Essay on The Plague By Albert Camus

1135 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Good or bad? People all around the world ask themselves this question many times a day. Ethics is defined by Merriam-Webster as “rules of behavior on ideas about what is morally good and bad" (). Every situation is not just going to be simple good or bad; moreover, ethics is like a compass spinning in between the poles of good and bad. Individuals are in control of their own ethics, morals, and values. The way people act when put to the test that makes a difference. Throughout the novel The Plague, Albert Camus describes ethics through the characters and how they react to the situation and events around them.
First, the setting of the novel is in Oran. “Perhaps the easiest way of making a town’s acquaintance is to ascertain how the people in it work, how they love, and how they die/in our little town (is this, one wonders, an effect of climate?) all three are done on much of the same lines, with the same feverish yet causal air/ The truth is that everyone is bored, and devoted himself to cultivating habits” (Campus 4). The narrator sets the atmosphere of a carousel spinning people through life repeating through the generations. For many people, even in today’s world, this is an ethical way of life. Some people’s mentality is to keep everything the same as it has been and that is good without any question.
Next, the narrator went further to say, “think what it must be for a dying man, trapped behind hundreds of walls all sizzling with heat, while the whole population,…

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