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Grand (The Plague)
Transcript of Grand (The Plague)
*True person= Grand
-Ordinary man with ordinary problems but overcomes these problems and reaches Camus's idea of authenticity
-Tarrou was strong to start while Grand grows stronger than he was to start
*Rieux says weak, like Grand, seem to survive through things like plague, but strong, like Tarrou, suffer -"'He's the kind of man who always escapes in such cases'" (Camus 43).
-"'Burn it!'... Rieux was completely baffled by this 'resurrection'" (Camus 264).
-"Just as he was starting up the stairs he added that he'd written to Jeanne and was feeling much happier. Also he'd made a fresh start with his phrase. 'I've cut out all the adjectives'" (Camus 306). "One Fine Morning..." -Wants to write the greatest novel ever written
-Endlessly works on the first sentence
-Feels that this is his purpose
-"One fine morning in the month of May an elegant young horsewoman might have been seen riding a handsome sorrel mare along the flowery avenues of the Bois de Boulogne." The Letter -Wants to write a letter that explains himself
-Expresses to Rieux his inability
-Rieux then feels a need to message his wife Quotes -"'But it's not easy,' he told Rieux. 'I've been thinking it over for years.While we loved each other we didn't need words to make ourselves understood. But people don't love forever. A time came when I should have found the words to keep her with me—only I couldn't'" (Camus 71).
-"Ambition, certainly, was not the spur that activated Joseph Grand... he desired the prospect of a life suitably insured on the material side by honest work..." (Camus 44).
-"...all he had to do was to scale down his needs to his income... an opinion often voiced by our mayor..." (Camus 46). Grand and Jeanne -Married young
-Marriage realized after Grand squeezes her hand
-Worked so hard forgot to love
-Less and less to say
-Jeanne suffers, then leaves Existentialist Authenticity -Decisive
-Self-Governing Quotes -"Grand seemed always to have trouble in finding his words, though he expressed himself in the simplest possible way" (Camus 18).
-"Grand showed an almost finical anxiety over his choice of words" (Camus 30).
-"'You see, doctor, I've been told that a knowledge of Latin gives one a better understanding of the real meanings of French words'" (Camus 32).
-"Rieux had already noticed Grand's trick of professing to quote some turn of speech... and following it up with some such hackneyed expression..." (Camus 42).
-"And lastly- this was the real trouble- Joseph Grand couldn't find his words" (Camus 45). Grand & Authenticity -Indecisive in communication
-Has a purpose but held back by indecision
-The plague increases his sense of purpose
- Self-governing: He tends to live according to culture
*Working vs. Loving -Holding Jeanne's hand to tell her he loved her
*to him, enough
-Uses his skill as a bookkeeper to help during plague
-May have trouble finding words, but not action
*calls doctor during after Cottard's attempted suicide
*Becomes bookkeeper with little thought Works Cited
Camus, Albert. "The Plague." Scribd. Maine060086, n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2012.
Park, James L. "Becoming More Authentic." AUTHENTICITY (Philosophy)-Becoming More Authentic---by James Leonard Park. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2012.