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The Eleventh Plague Literary Analysis

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Think of a North America without electricity, no running water, no government, almost no buildings left intact, and ravaged by a Chinese manufactured plague, even though it’s hard to imagine that's what happened in Jeff Hirsch’s The Eleventh Plague. In Jeff Hirsch’s Eleventh Plague a family made up of the Dad, Mom, Grandfather, and son are trying to survive in a North America ravaged by a Chinese Plague , But then the mom and grandpa die and dad and Stephen are left on their own, but when the dad gets injured running away from some slavers, A Town named Settlers Landing that seems too good to be true takes them in. Then Stephen befriends a girl named Jenny, and when they play a prank that sends Jenny, and when they play a prank that sends the town into chaos. A war is started and it is up to them to help stop it. I thought that The Eleventh Plague was a believable piece of Speculative Fiction because of Hirsch's use of elements of Conflict, Theme, and Red Herrings.

Hirsch helps make his story believable by adding some conflict that some people can relate to, Bullying. On page 105 Will the bully told Stephen “What are you doing here” At first I didn’t realize anyone was talking to me, but then Will’s knee bumped roughly into my side.” and on page 111 “The doors opened again and someone rammed into my shoulder, pitching me forward. I turned around just to see a golden flash of blond and Will’s grinning face.” Will is only bullying Stephen because he comes from a different background than the rest of the people in the town (settlers landing). And I think this makes the story more believable because some people can relate to bullying as a conflict but most of the time not to more intense conflicts like slavers and mercenaries etc.

Hirsch also develops a theme to his story, that you have to be yourself and not try...

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