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The Plague

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The Plague

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  1. The Plague The black death strikes Europe

  2. The Plague • The Bubonic Plague • Bacterial infection noted by the buboes-painfully swollen lymph nodes – that appear in the groin, armpit or neck. The Bubonic Plague of the 14th century killed an estimate of 25 million people.

  3. Beginnings • Italy 1347 • Merchants traveling by ship • Fleas on rats carried disease • Migrated through Italy, France, England, Germany and most of Europe before its end • Little or no cure documented

  4. Catalysts • Unsanitary living conditions • Crowded, overpopulated cities • Some countries weak for food • Primitive medical treatments • Mass graves and burial

  5. Poor v. Rich • Affected poor more readily than rich • Landowners secluded themselves • “gated” communities • Pope isolated in a “ring of fire” • King Edward • Best-loved daughter died

  6. Reactions • Punishment by God • Flagellants • Tried to imitate suffering of Christ • People flocked to them instead of regular priests and religious outlets • Rivaled the Pope in popularity • Eventually became opposite • Disbanded or killed for treason/heresy • Attacks of the Jewish • Purge of crime and sinful behavior

  7. Flagellants

  8. Reactions • Abandoned home and family • Seized the opportunity • Steal • Lived life fully/immorally

  9. Effects • 30-50% of Europe • Entire population experienced death first hand • Italy (once impoverished) became rich in crop and land • Dark period gave way to Renaissance • Few servants and peasants

  10. “The Masque of the Red Death” • Edgar Allan Poe • Quintessential American author • Troubled life • Appropriate topic • No specific mention of the plague • Red : blood

  11. “The Masque of the Red Death” • Look for • Symbols • Allegorical meaning • Implications of the plague of 14th century • “Poeisms” • Figurative language • Personification • Hyperbole • Metaphor/simile