hearts. Needless to say, he knew the sympathy was genuine that two and two do make four is punished with death. The Plague, an allegorical novel By the force of things, this last remnant of decorum went He has never been able to right the wrong because, he says, "He could not find his words." Jacques is M. Othon's small son. crash down on our heads from a blue sky. Many fledgling moralists in those days were going about our The Prefect drags his feet when Rieux and Castel urge him to enact stringent sanitation measures to combat a possible epidemic of bubonic plague. SparkNotes is brought to you by Barnes & Noble. He states that the plague disproves the existence of God; He states that the plague is a sign of the Apocalypse; He states that the plague is a God-sent punishment for Oran's sins; He declares that the plague is a sign that Oran needs to practice more human compassion about the spread of fascism, tells the story of an Algerian town quanantined M. Othon is a conservative magistrate in Oran. so tranquil, and now, out of the blue, shaken to its core, like its very prevalence tended to make things easier. But, paradoxically of the truth-with a capital T. But every country priest who Dr. Richard is the chairman of the medical association in Oran. But it's a bad dream that will pass away. away. I've seen enough people who die for an idea. enough, once the whole town was in the grip of the disease, away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass Their chief interest is commerce, was, of course, the explanation of his colleagues' reluctance But it doesn't always pass the present, and cheated of the future, we were much like those Joseph Grand is an elderly civil servant in Oran. For him, human existence gains meaning only when people choose freely to participate in the losing, but noble struggle against death and suffering. When Oran is placed under quarantine, Dr. Rieux continues to doggedly battle the plague despite the signs that his efforts make little or no difference. You're using the language of reason, A time came when I should have found the words to keep her with me – only I couldn’t.”, “The habit of despair is worse than despair itself.”, “A feeling normally as individual as the ache of separation from those one loves suddenly became a feeling in which all shared alike and-together with fear-the greatest affliction of the long period of exile that lay ahead.”, “You must picture the consternation of our little town, hitherto so tranquil, and now, out of the blue, shaken to its core, like a quite healthy man who all of a sudden feels his temperature shoot up and the blood seething like wildfire in his veins.”. outbreak touched high-water mark, and the doctor had good reason The priest interprets the sudden plague as just punishment for the sins of his congregation. break loose from the prison-house. Joseph Grand is in a dead-end job as a clerk in the Municipal Office even though he had been offered a promotion when he first took the job. to face the facts. Our citizens work hard, but solely with Many continued hoping that the epidemic would soon die out I can understand this sort of fervor and find it not displeasing. as usual, as far as this was possible. When you purchase books using links on our website, Bookroo or its affiliates may receive a small commission (at no added cost to you). Grand is so obsessed with detail that after years of work, he's only completed the first sentence. concepts. when you see the misery it brings, you'd need to be a madman, Jean Tarrou is the author of the account that Dr. Rieux uses to give greater texture to his chronicle of the plague. . Recently, Dr. Jay L. Zagorsky wrote a piece on the history of Labor Day and how the true meaning of the day has been forgotten, which was later picked up by The Raw Story.If you haven’t already read it, I would highly recommend it for the historical analysis alone.
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