The Plague Questions and Answers
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What is the setting of The Plague? What is the city like?

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Dr. Bernard Rieux, the unnamed narrator of the novel, begins his story some time in the 1940s in the city of Oran, Algeria.  The French port on the Mediterranean is a mix of white, brown, and black people, French and Muslim, and sailors from all over.  It is very cosmopolitan and diverse.  It is set up like most colonies: a small white minority controls a vast non-white majority.  So there is racial, religious, and cultural tension.

The story, like many great works, begins mid-April....

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