Plague, Defoe

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Plague, Defoe

  1. 1. 1665-1666Last and worstKilled 70,000+Carried by fleas living onblack ratsFever & chills, swelling oflymph glands, madness,deathDidn’t know what caused itor how to control it
  2. 2. Spread quickly by poorconditionsCross on doors of infectedhousesQuarantined“Bring out your dead!”Mass gravesCharles II fled with family, asdid others well off
  3. 3. 1660-1731Well-educated but a shadybusiness man, bankruptHappily married  47 yearsAdded “De” to appear aristocraticModern realistic novel Incredibly convincing Robinson Crusoe  sold as nonfiction A Journal of the Plague Year
  4. 4. Diary/journal = daily account ofa writer’s experiences andreactions; often providehistorical insightFirst-person narrative =narrator describes ownexperiences, refers to self as “I”Defoe’s book NOT actually ajournal!
  5. 5. FictionWrote in form of a journalbut NOT a journalDefoe was only 4 whenthe Plague happenedUsed official documents,interviews, childhoodmemories to make up theJournal

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