Laurie Halse Anderson’s historical fiction story Fever 1793 takes place during the summer of 1793 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the beginning of the yellow fever epidemic but everything is normal for Matilda Cook until her mother gets the fever. The mother and daughter are separated and Matilda must get through many challenges and losses to survive the fever. Anderson uses figurative language and emotions/feelings to show a lesson about caring for others times of need.
Has an ordinary cold ever came out of nowhere and infected you, your friends and your family. This is the case for 14 year old Matilda Cook in Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson but this is not an ordinary cold, it is a raging yellow fever outbreak in the United States capitol Philadelphia (the capitol is later moved to its current location Washington D.C.). Matilda’s personality was altered a great amount over the course of the outbreak for example she started to become a more responsible worker and she was treated and respected more like a grown adult.
Did you know that in 1793, more than 5000 people died from the Yellow Fever in Philadelphia? The book Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a historical fiction about a girl named Matilda trying to survive against yellow fever with Her Mother, Grandfather, and Eliza in Philadelphia. The theme of the book is “Perseverance allows the overcoming of hardships and brings hope to those who persevere.” During the novel Fever 1793, Matilda endured through the entire Yellow Fever epidemic with it having ups and downs that built hope and destroyed it completely, this is a reason that perseverance allows the overcoming of hardships and brings hope to those who persevere. One example is when Mattie was with a child to take care of and is trying
FEVER 1793 During the summer of 1793, Matilda (Mattie) Cook lives in the family coffeehouse in Philadelphia with her mother and grandfather, Eliza and their pet parrot King George. Mattie spends her days dodging chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest coffeehouse Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever begins. In 1793 yellow fever began to grow everyday people started to die mother’s father’s sisters and more.
Your mother is stranded,your town has become a ghost town and pestilence is roaming . In 1793 the state of Philadelphia battled against a deadly enemy,deadly yellow fever . It took the lives of 5,000 citizens . Matilda’s story may have been fiction however for many people this was very real . In the novel “Fever 1793” by Laurie halse Anderson, Matilda finds herself struggling with the fever.
Benjamin Rush was born on December 24, 1745 in Byberry, Pennsylvania. This name may have no significance to you but to me it has a lot. When I was in 5th grade, I had to do a project history and I asked my grandparents if they could tell me anything. My grandparents on my father’s side told me how my uncle Mike lived next to Igor Sakorsky, the man who invented the helicopter.
The son of Benjamin Franklin, William Franklin, was attached to the Loyalist ideas. William Franklin was born in Philadelphia in 1731. William always enjoyed helping his father with experiments of conduction of electricity. William was a very intelligent men, at the age of 21 he earned a master 's degree. The life of the Franklin’s was going well until the American Revolution broke out.
All plagues strike by uprooting individual lives and society as a whole. Nevertheless, the particular circumstances regarding the government, and religious and cultural beliefs in the affected lands influence the specific results of the tragedy, as witnessed through the Black Death and smallpox. Although both diseases led to drastic economic changes, they caused different overturns of religious beliefs, and only the Black Death resulted in the creation of public health services and the marginalization of groups of people. A lack of labor precipitated alterations to the economy--the end of feudalism in the case of the Black Death and the creation of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the case of smallpox.
One of the biggest summer nuisance would be the mosquito, but more specifically the Ades aegypti mosquito. The Aedes aegypti is the vector for yellow fever and the cause of the numerous deaths. In her book The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, The Epidemic the Shaped Our History, Molly Caldwell Crosby presents the idea that the mosquito is not just the only reason an epidemic occurred in the 18th century. This story accounts for the disease that broke out across the world and nearly destroyed almost all of North America’s population, which some believe could have been avoided by simple quarantine analysis and sanitary methods.
Cholera was a feared disease that attacked a range of countries from every part of the world. It brought about a sense of horror due to its horrendous symptoms and relatively high mortality rate. This fear was no less apparent for the inhabitants of Philadelphia especially after reports were written about towns such as Montreal and Quebec. One particular report written by the “Commission” (Samuel Jackson, Chas. D. Meigs, and Richard Harlan) and appointed by the “Sanitary Board of the City Councils” had a purpose of providing information about the cholera epidemic in Canada for the inhabitants of Philadelphia.
During the Revolutionary time period, which takes place from 1764 to 1789, the original Thirteen Colonies were under the rule of the unforgiving authority of the British government. But that all changed when the British tightened their imperial authority on the people of the American colonies. The Thirteen Colonies imposed decrees of authority such as the Townshend act of 1767 and the Sugar Act of 1764, which restricted the Americans to resist and not become part of their system, thus indicated an increase in tension between the two countries. Later on, resulting in the glorious American Revolution (“Overview of the American Revolution”). One of the most heroic people of Revolutionary era was, Thomas Paine.
Where she was accepted to become infected in order to help find a cure for Yellow Fever. There were seven people that were accepted. However, she and all the others were required to stay at the hospital where they could keep an eye on all of them. All seven volunteers were bitten by the infected mosquito, In hope to create an immunity to Yellow Fever.
Literary essay: Fever 1793 The historical fiction book Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson takes place while yellow fever is invading Philadelphia in 1793 and commences widespread panic. Mattie Cook is a girl who lives with her mother and grandfather in a coffeehouse. Her life drastically changes as yellow fever takes over and infects her mother and the people she loves. She faces many obstacles during the cataclysm.
The primary source I chose for my analysis is “A Most Terrible Plague: Giovanni Boccaccio”. This document focuses on the account of how individuals acted when a plague broke out and hundreds of people were dying every day. This source is written by Giovanni Boccaccio as it is a story told by him and friends as they passed the time. Boccaccio discusses how “the plague had broken out some years before in the Levant, and after passing from place to place, and making incredible havoc along the way, had now reached the west.” Readers of this source can assume there wasn’t much cures and medicinal technology weren’t used much during this time as even their physicians stayed away from the sick because once they got close they would also get sick.
The reader knows that all was not right in the city because Jim talks about how they had influxes of pigeons and the drought or heat may have been the cause of the fevers. On page 11 in the first paragraph it talks about Catherine LeMaigre and how she was becoming sick. “It was clear that thirty-three-year-old Catherine LeMaigre was dying, and dying horribly and painfully. Between agonized gasps and groans she muttered that her stomach felt as if it were burning up.