The Plague | Study Guide

Albert Camus

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the-plague-albert-camusNarrator, Chapter 9hus each of us had to be content to live only for theday, alone under the vast indifference of the sky.Sources: Albert Camus Society, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, IMDbCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.PlagueAllegorically symbolizes the rise of Nazi Germany and its destructive effectsRatsSymbolize the way the plague brings death and suffering randomlyWeatherRepresents the universes indifference to human sufferingSymbolsIsolationThe plague cuts off communication with the rest of the world, leaving individuals isolated.Facing DeathIn coming to terms with dying, people can feel truly alive. FreedomThe freedom found by those confined is a paradox. Human SufferingAs the plague ravages the population, it becomes clear that suffering is universal and inevitable. Main CharactersDr. Bernard RieuxDoctor fighting the plagueFather PanelouxJesuit priest in OranRaymond RambertJournalist from ParisJean TarrouMeticulous notetaker; helps Rieux battle the plagueCottardFearful criminal and smugglerJoseph GrandWriter who can never find the right wordsBorn in Algeria, Camus became a well-known French philosopher and writer, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. Drawing on the events of World War II, The Plague reflects Camuss struggle to find meaning amid the suffering and violence of the world. ALBERT CAMUS 1913–60AuthorThe Plagueby the NumbersRats collected and burned on April 25in the novel6,231Year a film adaptation starring William Hurt as Dr. Bernard Rieux wasreleased1992Europeans who died of the Black Deathin the 1300sPeople who died of the plague in 1947, the year of the novels release~25 Million~22,000Set in the small Algerian town of Oran—isolated by quarantine and ravaged by illnessThe Plague tells the story of Dr. Bernard Rieuxs struggle against the dreaded disease. His efforts provide the lens through which human suffering, love, and alienation can be viewed as both universal and individual conditions. Life in the Battleagainst DeathTHEMESAlbert Camus1947FrenchNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageBook descriptorAllegoryThe Plague

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