Oran, peaceful and unprepared, is overcome by Bubonic plague.
Separation, isolation and indigence become the common lot of distinct characters
whose actions, thoughts and feelings constitute a dynamic story of man
imprisoned. Prior to the closing, people went about their business as usual,
almost oblivious to the plague. When Oran was shut off from the world, its
residents had to adapt to the new conditions of life. Men reacted to the
terrible visitation in different ways, according to their beliefs and characters.
I believe their reactions were based on their personality and their experience
during the plague. Each react to the circumstances of the plague in a unique way,
and emerge from the plague with his own new perspective of life and its values.
The residents of Oran are as travelers on a long, straight, boring road.
They came upon the plague as a traveler comes upon an unexpected fork in the
road. Some veer left, some right. A few are unaffected by (or unaware of) the
fork in the road, and proceed straight ahead with their lives with very little
change in habit. These persons lift themselves above the desperation and focus
their actions on the grueling responsibility of making life better for
themselves and others.
The greatest affliction the citizens of Oran suffer when visited by the
plague is not fear but the sense of separation, the loneliness of exile, the
pain of imprisonment. The plague has an affect on most everyone in Oran. Some
become better people, some worse. Grand, Rambert and Paneloux are all markedly
changed afterward. Dr. Rieux and Tarrou are virtually unaffected. Cottard
undergoes but a temporary metamorphosis.
Monsieur Cottard is a criminal hunted by the law. A silent, secretive,
plump little man, he comes to Oran to hide from prosecution. M. Cottard is
basically a man lacking in morals, drive and direction, a, " a traveling
salesman in wines and spirits."
He tries... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(1999, 10). Oran: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 10, 1999, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Oran-Good-Bad-Ugly-3032.html
"Oran: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" StudyMode.com. 10 1999. 10 1999 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Oran-Good-Bad-Ugly-3032.html>.
"Oran: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." StudyMode.com. 10, 1999. Accessed 10, 1999. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Oran-Good-Bad-Ugly-3032.html.