Marked Forever like a Curse!

People alienated due to the most recent outbreak.

Ebola Outbreak

Background Knowledge: Ebola is also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, and can cause death in human and animals. It originated from Africa, by the Ebola River in Congo in 1976(About Ebola Virus Disease).There is reason to believe that this disease is animal borne, but the CDC(Center of Disease Control and Prevention) is not positive. From 1976 on Ebola has popped in and out of rural areas around Africa, which was a good thing in a sense because the disease was easier to contain. The most recent out break in March 2014.It starts off like a regular flu, fever, vomiting but then it takes a lethal turn for the worse. This most recent outbreak has claimed a copious amount of lives, and its devastating to know we have yet found a cure for this disease. Since the devastating out break it was stated by 'The Guardian', "Until now, pharmaceutical firms have given Ebola very low priority. Potential drugs and vaccines under development are now being sped into trials"(Ebola Crisis).Many life's have been taken due to this disease.According to BBC News, "Up to 23 November, 5,689 people had been reported as having died from the disease in six countries; Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the United States and Mali "(Ebola: Mapping the Outbreak). It is spread through interaction and human contact such as spit, or a single touch.

Ebola Knocking at Our Doors: Ebola came to America by a man named Thomas Duncan also known as 'the man who brought Ebola to America 'by helping a sick pregnant women in Liberia. No one had prior knowledge to the women having ebola and he ended up contrcting Ebola and became the first American to die from this deadly disease. According to slate , "Duncan had gone from being the victim of a deadly disease to being the wielder of a deadly weapon"(Baden and Moss). This became a controversial issue, that lead many Americans being fearful and taking extra precaution, were the perfect set up for paranoia came to play.

Crucible Relations

In times of fear and crisis we tend to panic and look for an escape plan, or someone to pin the blame on. In the Crucible, during the Salem witch trials fear of being a witch makes many ordinary people play the blame game, because a paranoia sets in. The crucible illustrates how crisis leads to false accusations that can lead to hatred when stating, "Betty: I saw Martha Bellows with the Devil! Abigail: I saw Goody Sibber with the Devil! Putnam: The marshal! I'll call the marshal! Betty: I saw Alice Barrow with the Devil! Abigail: I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil!" (Miller,1049) This has great relation with what happened once people found out Duncan had Ebola. It is stated, "Once this accusation spread, the public, particularly in Dallas, began calling for action—and in fact began literally calling the office of the Dallas district attorney, as if reporting a crime rather than repeating a false allegation leveled against a dying man"(Baden and Moss). This poor man was on his death bed and people are painting him to be a criminal. He was not intentionally catching a deadly disease. He had no hidden agenda, he just helped a pregnant women, and he's being portrayed as a criminal. Another quote relating is, " But witchcraft is ipso facto, on its face and by nature, an invisible crime is it not? The witch and the victim. None other. Now we cannot hope the witch will accuse herself; granted? Therefore, we must rely upon her victims- and they do testify, the children certainly do testify." (Miller,1083) This developed the theme of the Crucible because it shows that they are desperately looking for someone to call a witch and blame. This relates to Thomas Duncan because people were looking at Ebola as an "invisible crime" and they were looking for every possible way to blame it on Mr. Duncan. He was actually perused by Liberia because, "The ambiguity of that “if” was immediately eviscerated by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, who proclaimed, “The fact that he knew and he left the country is unpardonable. … [He] put some Americans in a state of fear, and put them at some risk"(Baden and Moss). The Liberian President was looking for someone to blame because this turned into an outbreak world wide, and she was fearful. The Crucible also plays of the idea of fear by stating, " Believe me, Mr. Nurse, if Rebecca Nurse be tainted, then nothing's left to stop the whole green world from burning. Let you rest upon the justice of the court; the court will send her home, I know it." (Miller,1065) This spreads the fear that no one is safe, especially a decent citizen. A decent citizen is exactly what Thomas Duncan was, helping a ill pregnant women. The depiction's of an ill person with Ebola was horrible. It was stated,"...cast Ebola victims as animals; they are not euthanized, they are “put down”(Baden and Moss). This relates to the crucible because those who were "witches" were commonly hung, or put to death some other way. By presenting that as even an option shows how the hysteria of Ebola has affected people, thinking of euthanizing a person as if his life was not as important as anyone else's.
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Work Cited

- "About Ebola Virus Disease." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 03 Oct. 2014. Web. 05 Dec. 2014.

-Baden Joel, and Moss Candida . "Ebola Patient Thomas Duncan Was Portrayed as a Criminal, Craig Spencer as a Hero." Slate Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

-Boseley, Sarah. "Ebola Crisis - the Guardian Briefing." TheGuardian. N.p., 31 Oct. 2014. Web. 7 Dec. 2014.

- "Ebola: Mapping the Outbreak." BBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2014.

-Miller, Arthur. The Crucible. New York: Viking, 1953. Print.