Essay on The Bubonic Plague: The Black Death

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The Bubonic Plague, was a natural form of population control. Before the plague, life in
Europe was getting worse by the day. Europe was severely overpopulated and in a great economic depression. Most of the land that could be farmed on had been abused. This made it difficult to grow food. Overpopulation is the condition of having a population so dense as to cause environmental deterioration, and an impaired quality of life. There was a great rift between the social classes. The poor were treated very badly before the plague. The rich always managed to have enough food, while the poor didn't. After the plague, things changed. The rich and the poor were both dying of this terrible disease.
The social classes that survived the
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The plague thus broke the stronghold the church had over the people.
      A lot of people thought that God was punishing the people. People were left alone and in fear to live life without a powerful God. Religion was affected and a new period of philosophical questioning laid ahead.
     My reaction to the Black Death is that humanity was changed forever. I agree that the Black Death is one of the worst tragedies of all time, but I believe that it may have also been an act from God. Extreme overcrowding was common in Europe at this time. People were also living in filthy and unsanitary living conditions. These conditions were perfect conditions for the plague to spread. Fleas and body lice were universal. One more bite did not cause alarm, until they found out that they may have been bitten with the plague.
     The fallen population gave the land a chance to heal. People were overworking the land, because there was not enough food to feed all of the people in Europe. The plague cut the population short which helped feed the people who were starving. I feel that it is a shame that people lived in these

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