The Plague Essay

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In The Plague by Albert Camus a town called Oran became suddenly taken over by an epidemic “the plague”, killing off thousands of people. One character greatly affected by the plague goes by the name Rambert (A journalist from Paris just doing some research). The plague dramatically changed the way Rambert thought because three types of environmental characteristics that surrounded him: Death, despair and isolation. Therefore, these three characteristics showed the dramatic effects an epidemic can have on not only people, especially Rambert.
Before the plague struck, Ramberts job consisted of gathering interviews learning about “living conditions in the Arab quarter”(83) part of town. Once the plague began the government officials quarantined Oran and rejected citizens the possibility of leaving town. Rambert tries to legally leave Oran deeming “his presence in Oran was purely accidental, he had no connection with the town and no reasons for staying in it; that being so, he surely was entitled to leave.”(84) Rambert tries to make the officials give into his situation, but does not take into account the amount of other people trying to leave Oran as well. His love for his wife and wanting to go home drove Rambert to take the alternative route; escape illegally.
In part two of the book Rambert said “I don’t belong here!”(85) He felt out of place in Oran and began feeling desperate only thinking he was the only person greatly drawn from his wife, raising his voice to Dr. Rieux saying “But you don't care; you never gave a thought to anybody”(87). The reader realizes at this point of the book Ramberts selfish and only worries about himself. He wants to return home and once he found out he can’t, Rambert tries throwing Dr. Rieux under the bus by accusing the doctor of not caring about anybody. Camus shows human beings only think for themselves and what they believe in during desperate times. In which, Rambert didn’t stay his selfish ways, he grew to be a different person than heretofore. It allows the reader to see the effects the plague actually has on people, how it makes them think and act in their life.
Nevertheless, everyday people died in Oran. As people fought against the plague and gave in, there remained little hope that things would improve. And for Rambert his hope came from enlightenment he received from Dr. Rieux during their conversation after finding out Dr. Rieux whose wife patiently waits in a sanitorium “a hundred miles away or so”(163) deals with the same circumstances as himself . Rambert then decides to ask Dr. Rieux if he can work for him in the meantime while finding a way out of Oran....

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