Throughout our world’s history there have been thousands if not millions of witch hunt cases around the world. During the Bubonic Plague people blamed witches for what was going on. Then in the early years of the Dark Ages people where convinced of these so called witches and other mythological creatures. At first people where scared to go outside at night because they thought that the witches, would get them. However, when people began to learn how to read, they realized that witchcraft was against what the bible says.
They began when three young girls being the first victims of these horrible crimes to then spreading to almost everyone being accused. The trials destroyed many families and even though when the trails ended and they tried to right their wrongs the town was still not the same. The Salem witch trials were a terrible event in our history. The killing of innocent people over misconceptions and insecurities much like the holocaust was. Even though the holocaust was a bigger event then the trials.
The Salem Incident: In Salem, Massachusetts during 1692 and 1693 a dark and horrible hysteria fell over the town, and seemingly overnight a mass obsession descended upon the citizens they were simply crazy over the idea of witches within their community which, due to a vast and overwhelming amount of fear which changed their behavior (and maybe something more), prompted a major witch hunt in which ninety-two innocent people were wrongly accused and arrested while “nineteen were simply hanged, one was pressed to death, and seventeen died in prison” ("Salem Witchcraft Trials: List of Dead and Death Warrant"). This particular witch hunt, however, seemed fatalistic from the start given how they acquired their evidence for these “so-called” witches (and/or wizards as male witches are so commonly called). The tests enacted were simple enough yet also erratic tests that could have anyone believing that someone, or even themselves were witches. As a result of that it was rather easy to accuse someone of witch-craft if you knew a simple thing about them such as if they had a “witch mark” (“birthmarks, warts, moles, or any outstanding swelling or discoloration of the skin was suspect as being a witch’s mark; even red spo ts, bumps under the tongue or in private parts might be a witch mark” ("Procedures, Courts & Officials of the Salem Trials")). That being said it is understandable at this point how many people were arrested for witch-craft, is it not?
This led the government to make the House of the Un-American Activities Committee, which would seek out communists and stop them from making any attempts of taking over the country. If the committee found anyone guilty of being a communist then they were jailed, or even killed like Ethel and Julius Rosenburg. The paranoia created caused the committee to put hundreds of people on trial that never practice communism at all. The paranoia in The Crucible also led to many terrible events to occur. After Betty and Ruth are struck sick and tired, many conclude that it is due to witchcraft.
Salem witch trials The Salem Witch Trials were a series of harsh, unconstitutional, and even chaotic trials that killed several innocent people and harmed others. There were several reasons different sources have come up with that are said to have cause in the trials and the way they played out. Some of the reasons that cause the trials to go how they went is the weather, religion, and lust. Through out my research over the topic I learned that the judges in charge of the trials let fear and conspiracy control their judgment in the trials and caused several innocent people to die. The fear that a society was going to be taken over and controlled by witchcraft was enough to blur the vision of the higher authorities.
Abortion is one of the strongest enemies to the family as it kills over 1.2 million innocent babies each year as Life Site News reports (Jalsevac). In addition to murdering an innocent child it also psychologically damages the well-being of the mother who partook in the procedure. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry states that women who have had abortions have a 59% increase chance of having suicidal thoughts and an astonishing 280% increase risk of a substance use disorder ("Abortion). Realistically, these statistics can translate into divorce, the mother 's absence from her family and sadly in some cases, her own death. This makes abortion an act that attacks every family member although seemingly only attacking
They pick up the stones that they have been collecting throughout the day and they attack Mrs. Hutchinson until she has been stoned to death. Although many elements of ficti... ... middle of paper ... ...ancient murder weapon, and it can be thought or inferred that the tradition of the village came from ancient times. Along with being a way to murder, being stoned to death is a symbol for community punishment of an outsider, or someone who is different. Therefore, whoever chooses the slip of paper with the black dot immediately becomes the outsider and must be punished. “The Lottery” has many elements involved in it, and all of them shape the story into what it truly is.
During the 1950s, America was involved in the Cold War, and when United States Senator Joseph McCarthy announced that there were communist spies in America, it created mass hysteria among its citizens. This lead to the ruined lives of many innocent Americans. Similar events occurred during the Salem witch trials in 1692. During this time period, it was thought that witches were infiltrating the religious Puritan societies. The suspicion of witchcraft in Salem caused hysteria among the townspeople, which lead to the destruction of many good Christian people and their families.
Even though the events occurred centuries apart, the mass-hysteria and fear aroused in the general populace was equally frightening in both events. Abigail thoroughly had the small town of Salem wrapped around her finger as she and her friends accused those they did not like, mainly women, of being witches and afflicting horrible spells upon them. McCarthy also had the support of his national audience as he condemned communists and rounded up those he suspected of being communists or gay, mainly famous people, liberals or those working in government positions. During the peak of their reigns of terror, they even had their peers accusing each other. This led to at least 19 deaths in the case of the Salem Witch Trials and thousands of ruined reputations, lost jobs and unwarranted jail time for McCarthy 's Red Scare.
Jackson obviously saw examples of this misuse of tradition and ingeniously placed it into an exaggerated situation to let us see how barbaric our actions are. The townspeople, in the story, all come together for the annual lottery; however, in an interesting twist, those participating stone the winner to death. Everyone in the story seems horribly uncivilized yet they can easily be compared to today's society. Perhaps Jackson was suggesting the coldness and lack of compassion the human race can exhibit in situations regarding tradition and values. The People who were stoned to death represented values and good being as the townspeople, who represented society, cold-heartedly destroyed them ( Jackson 79 ).