Essay on Responses Regarding The Outbreaks Of Plague

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When analyzing the various responses regarding the outbreaks of plague from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, those living in the twelfth century, when the Bubonic plague outbreak was at its height, had either an irrational, rational or a scared and confused mindset. Those who believed in the irrational, had a secure sense of truth associated with the superstitious, while those who believed in the rational followed logical reasoning and those who did not know what to believe had strong fear associated with the plague. Due to a lack of knowledge of the Bubonic plague and expansive death and devastation, many common citizens were distraught, confused, and did not know what to believe and just tried to do the best they could to survive. Those such as Nehemiah Wallington and Heinrich von Staden were just two of many everyday citizen who did not know how the disease worked, terrified and scared because of their lack of knowledge of the deadly disease, and only knew of the consequences in which would be inflicted upon them if they were to become infected with the plague. Nehemiah Wallington shows his concern for his family by stating “And thus would I meditate with myself alone: what if the sickness should come into this house? Who would I be willing to give up to the disease? Then would I say, the maid. Who next? My son John. Who next? My daughter Elizabeth. Who next? Myself(Document 8)” in his diary from 1625. One can imply from this statement that Nehemiah Wallington…

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