In Salem town there was a massive breakout. It wasn’t a breakout of a disease(some might have said it was), it was a breakout of witches.These witches weren’t really witches though. This event occurred because people had grudges against each other, or they were just too scared to think about what they were really saying and doing. Some of the people might even of had a disease and didn’t know what it was so they blamed it on witches. Their law was that if anyone was a witch they would be thrown in jail and then would have to go to trial.
As said, it is believed that with little to do in the town and strict Puritan beliefs, the girls had a wide variety of things that could have urged them to do this. One girl, Abigail Williams, niece of Reverend Samuel Parris, was one of the main accusers in the event. When Tituba, the slave in the Parris’s household was trying to tell the girls of a fabricated witch story that ended up causing a huge hysteria that never mean to happen. When word got around about witchcraft in the town, people started getting accused. When Abigail realized what an outcome the hysteria uplifted in the town, it became an obsession.
Like the practice of BDSM, the Salem witch trials were not what they seemed to be. The initial perception of what both are does not leave a good impression, but there is an unseen depth to each in their own respects. When people think about the Salem witch trials, they see the myth that people were executed in mass and on a whim for no other reason than the fear of the Devil. However, this is far from the truth. Only a relatively small number of 19 people were executed during the course of the trials; though, it is true that far more... ... middle of paper ... ... that people perceived what was being done as wrong had consequences for those involved.
Salem was mostly made up of Puritans, and many of the town’s laws were based on religion (O’Keefe, 18). For example, it was illegal to not attend church, and men and women could not sit on the same sides during church. Anyone who didn’t have the same beliefs as the rest of the town was considered evil. Salem people blamed anything that went wrong in the town on the devil, evil spirits, and witches: they were suspicious of anyone who was sick, homeless, or different from the rest of the community; the town assumed that these people must be under the influence of the devil. A person accused of working with the devil could be punished by death.
In the summer of 1692, hundreds were arrested in connection to witchcraft . Most of the people who were affected by being accused witches or having connection with Satan were female. Later the Superior Court of Judicature would not allow invisible specters, but only solid evidence. In 1706, Ann Putnam came and apologized for causing the deaths of innocent people. She blamed it on "great delusion of Satan" Only accused one time of being a witch, Mary Warren was forced to sign the devil's book.
Whole congregations would go to the New World together, following their minister to wherever he led them to. Sarah Good was a target of this environment due to the fact that she was not conforming to the everyday life around her which led people to believe something was wrong with her followed by the accusations of performing witchcraft. Unlike other documentations of the trials against those accused, the reader gets to hear a little bit of Sarah Good and what she has to say. In the examination of Sarah Good she states that she is "falsely accused"; the documentation shows the actual conversation that she has and it makes her appear more personable and seeing as how she is claiming innocence, more wrongful charged as well. The defendants' case even more solidified when more examinations are shown in documentation portraying the blamelessness of Sarah Good in that "she never had familiarity att the devell" This raises the question of how Sarah Good can be charged with conspiring with the devil when she has no familiarity of it.
If there was a wind storm and a fence was knocked down, people believed that their neighbors used witchcraft to do it. Everyone from ordinary people to the governor’s wife was accused of witchcraft. Even a pregnant woman and the most perfect puritan woman were accused. No one in the small town was safe. As one can see, the chaotic Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 were caused by superstition, the strict puritan lifestyle, religious beliefs, and hysteria.
The Salem Witch Trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 were killed for this. Eventually, the town admitted the trials were a mistake and repayed the families of those killed in this horrible scenario. Since then, the story of the trials has become crazy with Satanism and injustice, and it continues to baffle the imagination of our generation more than 300 years later. Several centuries ago, many practicing Christians, and those of other religions, had a strong belief that the Devil could give certain people known as witches the power to harm others in return for their loyalty.
Between the years of 1692 and 1693, the Salem Witch Trials took place in colonial Massachusetts. It all started after refugees began ending up there after the French and English war. With all of the extra people, supplies began to dwindle and the people of Salem began to get frustrated. When individuals would lash out on others, it was believed by the Puritans that the Devil was the reason behind their aggressive actions. To make matters worse, there young girls began acting out of the ordinary and interacting with others in a very peculiar manner.
The Salem Witch trials took place in the seventeenth century in Salem, Massachusetts. They were considered to be America's most notorious episode of witchcraft hysteria. As in the McCarthy era, people who were even accused of being witches were persecuted. Many innocent people were killed because of the result of false accusations and many other women were put through many trials to determine if they were witches. Witches were considered outcasts of society.