A Journal of the Plague Year

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  • Judith Lewis 'Trauma And Recovery'

    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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  • Women's Role In Utopian Society

    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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  • Survival Of The Sickest Rhetorical Analysis

    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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  • How Did The Spanish Conquer The Indians

    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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  • Similarities Between War And Disease

    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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  • The Epidemic Of The Plague During The Middle Ages

    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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  • Bubonic Plague In The 21st Century Essay

    In the 21st century, people never hear about massive plague outbreaks in the world thanks to modern medicine. However in the 15th century, the bubonic plague was a highly contagious diseases that started out with symptoms of a cold but led to death. With unadvanced medicine, the hundred thousands of people infected could not be treated. Many times over the course of history in Europe and Asia, thousands of people lots their lives in the massive wipe outs that were caused by the bubonic plague.…

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  • Analysis Of Foucault's Chapter Of Panopticism

    Panoptic Society Plague stricken London is in need of order and discipline. The citizens are fearful and they struggle to find an organized solution. Through different accounts of how society reacts to fear, sickness, and the unknown, one can see proof that society needs to embrace the idea of the Panopticon. Foucault’s chapter of Discipline and Punish, “Panopticism”, tells the reader that the most efficient way to survey a person or group of people is through the Panopticon. The Panopticon is…

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  • Synthesis Essay On College English

    was not sure what to expect in my first college English. Teachers from my high school would tell all of their students that in college the papers would be up to 30 pages long and that the professors would grade very hard. English is a subject that I have never been too good at so, coming into college English I was very nervous. I have struggled in the past to perceive the correct tone and organization in my writing. That was my main focus from my first paper, the synthesis essay, to my last…

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  • West African Epic

    Dr. Anciet has spent several years studying ancient West African religion origins and how it is lived out. West African religion is based upon several Gods rather than one. African mythology is based on the supernatural beings who influence human life. Spirits and ancestors also play a large role in West African mythology. African mythology believes the spirits are around and present throughout the earth. The trees, animal or any creation can be identified as a form of higher power and spirit in…

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