Compare & Contrast The Alchemist by Ben Jonson

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1610: The plague, which is a reoccurring problem for congested London, hits especially hard.

Today: The plague, while not completely eradicated, is no longer a major threat to London or other major cities of the world. Today's modern plague continues to be HIV and AIDS.

1610: The New World is being settled with Jamestown colonists preparing to abandon their colony after a particularly difficult period. They are convinced to stay and try again when more colonists arrive.

Today: Those British colonies, whose tenuous survival were once in doubt, have become a major military and economic force, the United States.

1610: Henry Hudson makes another attempt to find a Northwest Passage. Backed by English investors, Hudson succeeds only in entering the strait that will bear his name.

Today: The twentieth-fifth anniversary of the last manned lunar landing is celebrated, and NASA announces that another exploration of the moon is planned.

1610: Shakespeare has...

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