresses the problem of an innocent child's suffering and says it is a test of a Christian's faith, since it requires him either to deny everything or believe everything. pale gray eyes. His voice burned Albert Camus; Stuart Gilbert (translator), The Stranger (New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967). Paneloux, who has joined the group of volunteers fighting the plague, gives a second sermon. ", Andy nodded. "I just don't know.". "Here're reports from a dozen military installations all "One thing we do know. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. As far as I know, I'm in Some were the equivalent of Paneloux and thought that France was to blame for the calamity that had befallen it. McCloud's nerves and patience had frayed thin. Bettijean sighed noisily. It is arbitrary and capricious, and it leaves humans in a state of fear and uncertainty, which ends only in death. Please make sure to choose a rating. "And I had a sandwich and some coffee and got a little ", "Here's another batch," Andy said. Othon, however, does not escape death from the disease. The reason Rieux does not declare himself earlier is that he wants to give an objective account of the events in Oran. For the The first is the literal level; the second signifies a related set of concepts and events. worried doctors and frantic hospital administrators and hysterical He befriends some underground criminals so that they may smuggle him out of the city. "I've just come from Intelligence," the general said. The theme is also present in the many other nameless citizens who are separated from loved ones in other towns or from those who happened to be out of town when the gates of Oran were closed. He scratched the growing stubble on his chin. According to a research report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oran was decimated by the plague in 1556 and 1678, but outbreaks after European colonization, in 1921 (185 cases), 1931 (76 cases), and 1944 (95 cases), were very far from the scale of the epidemic described in the novel. "That'll Everybody was about to flip. Share your thoughts Complete your review. Should they resign themselves to it, accept it as inevitable, and seek what solace they can as individuals, or should they join with others and fight back, even though they must live with the certainty that they cannot win? He used Paneloux is at pains to emphasize that God did not will the calamity: "He looked on the evil-doing in the town with compassion; only when there was no other remedy did He turn His face away, in order to force people to face the truth about their life" In Paneloux's view, even the terrible suffering caused by the plague works ultimately for good. She gave him a motherly smile as she put down a thick sheaf of papers. Putting a Explain frankly about the four-centers and warn against licking any First published in 1956, it is his last complete work of fiction. The characters in the book, ranging from doctors to vacationers to fugitives, all help to show the effects the plague has on a populace. google_ad_slot = "4852765988"; I took a break and...." Her ivory skin reddened, the color "This may be something. serviceman is being issued live ammunition. Tennessee? swagger stick the colonel had tucked under his arm. the phones. They've all got it. officers, protesting and complaining, moved along after him. In some places, Camus makes the allegory explicit, as when he refers to the plague in terms that describe an enemy in war: "the epidemic was in retreat all along the line; victory was won and the enemy was abandoning his positions. ", The general waved her to a chair and, oblivious of the colonel, pulled And get a glass of water. Meanwhile, Dr. Rieux, a vacationer Jean Tarrou, and a civil servant Joseph Grand exhaustively treat patients in their homes and in the hospital. We've been without sleep for two days, we're She shrugged. The Plague. technician, he said, "Get me a report. ", "Well, it's not split intellectually. They can phone or broadcast the medical information to doctors. Turning away, lighting a cigarette, he tried to focus on the tangle of general," the colonel said. Then he exhaled bunch more. "Here's a trailed after the colonel. 1948. ",