How The Black Plague Affected Elizabethan Culture

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Introduction The black plague was a terrible crisis throughout the whole world and it affected many people, but it affected mostly the people of Europe. It killed thousands of people just in Europe and across the world as it killed many more. This was a feared disease in Europe because it was really contagious, and came from fleas on rats. The Plague was feared by many people because it was deathly, contagious, and made them feel awful. In Europe, and more specifically in London, during Elizabethan times the plague devastated the city. Many famous people lived during this time period, including Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. The black plague affected many people's lives and culture, but specifically it affected theaters, authors, and different types of writing and plays by making them more depressing during the Elizabethan time period. Closing of Theaters There are many theaters around the world and some of them date back to the Elizabethan times. One of those theaters of that time were the Globe Theater. The Globe Theater is still around today and it is located in London, United Kingdom.…show more content…
First off, theaters that were being built during the Black Plague were required by law to be built outside of the city’s walls. Also, what else was built outside London’s walls? Beside theaters were brothels, prisons, and insane asylums (Bacino, 2010). According to Bacino, “Theaters were usually considered to be disreputable place, dens of inequality, and, some even thought, even the breeding ground for the plague” (Bacino, 2010). This shows the fear that people felt about theaters during the worst of the black plague. Overall, the black plague affected theaters, profits, and Elizabethan times greatly. This was devastating because everyone was economically challenged and they could not afford food so the population suffered a great depletion from the Black
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