The Fairy Trials Essay: The Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials We have all heard fairy tales about witches and wizards. You know, the ones that ride brooms and have that evil laugh! Well, in Salem, Massachusetts, the people there believed in them too. They might not have been the ones that can be seen in the books or popular movies, but they were considered a legitimate threat to the people of Salem. The “witches” of Salem have become a famous part of history, as the trials began in January of 1692. The Salem Witch Trials were some of the darkest times in human history because they caused unjustified hysteria and fear of the unknown; as a result, this caused physical, mental, and emotional harm as well as a great loss of human life. The first claim of witchcraft was William…show more content…
The court of Oyer and Terminer became the court that dealt with the witch trials. Plenty of cases came about dealing with witchcraft; some of which became very well known. The first person that was formally tried was Bridget Bishop. Bridget was accused of bewitching five young girls. People say that her “shape” forced them to do things, and that they saw voodoo dolls in her place where she stayed. The biggest thing that she did that condemned her was the amount of lying she did. Bridget endorsed all of the indictments against her and was formally convicted on June 3rd. Shortly after, on June 10th, she was executed by way of hanging…show more content…
100-200 total people were imprisoned in the last year, and 24 died and 55 were falsely accused of witchcraft. The aftermath of the trials created a type of closure and relief in the town. Only one of the six original accusing girls actually publically apologized, and that was Ann Putnam Jr. She issued a public apology in 1706 saying “she truly felt that the Devil had taken over her.” She apologized for all of the other mistakes that she made as well. Each of the guilty acted in different ways, and some never truly apologized. Reverend Parris was removed from his position in the church and kicked out of the village in 1694. Governor Phips was removed from office: he believed in witchcraft, but knew the accused were innocent. The governor ran the court of Oyer and Terminer, and it was dissolved once he was removed from office. The King forced him back to England where he died of a horrible fever in February of 1695. After the year of 1752, the town of Salem was renamed to “Danvers” in order to leave its past of death and hatred behind. Finally, in 1957, the last of the “witches” names were cleared. The town finally realized their mistakes, and erected a memorial in 1992 in honor of the people who died of witchcraft accusations

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