A Journal of the Plague Year

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    Defoe 's constant references to God in the journal of the plague year seem to highlight the importance of religion to people in 1664. Instead of keeping with the Christian values of the state, due to fear of the potential of a traumatic experience, the infected people were confined to their home. While Defoe believed the act was unsuccessful at stopping the spread, he believed the “confined the distempered people, who would otherwise have been both very troublesome and very dangerous” were constrained.While the act was introduced with good intentions, it is described by Defoe as a “great subject of discontent” (Journal Of A Plague Year, 369) . In addition, not only did the confinement of people to their house lead to more trauma, but it also was severely ineffective as people would sneak out or figure out ways to get around the law. However, from the point of view of Judith Lewis, one could argue that the shutting up of houses mitigates the extent of the traumatic experience of the victims. Once the truth of the moment is finally recognized, people can begin to recover. Consequently, although the traumatic experiences may have resulted in the dissolution of certain social norms, in some cases even though…

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    Throughout A Journal of the Plague Year, as Defoe explains the troubles of the plague he is reflecting the social ideas of that time period. De La Fontaine wrote the fable The Acorn and the Pumpkin displaying that the story written was meant to teach a lesson for those of that time period. In the fable, a village bumpkin named Garo questions God’ creations. Garo continues to accuse God of making things wrong in the world. “...who found one, gazed at it,/And wondered how so huge of a fruit could…

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    Throughout the evolution of societies, the way people regard women and their roles in the community has changed. Thomas More’s Utopia and Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year focus on the role of women in their respective societies. Even though the novels are written nearly two hundred years apart, both regard women very highly and express their importance to their individual communities. However, over the two centuries that separate the novels, opinions and beliefs were sure to change,…

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    Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine stated that the genetic mutation associated with sickle-cell anemia occurred thousands of years ago and continued to pass down through generations. The mutation holders were less likely to be affected by malaria (Kapes, 2009). More research on the effects of sickle-cell anemia and malaria was conducted by Dr. Allison of the British Medical Journal. He found studies in Northern Rhodesia, an area greatly affected by malaria, that indicated a positive connection…

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    they accidentally wound up in the Americas. The Florentine Codex and Columbus’ Journal were written around 1492. Similar documents were also written continually over the next hundred years. The Spaniards were coming into the lands of the Indians ready to fight for gold and destroy whatever they had to, but the Indians were in no way prepared for a fight because they had no weapons, they were friendly to the Spaniards, and they were dying of disease. The Spanish defeated the Indians because the…

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    unimaginable yet in some ways relatable in modern society. Although the book was first published more than fifty years ago, Borowski's brutally honest, and personal, account of one of the most traumatizing moments in human history is helpful by providing us with insights to aid us in our understanding of traumatizing modern events. Borowski's tales provided insights into the psychology of people during times of trauma through the descriptions of the psychology and actions of people at the…

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    connections: Text-to-Text, Text-to-Self, and Text-to-World—such connections can be made my completing a transactional journal assignment. A transactional journal derived from Louise Rosenblatt’s idea: “Who explained reading as a transactional process that occurs between the text and the reader” (“Transactional Reading Journal,” n.d., p. 1). When reading it is crucial for one to be aware that he or she develops a connection with the text; thus, allowing him or her to comprehend the text, as well…

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    There are many stories about the terrible and horrific plague. A Journal of the Plague of the Year is a story that reflects it. Daniel Defoe was the writer of the story. Also, he experience the plague. Luckily, he didn't get infected with it and therefore was able to write about the incidents caused by it. The story takes place in London, England. The setting itself is very dark and gloomy, and from the story one gets a feeling of creepiness and spookiness. With this story Defoe wanted to create…

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    recovered that traumatic experience of a fourteen-year civil war but also likened it to his experience with the Ebola outbreak. He says, “the memory of the disease will remain…in the human population, it will remain on the landscape. In terms of hunger, in terms of food security, in terms of the lives that are lost to the process. The memory is going to continue.” His memory is important to record because it is a firsthand account to a devastating yet changing moment in Liberian history which…

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    In addition the plague created an increase in the need for higher education and placing a higher importance on how medicine and physical science work together (Edmonds, 2008). The start of medicine can be contributed to epidemic of the plague because during the Middle Ages the focus was more on practical actions, but following the outbreak the creation of “medicine as a science” (Damen, 2015) came into effect in the West. One can only say that Western medicine came about due to the disturbing…

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