Analysis Of The Salem Witch Trials Doldrums And Broomsticks

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Doldrums and Broomsticks On January 20th, 1692, a nine-year-old girl, Elizabeth “Betty” Parris, and an eleven-year-old cousin, Abigail Williams, decided to play a game of magic out of boredom. Abigail Williams, niece of the village reverend, was always envious of her cousin “Betty,” and decided to take the game of illusion to the extreme. The mysterious Ouija board, given to her by an indian slave by the name of Tituba, was removed from a secret hiding place, and she began to pretend to call on the Spirit of Death. Suddenly, Abigail and her cousin began to exhibit sudden, strange behaviors. Abigail and “Betty” screamed blasphemous statements, had horrific convulsions, went into motionless catatonic states, and murmured strange conjurations, and, like clockwork, spread the craze of the game to other children in the village. The Salem children began to evoke the same cryptic behaviors in the puritan village. The game of two girls, due to personal resentments and…show more content…
Case techniques involved citizens complaining in opposition to innocent victims, often with no lawyer. Once brought before the magistrates for trial, the hypothetical evidence is assessed by the judges, and a formal trial by jury would follow. Most convicted, at that time, were not emotionally or logically capable of defending oneself against a hysterical witness or strict court. In general, you could say that the afflicted, young girls contributed the evidence, and other people that confessed being a witch justified it. The verdicts, at that time, were not viewed as being unfair, except by those who got convicted. It was believed that Lucifer could “possess” anyone 's soul, but, in 1693, it had been accepted that erroneous procedures and false verifications had been passed down by the courts, but the people of the colony still believed that Lucifer

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