History Literature / AJournalOfThePlagueYear

17th Dec '14 10:48:16 PM markok1313
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* TheEndIsNigh: Quite a lot of Doomsayers crop up once the plague is in full swing, although subverted somewhat, Defoe dismisses them on the grounds that they all prophecise a relapse of plague more virulent than ever before and failed to fortell the Fire Of London that wrecked the city only a year after the plague.

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* TheEndIsNigh: Quite a lot of Doomsayers crop up once the plague is in full swing, although subverted somewhat, Defoe dismisses them on the grounds that they all prophecise prophesy a relapse of plague more virulent than ever before and failed to fortell foretell the Fire Of London that wrecked the city only a year after the plague.
5th Jul '12 4:03:11 PM idiopathic
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* PhonyPsychic: Apparently a lot of these sprang up to prey on the fears of the population, much to the author's contempt



* SnakeOilSalesman: Many selling supposedly guaranteed cures and preventatives for the plague, naturally the authro has a dim view of such folk. Although, arguably the only difference between them and the ''actual'' medical professionals of the time is that these guys ''knew'' that their products didn't work

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* SnakeOilSalesman: Many Similar to the PhonyPsychic above, many selling supposedly guaranteed cures and preventatives for the plague, naturally the authro has a dim view of such folk.plague. Although, arguably the only difference between them and the ''actual'' medical professionals of the time is that these guys ''knew'' that their products didn't work
5th Jul '12 3:59:04 PM idiopathic
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* SnakeOilSalesman: Many selling supposedly guaranteed cures and preventatives for the plague, naturally the authro has a dim view of such folk. Although, arguably the only difference between them and the ''actual'' medical professionals of the time is that these guys ''knew'' that their products didn't work
5th Jul '12 3:46:02 PM idiopathic
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* HarsherInHindsight: The modern audience [[ScienceMarchesOn knows]] that essentially everything that the characters in the book pin their hopes on to protect them from the disease is entirely in vain, often with fatal consequences
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* HarsherInHindsight: The modern audience [[ScienceMarchesOn knows]] that essentially everything that the characters in the book pin their hopes on to protect them from the disease is entirely in vain, often with fatal consequences


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* ScienceMarchesOn: Pretty much everything related to medicine and disease in the book has been subsequently disproven
5th Jul '12 3:35:01 PM LordGro
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An [[HistoricalFiction historical novel]] by Daniel Defoe, published in 1722. The book describes the experiences of a man staying in London during the [[TheBlackDeath the Great Plague of London]] in 1665. It's not Defoe's journal (he was a small child at the time), although it might be based on his uncle's.

The narrator describes in vivid detail the sufferings of the people of London during the epidemic, ranging from simply recounting the bills of deaths with ominously rising numbers of fatalities from week to week, to several in depth vignettes about how certain groups or individuals weathered the plague - [[TheDeadHaveNames or otherwise]]. He also includes a more general analysis of the effects of the plague on various institutions such as the Church, trade and the government of the city. There are also a few musings about human nature, piety and some *ahem* [[HarsherInHindsight slightly uncomfortable]] speculation about [[ScienceMarchesOn the nature of the plague itself]]
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!!''A Journal of the Plague Year'' contains the following tropes:
* ApocalypticLog
* BasedOnATrueStory: It's debateble to what extent, which parts (if any) are entirely fictional and which parts (if any) are entirely accurate
* TheBlackDeath: Obviously
* DepopulationBomb: The plague outbreak killed around 100,000 people, which still pales in comparison to the overall death toll from the Black Death
* TheEndIsNigh: Quite a lot of Doomsayers crop up once the plague is in full swing, although subverted somewhat, Defoe dismisses them on the grounds that they all prophecise a relapse of plague more virulent than ever before and failed to fortell the Fire Of London that wrecked the city only a year after the plague.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The author vacillates a bit as to whether he thinks that that plague is natural or divine
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Fearing that they might carry the plague, the city authorities order the destruction of all ''cats and dogs'', the two best animals for tackling the rats whose fleas were really responsible
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