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The Plague Essay

  • Submitted by: tgolds
  • on March 18, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 529 words

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The great plague was the last major outbreak of the bubonic plague in England. It was last accounted for 1665-1666.
The Great Plague killed an estimated 100,000 people. A fleabite more often then not passed on the plague. The most commonly noted symptom was the appearance of buboes (or gavocciolos) in the groin, the neck and armpits, which oozed pus and bled when opened.

The village of Eyam was the first place to have the plague breakout in the 17th century. They chose to isolate themselves from the rest of the world even though the risk of dying was highly likely. The plague raged in the village for 14 months and it is stated that it killed at least 260 villagers with only 83 villagers surviving out of a population of 350.

One of the most common methods to disinfect one self, especially those who carried the dead, was smoking tobacco. There were many quack cures as so many tried to make money to flee London (an obvious prevention to the plague) people were so desperate that they would try anything. Plague water, lucky/magic charms and wearing toads round your neck.

Miss treatment of women whom were thought to be witches was very common in the 17th century. There are many different ways they tried to prove they were witches but in many cases they died no matter what. They would tie up women that looked a bit like witches and would throw them into water; if they didn't float they were not a ‘witch’. Some women were left to long in the water and would drown. They would be put on a scale and weighed against 2 huge bibles and if they were heavier they were innocent but remember the bibles are huge. Also ‘witches’ would be thrown into water and if they sunk they were innocent but the human body cant sink. They would then be pushed under water and if they didn’t drown they were a ‘witch’ because water rejects evil and if they drowned they were innocent and also dead. Young children would be made to make up stories about the witch, the weirder the better as...

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