As Albert Camus’s The Plague reaches its conclusion, the identity of “the narrator” is finally revealed: “THIS chronicle is drawing to an end, and this seems to be the moment for Dr. Bernard Rieux to confess that he is the narrator.”
Dr. Bernard Rieux is the narrator of Camus’s classic of existential literature. That Rieux does not identify himself as such until the story’s ending, however, does leave the reader a bit of a mystery that might not have been worth considering had Camus not devoted so much effort to drawing one’s attention to that otherwise omniscient third-person character. Early in The Plague, Camus draws his narrator into the story in a way that strongly suggests an individual of considerable technical proficiency and scientific rigor. Note in the following passage from early in the novel the author’s presentation of this element of his narrative:
In any case the narrator (whose identity will be made known in due course) would have little claim to competence...
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