Death's Role In The Black Death

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As a seemingly dreary atmosphere crept through European towns and cities, local citizens were being, to their dismay, succumbed to a fatal disease they knew little of. The Black Death, in its monstrous form, strangled the life out of every being it came in contact with. It drained its prey of their faith, hope and a perseverance to keep fighting. Having no one to turn to, no one to get a definitive answer or solution from, these victims acted out, and reacted in ways that were outrageous, sensible, and everything in between. As one historian wrote, “…From our perspective, some responses were fruitless, ridiculous or dangerous; other responses were more positive – but all made sense within the context of the time”. With little knowledge on …show more content…
Pointing their fingers at the Jewish people, the majority of the victims fell at peace thinking they solved the problem - all they had to do was evacuate the Jews and their disease will be lifted. Thus, we see that scapegoats became a popular theme during this era. Unfortunately for the Jewish people, their role in the Black Death was prominent as was their death imminent. The stance towards the scape goat is clear when it is stated in the Kelly book as, “The Great Mortality occasioned one of the most vicious outbreaks of anti-Semitic violence in the European history…With fear and unreason everywhere, the Jews, accused of every other sin, were now accused of fomenting the pestilence…The Hews were contaminating the wells because they sought world domination” (232). With the belief that the Jews were the reason why the plague was brought upon the towns, people acted out. As described in the Kelly book, “…A waiting Strasbourg would vent it’s anxiety by killing Jews, nine hundred of them…Paris had no Jews to burn, having banished them all” (176). Many actions were taken towards the exile of

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