Salem Witch Trials Research Paper

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were a dark time in American history. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of witchcraft cases brought before local magistrates in a settlement called Salem, which was a part of the Massachusetts Bay colony in the 17th-century¹. More than 200 women were accused of performing witchcrafts. Those women were tortured and some were killed excruciatingly during the hysteria. The causes of the terrible actions inflicted on those women at that era seem laughable. People in Massachusetts during the 17th century believed in Christianity and feared the devil. They believe that women who perform witchcraft are witches and do the devil’s bidding in which gave them the power to do harm. People started blaming the misfortunes…show more content…
The community of Salem had a heightened sense of fear of the Devil because they believe that the Devil was constantly trying to find ways to infiltrate and destroy Christians and their communities. The community, one day, found strange phenomenon happening to young girls, these girls who played fortune-telling game began to behave strangely. The doctors said there was nothing wrong with their physical body and so people believed these girls were bewitched. Then the bewitched girls started to accuse the outcast of the village, which was Sarah Good, Sarah Osburn and a slave named Tituba. During the examination of the accused, Tituba confessed that Satan had approached her, along with Sarah Good and Sarah Osburn, and they had all agreed to do his bidding as witches¹. This triggers more fear and the hunt for more witches in Salem. In the end, the Salem witch trials happened because of strong beliefs in occults, boredom, and fear combined with a trigger. These causes that were not proven in court, correctly and precisely, affected the lives of those poor souls and ended their fate unjustifiably. The Salem witch trials are unjust. It still puzzled experts and historians till this day for the main reason on how it became such a tragic history that stains the country for
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