An analysis of the plague and its effects

As the first millennium gave way to the second, urban life revived, trade and manufacturing flourished, merchant and craft gilds emerged, commercial and financial innovations proliferated e. Jean Tarrou, on the other hand, is intrigued. The townspeople of Oran insist that the rats are surely meaningless, whereas the rats are extremely meaningful.

The Plague

Yet others associate monetary factors with the fourteenth— and fifteenth—century economic doldrums. They held gluttonous banquets, drank, wore extravagant clothing and gambled.

How the Black Death Worked

A bewildering array of estimates for mortality from the plague of —53 is the result. First, Rieux considers Grand's occupation as clerk. Success or failure was equally possible after the Black Death and the game favored adaptability, creativity, nimbleness, opportunism, and foresight.

Leases over time lengthened to ten, twenty, thirty years, or even a lifetime. The reader must here see Grand against the background described earlier.

A man only begins living, according to Camus, when he announces in advance his own death to himself and realizes the consequences.

He merely replied "a secret grief," and refused to look at the officer. But, when the symptoms suddenly vanish — tritely, like the sudden calm before a storm — all concern vanishes and the people breathe, as Camus says ironically, more freely.

Another immediate consequence of the Black Death was dislocation of the demand for goods. Before the Black Death: Garden City, New York: Camus himself loved the sea; when he swam in it, he encountered it nakedly and boldly, in a way virtually impossible to encounter society.

They engaged in wild debauchery to celebrate being alive. Because the nobility in Spanish Catalonia had already tightened control of the peasantry before the Black Death, because underdeveloped commercial agriculture provided the peasantry narrow options, and because the labor—intensive demesne agriculture common elsewhere was largely absent, the Catalan lord through a mix of coercion physical intimidation, exorbitant fees to purchase freedom and concession reduced rents, conversion of servile dues to less humiliating fixed cash payments kept the Catalan peasant in place.

University of Toronto Press, The Economy of the Early Renaissance, — Regional mortality in Languedoc France was forty to fifty percent while sixty to eighty percent of Tuscans Italy perished. In the city, however, the plague concentrated wealth, often substantial family fortunes, in fewer and often younger hands, a circumstance that, when coupled with lower prices for grain, left greater per capita disposable income.

Ironically, Rieux remarks, just such insignificant people often escape plague.

Some Thoughts on Recent Research. The cultivation of the demesne continued, though not on the pre—plague scale. The danse macabre usually shows a procession or dance between the living and the dead.

The reality is like a bad dream — absurd. The Plague, on the other hand, is more satisfying on the literal level because of its specifically placed setting, and, in addition, the literal level has more concern for the human condition than, say, the literal level of Gulliver's Travels. He has considered, speculated, yet returned to his familiar role of the dedicated, commonsense doctor.

Referring once more to Oran's position on the sea, he says that it is humped "snail-wise" on the plateau.

The Plague of Thebes, a Historical Epidemic in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex

The Black Death transformed the structure of demand as well. Europe's population had been hard hit, which had an economic impact. The casual mention here is being heavily underplayed.

How the Black Death Worked

While schools initially had to close for lack of educators, the plague eventually drove growth in higher education. The danse macabre, or dance of death, is an allegorical concept that was expressed in drama, poetry, music and visual art. Here again we see Rieux as quite the opposite of a wily Odysseus hero-type or an undaunted chivalric figure.

He insulated himself from undue risk by never committing too heavily to any individual venture, by dividing cargoes among ships or by insuring them, by never lending money to notoriously uncreditworthy princes, and by remaining as apolitical as he could.The Plague, on the other hand, is more satisfying on the literal level because of its specifically placed setting, and, in addition, the literal level has more concern for the human condition than, say, the literal level of Gulliver's Travels.

The plague that is described in Oedipus Rex could possibly be related to the plague that struck Athens in – bc, the primary source for which is the papers of historian Thucydides (where he refers to an epidemic that has been named the plague of Athens).

The following 5 points support this correlation. Religious Effects from the Black Death Dakota Walters th March 26, Mr. Reschly The Black Plague, or Black Death, ran rampant throughout Europe starting predominantly inafter reaching Europe through Asia by way of trading ships and the Silk Road.

Geneticists are continuing to document the effects of the Black Death on Europe's population today. Analysis has shown that genetic diversity in England is much lower than it was in the eleventh century, perhaps because so many people died in the s.

Geneticists are continuing to document the effects of the Black Death on Europe's population today. Analysis has shown that genetic diversity in England is much lower than it was in the eleventh century, perhaps because so many people died in the s.

The plague had large scale social and economic effects, many of which are recorded in the introduction of the Decameron. People abandoned their friends and family, fled cities, and shut themselves off from the world.

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