The Plague | Study Guide

Albert Camus

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The Plague | Characters

Character Description
Dr. Bernard Rieux Dr. Bernard Rieux is a doctor in Oran and the narrator of the story. Read More
Jean Tarrou Jean Tarrou is a philosophical visitor to Oran whose notes provide many of the details of Dr. Bernard Rieux's account. Read More
Joseph Grand Joseph is a government clerk struggling with lack of job advancement, a failed marriage, and unsuccessful attempts at writing. Read More
Raymond Rambert A Paris journalist, Raymond Rambert is trapped in the city when the quarantine begins. Read More
Cottard A paranoid, fearful criminal, Cottard finds that the plague improves his life in more ways than one. Read More
Father Paneloux A Jesuit priest, Father Paneloux tries to make sense of the plague in religious terms. Read More
Asthmatic Man A Spaniard with asthma is one of Dr. Rieux's patients and expresses the perspective of Oran's citizens.
Dr. Castel Dr. Castel correctly diagnoses the strange illness as the plague, and later develops the anti-plague serum.
Garcia Garcia is a criminal who puts Rambert in touch with Raoul in efforts to help Rambert escape the quarantined city.
Gonzales Gonzales is a criminal who tries to arrange Rambert's escape.
Jeanne Grand Jeanne is Joseph Grand's wife, to whom he wants to write a letter, but can't find the right words for it.
Louis Louis is a sentry who tries to help Rambert escape.
Marcel Marcel is a sentry who tries to help Rambert escape.
M. Michel M. Michel works in Dr. Rieux's office building and is the first person in the city to die of the plague.
Jacques Othon The son of M. Othon, Jacques Othon dies after he receives a failed anti-plague serum.
M. Othon M. Othon is a judge in the city of Oran.
Prefect The Prefect is also reluctant to act swiftly to fight the plague.
Raoul Raoul is hired to help Rambert escape the city.
Dr. Richard Dr. Richard shows reluctance to acknowledge the illness as the plague and to take any action to fight it.
Mme. Rieux Mme. Rieux, Dr. Rieux's mother, comes to live with him while his sick wife is away.
Mme. Rieux Mme. Rieux, Dr. Rieux's wife, is absent for most of the novel, and dies as the plague finally recedes.
Spitting Man A man who gleefully spits on cats is a representative of the absurd.
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