The novel that I chose to do this report on was, "ThePlague", by Albert Camus. It is about a plague that hit theEuropean countries in the middle ages. I chose to describethe literary term of parallelism.
Here are some following factsabout the story's plot that involve parallelism through thenovel. The novel begins at Oran where the plague becomesknown. The main character, Dr.
Gernard Rieux, is a doctor.In the beginning of the story he finds a dead rat on the floor.Even in those times rats were not found dead on the middleof the floor. This was unusual, but he threw out the rat andforgot about it. Eventually the dead rats began to pile intolarge masses and burned. Soon after there were somepeople that got very sick, which made Mr.
Rieux verycurious. These reports of these ill people and the death ofthe rats were the beginning of the parallelism for this story.Since Bernard was a doctor he was the first to actuallyattempt to help one of these sick people. Michael was hisfirst patient in this matter.
He was the sickest person that thedoctor had ever seen. Michael was pale white and vomitedoften, he hurt so much from the vomiting that he seemedparalyzed. Mr. Rieux tried to help the man the best that hecould, but he ended up dying. Michael was the first personto die of this illness. After his death, many cases of thisillness were reported widespread.
Again more details ofsickness and death, this is the parallelism for this novel. Asthe reports of sickness and death came to inform Dr. Rieux,he tried to comfort and cure the plagued patients. Aboutninety percent of the people infected had died. He wanted a