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The Real Plague Although never given permission to kill by supernatural or natural means man has reserved for himself the right to kill other men This self-imposed right has been put into use in our civilizations and countries Whether train of logic is offered or not murder is very difficult to justify As existentialists believe honesty with oneself cannot be compromised in any shape or form Why then does man murder Perhaps man tries to use the excuse of good intentions to escape the responsibility for his actions In Camus The Plague Jean Tarrou dares to go against the idea of men having the right to kill other men He represents a small part of the general public in both the novel and in real life While most of the character development is based on the direct conflict with the physical pestilence Tarrou takes on a more powerful type of plague as well as this corporeal epidemic his goal is not only of combating the plague which physically robs men of life but to suppress the plague which ravages mens hearts specially his own To start a task force one needs people When Rieux and Tarrou converse they discuss who to put into the task force Rieux suggests that maybe Jean should consider using some of the prisoners in the jail to work against the plague After dealing with plague-stricken men all his life Tarrou rejects this proposal Tarrou comments I loathe mens being condemned to death 125 Tarrous reasoning for that not wanting prisoners to be used deviates from the ordinary While many would object to prisoners being sent out to work because they do not deserve to be set free Tarrou has different reasons Because the plague is equal to death Tarrou would want no part in forcing men to take part in He wants volunteers free men124 to confront death not impressed individuals This reveals an important belief of his
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