The Plague or The Black Death Essay example

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The Plague, also known as The Black Death, was first recognized in the sixth century during the Byzantine Empire. It later arose during the Late Middle Ages and then again in small amounts in places like Seville and London in the mid-1600s. The plague is carried by fleas which attach to rodents. From a bite of a flea-bitten rodent, a human would now be infected with the disease. Even after all of these years of knowing what the Plague does, we do not have a definite cure. We only have ways to lessen the symptoms by the use of antibiotics and quarantine. The mortality rate is extremely high, about 80%. There are many different variations about the plague’s origins, symptoms, and precautions. I question whether it was the plague that indeed …show more content…

Thucydides also noted that “Those who recovered were congratulated by the others, and in their immediate elation cherished the vain hope that for the future they would be immune to death from any other disease.” They believed since they conquered such a rough and deadly disease, they assumed they could fight off anything. Unlike Thucydides claim on plague symptoms, Procopius says “For there ensued with some a deep coma, with others a violent delirium, and in either case they suffered the characteristic symptoms of the disease. For those who were under the spell of the coma forgot all those who were familiar to them.” It seems that these two diseases may have been different. Thucydides account of what the plague does to you doesn’t mention comas or any sort of dementia. The coma and dementia may have simply been effects of the fever, but Thucydides does not mention. The plague didn’t only affect people directly by sickness. Around the world, word of the plague spread from culture to culture. The children’s poem Ring Around the Rosie, is said to be about the plague. It is thought to have originated in England during the plague of London. The line “Ring around the Rosie” is about the swelling on the infected people’s skin. The Rosie is supposed to have been the reddish color surrounding the swelling, or the rash. The second line “pocket full o’ posies”, correlates with the flowers which were often held to ward off the plague’s smell.

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