Societal Benefits of the Bubonic Plague

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"By turning the world upside-down, the black death helped pave way for the new" (Giblin 44). There were many names for the Black Death including The Great Pestilence, The Great Plague, The Great Mortality, The Death, and The Black Plague. Genoan ships are thought to have brought the disease from Kaffa (Dunn 26). The bacteria first infected the black rats and transmitted the infection to humans by fleabites (Bagley 100). Once people are infected, they infect others very rapidly. Plague causes fever and a painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes, which is how it gets its name (101). The symptoms of the plague were swelling in the groin of under the armpit, which grew to the size of a small apple or egg, also known as tumors. The tumors spread and then turn into black or purple spots on the arms or thighs (Dunn 22). The well nourished had the best chance of survival but no one was immune. Society came to a stop and people only thought of survival. Victims were sent to special plague hospitals or buildings and sometimes banished. In most towns isolating the sick became an official policy in most towns. One out of every 3 people died from the plague (70). When the death toll reached 30 bodies a day, churches put an end to funeral services and bodies were sent straight to the graveyard for quick burials (40). Although the plague causes chaos, depression, fear, hunger, and most of all a fight for survival, many positives were given to society including the development of the middle class and the correction of over population. The worst part was over by 1352. The first to die were the poor because of there close living quarters. Many poor Europeans that survived the plague became rich (Dunn 76). For the first time the working class enjoyed a higher standard of living. They enjoyed finer clothing such as furs, which were an amenity to only nobles and high-ranking clergymen before the plague (Giblin 42). They were also able to enjoy better food. "The poor moved...
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