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As flawed people, achieving perfection is an impossible task. Yet, despite this inevitability, individuals strive for perfection only to reveal and witness imperfections. The Puritan lifestyle attempted to achieve this unattainable mission by setting strict morals upon the people of Salem, Massachusetts, however they struggled to do so. Salem faced a major change as a result of the Puritan ambition. Because of their thought on the ideal community as a straitlaced society, those who portrayed an imperfect model were to be isolated. Suspicion flooded the holy Puritan town, and led to accusations of innocent people. After a close analysis, it may be relevant to look at the Puritan belief system as a possible catalyst for the events that occurred during the Salem witch trials.

The Puritans followed a strict belief that emphasized a need for absolute perfection.

They established a highly structured society with rigid laws and rules based on the Bible, which portrayed their strict beliefs. They also viewed any sinful act as seditions against the community and a call from the devil (Saari, 20). To avoid transgression, the church controlled every aspect of one’s daily life. This way, they can follow the laws and regulations more sufficiently and cautiously (Saari, 20-21). “Games, dancing, frequent bathing, physical activities, and social gatherings outside of church” were strictly prohibited (Saari, 21). Anyone who deviated from the rules “immediately aroused suspicion”. (Saari, 21). The suspicion created a fear of being imperfect, which caused the need for perfection. Furthermore, Puritanism mainly believed in the one and only God and accepted the interpretation on predestination. God predetermines who is preordained to eternal lif...

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