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Albert camus the plague

Albert Camus' "The Plague"

The novel that I chose to do this report on was, "The Plague", by Albert

Camus. It is about a plague that hit the European countries in the middle ages.

I chose to describe the literary term of parallelism. Here are some following

facts about the story's plot that involve parallelism through the novel.

The novel begins at Oran where the plague becomes known. The main

character, Dr. Gernard Rieux, is a doctor. In the beginning of the story he

finds a dead rat on the floor. Even in those times rats were not found dead on

the middle of the floor. This was unusual, but he threw out the rat and forgot

about it. Eventually the dead rats began to pile into large masses and burned.

Soon after there were some people that got very sick, which made Mr. Rieux very

curious. These reports of these ill people and the death of the rats were the

beginning of the parallelism for this story.

Since Bernard was a doctor he was the first to actually attempt to help

one of these sick people. Michael was his first patient in this matter. He was

the sickest person that the doctor had ever seen. Michael was pale white and

vomited often, he hurt so much from the vomiting that he seemed paralyzed. Mr.

Rieux tried to help the man the best that he could, but he ended up dying.

Michael was the first person to die of this illness. After his death, many

cases of this illness were reported widespread. Again more details of sickness

and death, this is the parallelism for this novel.

As the reports of sickness and death came to inform Dr. Rieux, he tried

to comfort and cure the plagued patients. About ninety percent of the people

infected had died. He wanted a stop to this plague. Quickly he linked the rats

with the people. He knew that the rats began to get sick before the people did.

At this time many people had the plague, except for the Chinese visitors. They

never were infected. As the plot moves on death, sickness and the plague are

still relevant.

He studied their behaviors and everyday tasks and learned that they do

something that was never often done in these middle ages. Not many people in

these days bathed. The doctor began to notice that the people that bathed never

got sick. So he asked all of his, still living patients, to take baths

frequently. This proved to be the miracle cure for the people. The doctor asked

his other fellow doctors to follow the same practice with their patients. The

word was spread and the plague was soon wiped out.

So as you can see, the literary term of parallelism was deemed very

relevant through the ongoing plot. Death, sickness, and the plague epresented

the story's parallelism. Albert Camus made parallelism the main literary term

for this novel, given away by the title, "The Plague."



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