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THE PLAGUE The Plague by Albert Camus won the author a Nobel Prize for literature and with good reason The story about an outbreak of the bubonic plague in Oran and the isolation Oran is forced into as a result examines the human condition under a unique light Rieux the narrator shows professionalism and character when dealing with the disease He understands his job as not only a doctor but also a human being He struggles with which should come first Many of the characters struggle with their own selves as well Camus allows the reader inside the minds of these characters to witness these struggles first-hand These characters have many different philosophies in dealing with the indifference While Rieux demonstrates modest humanism others use religion fatalism and liberalism to confront their struggles In order to understand Rieuxs humanism one must define humanism It is a mode of thought that the human is in priority The human cannot be forgotten or disgraced The humanist cares for people and shows compassion and understanding Rieux demonstrates this perfectly when talking with Rambert Rambert wants to leave the town Rieux being the professional denies him a pass However the humanistic personality allows him to feel sorry for Rambert He understood his predicament and wanted Rambert to keep him informed of his progress Rambert takes offense to this without knowing that Rieux was in the same if not worse situation During a conversation with Panteloux Rieux states Salvations a much too big word for me I dont aim so high I am concerned with mans health and for me his health comes first This is a humanistic statement and shows his respect for the human During the beginning of the novel Rieux was very professional however toward the end he is more concerned with the people than the disease Unlike Rieux Paneloux uses religion to understand the disease He reacts to the plague through his
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