- Fair for Its Day: Obviously the plague wasn't the fault of foreigners or Catholics, but for Defoe's narrator that seemed like the logical assumption.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The modern audience 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
- Nightmare Fuel: Nearly everything that happens. People are nearly buried alive - at least, those who wake up in time to protest are - houses are filled with bodies and London at the end is left a ghost town.
- Older Than They Think: Modern critics have noticed a distinct similarity between the treatment of plague victims and the 1990s public fear of AIDS.
YMMV / A Journal of the Plague Year