|Plot Summary of A Visitation of the Plague|
|"Daniel Defoe (1661-1731) wrote 'A Journal of the Plague Year' in 1722, now considered one of the great early English novels. This Penguin Classic excerpt re-introduces this great work to a new audience, and captures the flavour of the times and events of 1665, the year of the Great Plague of London. Although Defoe was only five years old at the time of the events, it is written as an eye-witness account, and is a gripping observation of the reactions of the Londoners: mass hysteria, flight from the city, and even indifference. This is one of earliest 'historical' novels - so close to the events that it cannot fail to ring true - a true fictional account, so to speak."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Visitation of the Plague|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 17th century
Life of a profession:
- businessman, small
Inside culture (main char)
- story of the poor
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- small businessman
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?
Amount of dialog
- little dialog
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