The aspect of fear is at the heart of this novel, as the residents of Eyam will never be permitted to forget. There resided a woman in this town named Anna, and she had to live through this plague as all of her family and the people she loved were killed by this disease. Because of these happenings, the audience would think she would have changed somehow, she grew more logical and without emotion, she “wished to know how things stood in the world”, and she constantly pondered about the plague and wondered if “the Plague was neither of God nor the Devil” or if it was “simply a thing in Nature”. This just …show more content…
They could not simply “not dwell any more on things in the past” as these things have changed their lives forever, it is “the dark place of [their] new reality”.
During the times of the Plague, there were some that went insane because of who or what they lost, and if said people were to have survived this ordeal, their liberty would not have been for long. Such an example would be Aphra Bont, who had hanged her child, Faith, as a “puppet-like” action, and resulted in “Her madness” having “thinned her down to a wisp”.
Year of Wonders genuinely illustrations to the audience how these people overcame all of these tragedies, but from what the audience can see, these civilians could never be free from what they have witnessed this year of wonders.