Study Guide

The Plague Characters

By Albert Camus

Dr. Bernard Rieux

Dr. Bernard Rieux is Mr. Responsible. He goes out day after day in the midst of a deadly...

Jean Tarrou

So Tarrou’s big deal issue is that he’s against the death penalty. Like, really...

Joseph Grand

Grand is lovable and yet incompetent at the same time. He’s well-intentioned, but...

Raymond Rambert

Raymond has a significant change of heart in the midst of the outbreak; he goes from a...

Cottard

To understand Cottard, but we’ve got to delve a little bit into some old philosophy here,...

Father Paneloux

Father Paneloux is the one character to represent organized religion in The Plague, yet he...

The Asthmatic Spaniard

Rieux’s asthmatic patient is arguably the most fascinating, intriguing, and difficult...

M. Othon

M. (Monsieur) Othon is hovering on the border of minor character land, but Jean Tarrou’s...

Dr. Richard

Dr. Richard is clearly trying to be the voice of reason when the plague outbreak begins. While...

Dr. Castel

Let’s be frank; Castel doesn’t do much else in this novel besides talk about serum,...

Mme. Rieux

Mme. (Madame) Rieux is Dr. Rieux’s mother. A kind and gentle woman, she shares a strange...

Dr. Rieux’s Wife

An invalid, Rieux’s wife is sent away to get better health care at the beginning of the...

M. Michel

M. (Monsieur) Michel is the concierge at Rieux’s surgery building. At first he believes the...

Jacques Othon

Jacques is the son of M. Othon. His death is a HUGE DEAL in The Plague, as we discuss in more...

Mme. Othon

Mme. (Madame) Othon is Jacques’s mother and M. Othon’s wife. Tarrou comments that if...

Mercier

Mercier is Dr. Rieux’s acquaintance at the Municipal Office. The doctor calls him with the...

The Prefect

The Prefect is an indecisive man of, well, inaction. Dr. Rieux practically has to beat this guy...

The Cat-Spitting Man

See "Symbols, Imagery, and Allegory" for some discussion on this very odd man and Tarrou's...

The Inspector

This is the police guy who has to look into Cottard’s suicide. Frustrated by the...

The Tobacconist Clerk

The tobacconist clerk is a woman who angers Cottard with her suggestion that a murderer ought to...

Dr. Castel’s Wife

While she and Dr. Castel weren’t exactly passionately in love before the plague, when the...

Jeanne

Jeanne is Grand’s wife; she left him before the outbreak of the plague.

Raymond Rambert’s "Wife"

This is the woman in Paris on whose behalf Raymond tries so many times to escape. While they...

Mme. Loret

Mme. (Madame) Loret is the mother of the plague-stricken chambermaid at Tarrou’s hotel....

The Hotel Manager

The manager of Tarrou’s fancy-shmancy hotel. He is so class-obsessed we decided to write...

Raoul

Raoul is one of Cottard's shady connections who tries to help Rambert escape from Oran.

Garcia

Garcia is one of Cottard's shady connections who tries to help Rambert escape from Oran.

Gonzales

Gonzales is one of Cottard's shady connections who tries to help Rambert escape from Oran.

Marcel and Louis

Marcel and Louis are young brothers and the guards of the Oran town gates who can make...

Marcel and Louis’s Mother

Rambert meets Marcel and Louis's mother when he’s staying at their house and waiting for...

The Elderly Priest

He seems to represent the general opinion of the Church with regards to Father Paneloux. He...

The Younger Deacon

The man whom Dr. Rieux overhears speaking with the elderly priest about Father Paneloux's second...

The Elderly Woman

The woman with whom Father Paneloux moves in once his own residence has been converted to...