The Plague

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."