An Absurd Situation in an African Town of Oran in Albert Camus' Novel, The Plague

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When people are faced with tough situations they tend to lose control of their emotions, and let their emotions control their actions. It is in these situations, that people must control their emotions the most so that they can focus on solving the problem. The absurd situation in the small, African town of Oran is an unstoppable plague that strikes the town causing many to die at the hand of nature’s most merciless creation. Albert Camus, in his novel The Plague, demonstrates that life is absurd and meaningless through the random deaths of the towns people and the seemingly unstoppable plague. Doctor Bernard Rieux, in Camus’ novel realizes that the situation is absurd, but he continues to do what needs to be done. Rieux’s job as a doctor …show more content…
When people are faced with tough situations they tend to lose control of their emotions, and let their emotions control their actions. It is in these situations, that people must control their emotions the most so that they can focus on solving the problem. The absurd situation in the small, African town of Oran is an unstoppable plague that strikes the town causing many to die at the hand of nature’s most merciless creation. Albert Camus, in his novel The Plague, demonstrates that life is absurd and meaningless through the random deaths of the towns people and the seemingly unstoppable plague. Doctor Bernard Rieux, in Camus’ novel realizes that the situation is absurd, but he continues to do what needs to be done. Rieux’s job as a doctor is to care for the plague-stricken victims and help relieve their suffering, but no matter what he does, his patients end up dying. To combat his emotions, Rieux embraces an apathetic attitude towards the absurd situation to continue his duty as a doctor. Characteristics such as these define Rieux as the absurd hero. The concept of the absurd hero is used to develop Doctor Rieux in Albert Camus’ The Plague, as he struggles to continue doing what needs to be done while facing the absurdity of his situation. Rieux’s ability to combat his emotions to do what needs to be done defines him as the absurd hero; he is conscious of the absurdity of his predicament, yet “he continues to perform his duty no matter how useless or how insignificant