• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An Introduction to The Great Famine

Extracts from this document...


An Introduction to The Great Famine After a warm, uninterrupted summer, the late summer beckoned, and at the beginning of September, when the potatoes were to be harvested, it became clear that entire crops were diseased and unfit for consumption by either man or animal. Within months the disease had spread and the Irish were in the grip of a dire potato blight, which within months had wiped out three quarters of the entire potato crop in Ireland. It should not be thought that the potato blight was the only reason for the famine, granted it was a primary factor, however when coupled with a huge inflation within the Irish population, and that meant due to this, people had significantly less land to grow and harvest crops, this when coupled with the potato blight made it neigh on impossible to prevent the starvation of an entire country. ...read more.


Demographic Change: During the start of the famine there was no significant political interference, however there was just enough to aid a small majority ( political developments will be explained further on in the document.) The most dramatic consequence of the Great famine was on the population. About one million men, women and children died in Ireland during the years 1845-1850 as a result of starvation and diseases relating to starvation. Furthermore a further one and a half millions Irish emigrated to a variety of countries around the world. The sudden decline in population resulted in a loss of a quarter of the Irish population, according to the census, it went from eight million in 1841 to six million in 1851. These very sudden and abrupt changes had a direct impact on the organisation of the landholdings. ...read more.


" All we want is to get out of Ireland we must be better anywhere but here." This is a quote from a man stricken by poverty and desperate to leave because of the famine. This view was similar in the eyes of millions of Irish people who could put up with no more poverty. About a quarter of the emigration went to England and Scotland were industrialisation were a key factor as it provided many with regular well paid work. This figure still left over a million people who emigrated This cartoon, appearing July 15, 1848, appears to be anonymous. It portrays a poor family in Ireland and a prosperous family living abroad. Notice the strained inclusion of a shovel among the prosperous family, a symbol of labour, it shows classic differences in their lifestyles. The entire caption reads "Here and There; or, Emigration a Remedy." ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Seamus Heaney section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Seamus Heaney essays

  1. Poetry of Violence and Injustice in Irish History

    This marching effect is kept throughout the whole poem. There are rhyming couplets at the end of each line. The effect of this is to make the reader believe that the march is never going to stop. They are always expecting the rhyme to come at the end of each

  2. Explore Heaney's Presentation Of The Irish Conflict In, "Whatever You Say, Say Nothing"

    The reason he cannot be this one person is of his, "sedentary trade". Despite all the anger towards the media in the first section of the poem, a sense of irony is drawn here. The journalists are simply writers, stating their view on events.

  1. Seamus Heaney.

    This serves as his glimpse into places where "there is no reflection," but only the sound of a rhyme, like a bucket, setting "the darkness echoing." This is the final poem in his first volume, and, together with his first poem in that volume, "Digging," acts as a bookend to the collection, utilizing this successful metaphor.

  2. Show how the Writer deals with the social consequences of emigration on the live ...

    Mary is also excited about going to America, she is looking forward to getting married and getting her own house and clothes. But when Mary looks at her mother's sadness and how tired and old she looks, Mary is anxious about not seeing her mother grow old and not being by her side as she dies.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work