Witch Hunt : The Bloody Release Of The Fear

2047 Words May 15th, 2016 9 Pages
Jialin Zhang
English A4
Mr. Dennis
5/14/16
Witch-hunt: the Bloody Release of the Fear
Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, Christianity, and tea, all those things are closely related to Scotland and England. However, like all the other things in the world, England and Scotland are not perfect nor ideal. They also have their own dark and bloody history, and one of the most important part of that history is the origin of witch-hunt, or in other words, the execution of witches. Witchcraft was treated as the craft of wise at the very beginning. Then, as the witchcraft grew stronger, the conflict between the Christian religion and witchcraft finally lead to the bloody witch-hunt; but witch-hunt is not as simple as a conflict between two beliefs, in fact, the cause behind witch-hunt is the characteristic inside us. Witch-hunt represents not only the fear of witchcraft itself, but also the fear of the unknown and the instability.
Most people lived in the witch-hunting period blamed death, accident and other unfortunate things on the witchcraft. The lack of the knowledges to both witchcraft and those unfortunate things made those things become unknown. People were afraid of illness and death, yet the limitation of science made them can’t correctly understand those things. In order to release the fear of the unknown, witchcraft became the scapegoat. One of the examples of blaming witchcraft took place in Scotland. An article from Gale Powersearch stated that Scotland 's witch-hunting was…

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