Objects & Places from The Plague

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Oran - A French port city on the Algerian coast, where the story takes place. It is a very ordinary city-some would even call it ugly-and its citizens are often described as living with too little imagination and too many habits. A massive plague epidemic descends on the city and its gates are locked, imprisoning its citizens and sealing the city off from the outside world.

Rats - These are first inhabitants of Oran to catch the plague. People in the city know something is wrong when thousands of them die every day, so many that a special collection service has to drag away truckloads of them every morning.

Tarrou's Diary - Entries are full of quirky observations that Tarrou keeps while living in Oran. The Narrator uses many of the details to reconstruct the story he tells.

Grand's Manuscript - The writer is so obsessed with...

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