Blame: Ebola's weapon
How a virus made us turn on each other
Thomas Eric Duncan
Duncan contracted Ebola while helping an Ebola stricken pregnant woman to the hospital.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
The hospital where Duncan was treated and where he later died.
Kaci Hickox is a nurse for Doctors Without Borders. She was held against her will in a Newark hospital. She did not have Ebola.
Thomas Eric Duncan
Blame: A person or a definition?
The Crucible is a play about the disintegration of a community over the accusations of witchcraft. In the play we see families torn apart over the testimony of a few adolescent girls. Like with Ebola, there is mention of witchcraft existing elsewhere but there isn't much worry over it until it appears close to home. Mary Warren tells Abigail "the whole country's talkin' witchcraft! They'll be callin' us witches, Abby" (Miller 1034). Mary Warren predicted that the issue of witchcraft would arise and that once it was found to be inside the town, the officials would stop at nothing to end it. We see this pattern carry over to the issue of Ebola in the U.S. Before Ebola came to the United States, the U.S accepted American citizens (mostly doctors) back into the country to be treated at specialized hospitals. The public viewed these men and women as heroes for risking their lives overseas. However, public opinion changed at once when it learned that Ebola was unintentionally brought to the U.S by Thomas Eric Duncan. Public opinion had "a stark and troubling contrast in the way people talked [about him]" (Baden and Moss) and the way they talked about previous American doctors who had risked their lives in Africa. Ebola being in the U.S brought fear and rapid, but not always justified, action. Like in Salem, officials in the U.S promised a speedy end but ended up damaging their own citizens.
Work Cited Page
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