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Leandro Tane dos Santos EN 210 Freshman Literature Bowers October 11 2000 The Plague Father Paneloux gives two sermons throughout the novel The Plague Many people lose their faith due to their struggles with the terrible plague Paneloux speaks about the plague and why it is happening Father Panelouxs faith is tested just like the citizens of Oran throughout the novel In Panelouxs first sermon He feels that the plague was sent from God because the people in Oran had not repented for their sins Calamity has come on you my brethren and you my brethren you deserved it 94 Father Paneloux is saying this because he feels that the plague has come as a result of the peoples sins He feels that they deserved everything they got Father Paneloux believes that Lucifer has his spear in his hand pointing it at peoples houses sending the plague into their house where the plague will be awaiting their return home Father Paneloux believes that the people of Oran are being punished because they didnt spend enough time with God at church He believes that they are being punished just like Cain from the Old Testament He believes that the plague which is killing many also is trying to lead the people towards the right path In Father Panelouxs second sermon he says My brothers a time of testing has come for us all we must believe everything or deny everything And who among you I ask would dare to deny everything224 He believes that the plague is a test of faith He wants the people to still believe in God Through all that he has been through Paneloux has not lost his faith Since it was Gods will we too should will it225 Paneloux believes that if the plague is Gods will then it should also be the will of the people of Oran This shows how is faith is getting stronger and stronger
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