Social Disease

Maya Jacobson


As much as humanity likes to believe that is has complete control over the environment, humans are still very much at risk from something so small we can’t even see it.  Viruses and infections can spread so quickly and wipe out huge amounts of the human population before scientists can even begin to understand how the disease works or how to stop it.  The fear of infection and the anxiety over losing control over our surroundings has been examined in many forms of fiction.  This essay focuses on Dracula by Bram Stoker, World War Z by Max Brooks, Who Goes There by John Campbell, and Contagion directed by Steven Soderbergh to look at how societies handle epidemics and the dehumanization of infected persons.




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