The Princess Bride

The Plague – Summary

The Plague is a novel about a plague epidemic in the large Algerian city of Oran. In April, thousands of rats stagger into the open and die. When a mild hysteria grips the population, the newspapers begin clamoring for action. The authorities finally arrange for the daily collection and cremation of the rats. Soon thereafter, …

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The Plague – Part V

Summary The population hesitates to show any hope in response to the declining death rate because they have become cautious during their long confinement. Castels serum proves effective in a number of cases, and all signs point to a waning of the epidemic. However, Othon succumbs to the plague just as hope is strongest. The …

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The Plague – Analysis

The central irony in The Plague lies in Camus treatment of “freedom.” The citizens of Oran become prisoners of the plague when their city falls under total quarantine, but it is questionable whether they were really “free” before the plague. Their lives were strictly regimented by an unconscious enslavement to their habits. Moreover, it is …

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