However, they have no control over the deaths. The fight is ultimately quixotic. The futile attempts by Oranian people are shown throughout the phenomenon that is the plague. Not once do they completely give up hope, even when it seems like the best course of action is to do so. At the end of the story, the plague does seem to vanish, but not because of the people.
Albert Camus' Philosophy in The Plague To know ourselves diseased is half our cure. - Alexander Pope As the title clearly suggests, the novel The Plague is, indeed, a story of disease. On the surface, the novel The Plague, may be an accounting of facts detailing the outbreak of bubonic plague in the town of Oran. But on a deeper level, it is a novel that reveals awareness and acceptance of the limits of human existence. And it is also a reminder of our absurd freedom and the choices we make in life, especially when facing death.
Three methods of controlling carriers involve sanitizing the environment, educating the public on how to prevent exposure, and using prophylactic antibiotics. “O happy posterity, who will not experience such abysmal woe and will look upon our testimony as a fable,” wrote the Florentian Renaissance author Francesco Petrarch to a friend in the midst of the Black Plague (Benedictow 3). Indeed, the Black Plague and its timeless infamy define when life was nasty, brutish, and short. Between 1346 and 1353, the Black Plague cast its dismal shadow over Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Western Asia. The plague also recurred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in huge pandemics in Asia, and continues to be a threat today.
Both novels offer a positive end to the novel in which the main characters change in a positive way as a result of death. Both Sol and Eddie are wasting away their lives during the book, but at the end they both find redemption and salvation through death. Their eyes have opened to the world to a new beginning. For example in Sol's last dream in the novel, his dream tells him to proceed on with his life and do not be fixated on the past.
The events that destroy Job’s property and children seem to be agency limiting by their very nature. To Job, the entire chain of incidents must have appeared as a string of unfortunate coincidences. There was no element of predictability, no chance for Job to prepare for or thwart Satan’s plan. Job was blindsided. His agency was restricted by his limited knowledge of what was happening around him.
Eventually the problem will force its way into the light and someone will have to confront it, because there is no other option. One example is in “Young Goodman Brown.” He wanted absolutely nothing to do with any of the people in his town. Brown no longer participated in any of the Church services, which society revolved around as a Puritan, all he heard was sin. He pulled away from his family and scowled during prayer. He withdrew almost completely from society, and by the time he died, the villagers could put no verse on his headstone because he was so dour.
In his community all the residents are stuck with Sameness running their lives and not knowing that it can change. In this world with Sameness, all the things that make life living for such as love, sceneries, and infinite knowledge are gone and a pointless world with Sameness is left; however, this can be changed if love, color, and knowledge is brought into the world. For many people, their families are the most precious and important things in their lives, now try to imagine this in a community in which love does not exist. The thing is that if love does not exist, then the feeling does not either. Jonas has started his training and now is receiving memories from the Giver regularly.
Jean Tarrou is also used as an example of heroes who get crushed by fate for rebellion. All of the characters, except for Jean Tarrou, cannot be considered heroes because they all do not act in heroic ways. Father Paneloux believes in sainthood and God; he offers no resistance to the plague because he feels it is divinely sent to eliminate the sinners of Oran. Rambert chooses to run and not face the plague, in order to see his “wife”. He is also called out for failing to do his basic duty as a reporter of recording the events of the plague (Camus, 190).
The more he learned, the less he understood; the vast unjustness of life did not line up with anything he had known before and none of it made sense. Ultimately Hamlet realized that there were things beyond understanding which made his initial attempts in rationalizing his father’s death completely futile. Additionally this can be compared in contrast to Shakespeare’s acceptance of his son and father’s death and his eventual ability to move on from
This has been seen all over: the towns become relics and the people become charity cases. When the going gets tough the tough get going; however, those inhabitants who choose to stay rewrite their endings. Edgar Allan Poe’s use of imagery portraying decay in “The Fall of the House of Usher” serves to set up the final fate of the two main characters. Roderick Usher is a victim of circumstance. The House he has known his whole life seems to have turned against him.