Homes are quarantined; corpses and burials are strictly supervised. Before the plague came, he liked to associate with the Spanish dancers and musicians in the city. Yet 'the only picture I carried away with me of that day's proceedings was a picture of the criminal. Albert Camus saw Existentialism as a key to eliminating the problem of indifference toward human suffering from society. He does not think much about events or their consequences, or does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times. He frantically wants the precise words and thinks that learning Latin will make him a better writer. Oran turns its back on nature, on sincerity, and truth; its concern is with the materialistic and the habitual.
He has simply seen something as deadly as plague with epidemic proportions. The final and short scene of the woman dripping with blood, stretching her arms in agony toward Rieux, is another incident to help us see Rieux as a man who is aware of human cries for help. To a pair of French journalists, it's a breaking news story. Tarrou says he is only interested in acquiring peace of mind. Black is white to the people, and Camus' adjectives, in a parallel, often describe something quite the opposite of what is. He wants to do so before the authorities begin to conscript people, and he does not like the official plan to get prisoners to do the work. Rieux considers: none of these people matter, yet such a major tragedy as plague — what possible reason could there be for its singling out Oran? He hopes to tell his story authentically, directing the narrative to our intellect and our imagination rather than to our heart strings.
When a total of some 8,000 dead rats is made public, there is even a demand for some kind of action and an accusation of carelessness is made against the sanitation bureau. The day after he encounters an alleged pimp, Raymond Sintes. He was asking for it. Even the population seem indifferent as they perform their habitual, meaningless gestures. Bernard Rieux is the narrator of The Plague. While being overwhelmed with sickness and a number of dilemmas stemming from it, many societies became weak and eventually fell apart. Usually soft is associated only with pleasant sensations, but here it is used in reverse.
The emergency measures are insufficient. The novel is believed to be based on the cholera epidemic that killed a large percentage of Oran's population in 1849 following French colonization, but the novel is placed in the 1940s. After he left home before 18, his main interest in life was his opposition to the death penalty, which he regarded as state-sponsored murder. Doctors in particular are the first to attempt to combat the disease. Albert Camus: Lyrical and Critical Essays. Tarrou's beliefs about personal and social responsibility are remarkably similar to those of Dr. It is Tarrou who first comes up with the idea of organising teams of volunteers to fight the plague.
They have trouble naming the disease at first, and refuse to accept it for what it is. Masterpieces of World Literature First ed. The only named character who attempts to run away in the story is Rambert. Here also we know in advance the horrible fate in store for the characters, and we watch as the scenes unfold the familiar fate and the agony of, say, Oedipus or Creon. Afterwards, he does not want to be interviewed by the police since he has committed a crime by attempting suicide and fears arrest. Camus' idea of living meaningfully, yet knowing full well that life has no eventual meaning, is a positive-negative contrast.
In the novel The Stranger, written by Albert Camus in 1942, Meursault battles with this very lifestyle. He believes, though, that this is truly not his concern. In the past, he committed a crime that he does not name, so he constantly fears arrest and punishment. Father Paneloux A priest in Oran. The sight of the Oran littered with the carcasses of rats stimulates panic among the citizens and forces the government to order a special force tasked with cremating the rodents. This unfair reasoning can occur in the courtroom when people are put on trial and the judge and the jury must delve into the life of the accused and determine if he is a hazard to society.
Official notices enacting control measures are posted, but the language used is optimistic and downplays the seriousness of the situation. Camus created a commentary on the way humans react to trying situations and circumstances in his fictional city of Oran in North Africa. As an actual Algerian town in North Africa, it functions as an anchor of reality for the reader. As the sense of isolation and hopelessness grow, Dr. This inconsequentiality, however — isn't this, in a broad sense, definitive of Oran? He is relieved, you remember, when Rieux says that he will protect him.
Tarrou simply hates to see human suffering ignored by the masses. He introduces Rambert to Raoul. Camus believed that man was more than just a shell to begin with, that there is some basic worth to a man. Is the man going to insist that definitions and clinical reports be compiled and printed? These details are the gears and wheels of Rieux's project of truth; they are the bits of conversation, street-corner portraits, the city's nerve ends. Rieux continues to doggedly battle the plague despite the signs that his efforts make little or no difference. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the.
The reaction of the residents of Oran vary widely in terms of specifics, but share a commonality of theme: it is the sense of imposed exile from society and the longing for simple human contact with friends and family outside the closed gates that drives every individual response. This perfect situation is not limited to the storybooks. At that point, Tarrou finally is diagnosed, but fails to recover and dies. He urges the congregation not to give up the struggle but to do everything possible to fight the plague. In the relaxingly furnished quarters of a municipal official, amid a background of professional-sounding doctors and their medical jargon, one is far from the bloody pus pockets of the city. Characters come upon knowledge through many different sources from touch to hearing.
His father worked as a foreman at a vineyard earning a minimal salary and also served in the military. He tried but failed to write a letter to her, and he still grieves for his loss. He has considered, speculated, yet returned to his familiar role of the dedicated, commonsense doctor. On one fateful day at the beach, Meursault shoots and kills an Arab, leading to a chain of events that causes his death. They were a French family settling in French Algeria, referred to as Pied Noir. Still, the most interesting aspect of Cottard is his friendship with Tarrou.