Albert camus the plague

Albert camus the plague

No answer. These men — a laconic doctor, an investigative journalist, a petty official, and a mysterious traveler — seem to share nothing other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Totalitarianism — for which the plague stands as the allegorical representation — gets words wrong. It is midnight. But it doesn't always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away. Meanwhile, his wife is sick with an unrelated illness and is dying alone beyond the borders of the quarantine. Pointless, but imperative; political to a degree, but impatient with politics; moral certainly, but uneasily — and with serious regard to that vastness in nature against which our mortality measures itself, but which we are now killing. He appears to relish the coming of the plague, and Tarrou thinks it is because he finds it easier to live with his own fears now that everyone else is in a state of fear, too. He decides to stay in the city and continue to help fight the plague, saying that he would feel ashamed of himself if he pursued a merely private happiness. It was not midnight. Since his symptoms did not seem to resemble those of the plague, Rieux records his death as a "doubtful case. He does not want even to admit that the disease is the plague, referring instead to a "special type of fever.

It could be only the record of what had to be done, and what assuredly would have to be done again in the never-ending fight against terror and its relentless onslaughts. He does not do it for any grand, religious purpose, like Paneloux Rieux does not believe in Godor as part of a high-minded moral code, like Tarrou.

There was then a real shortage of man-power both for the higher posts and for the rough work.

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By the time he completed the manuscript, the Iron Curtain was lowering over Europe. Albert Camus during a visit to London. It is not long before hundreds are dying each day: funerals are replaced by swift unceremonial burials behind closed cemetery gates. Paneloux joins the team of volunteer workers and preaches another sermon saying that the death of the innocent child is a test of faith. He works hard to make an antiplague serum, but as the epidemic continues, he shows increasing signs of wear and tear. Seventy years later, it remains a bestseller — a work as compelling today as it was at the start of the Cold War, when the defeat of one form of totalitarianism — Nazism — gave way to the equally grim totalitarianism of Communism. The pivotal moment of the story occurs when Rambert, a roaming journalist who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when the city was closed off, is offered an opportunity to escape and he refuses it. What interests him, he tells Rieux, is how to become a saint even though he does not believe in God. The important thing is to prevent it killing off half the population of this town.

He is a seventy-five-year-old Spaniard with a rugged face, who comments on events in Oran that he hears about on the radio and in the newspapers. At the beginning of the novel, Rieux's wife, who has been ill for a year, leaves for a sanatorium. When the plague epidemic is virtually over, Tarrou becomes one of its last victims but puts up a heroic struggle before dying.

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Castel: Dr. The show trials of dissident Communist leaders in Central and East Europe offered the second act to the Moscow show trials of the s. Paneloux joins the team of volunteer workers and preaches another sermon saying that the death of the innocent child is a test of faith. Since his symptoms did not seem to resemble those of the plague, Rieux records his death as a "doubtful case. What is clear, though, is its potential to teach modesty, political and moral, to others. The important thing is to prevent it killing off half the population of this town. Who would you choose to be? But at this same moment, now that once more all ways of escape were sealed against him, he felt his longing for her blaze up again. Pointless, but imperative; political to a degree, but impatient with politics; moral certainly, but uneasily — and with serious regard to that vastness in nature against which our mortality measures itself, but which we are now killing.

He does not want even to admit that the disease is the plague, referring instead to a "special type of fever. Indeed, one's chief impression was that the epidemic had called a retreat after reaching all its objectives; it had, so to speak, achieved its purpose.

And Tarrou, Rieux, and their friends might give one answer or another, but its conclusion was always the same, their certitude that a fight must be put up, in this way or that, and there must be no bowing down.

By the time the sanitary squads help defeat the plague, Tarrou numbers among its victims. Plague was an unwelcome visitant, bound to take its leave one day as unexpectedly as it had come.

the plague albert camus summary

It's a matter of common decency. But Rieux, narrator and participant in the story, documenting his own private worries along with the catastrophe of the spreading plague, has to choose between sticking to his ideas or to accept the evidence he witnesses.

Soon there is violence and looting.

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Finding Humility in Camus’ The Plague