Several centuries ago, many practicing Christians and people of other religions strongly believed that the Devil could give a few people known as witches the power to cause harm to others for their loyalty. In the 1600s, a Reverend’s daughter and niece started having “fits”; they would scream, throw things, make weird noises, and put themselves into strange positions. Claiming that they were being “bewitched” by other townspeople, these young girls caused one of the most controversial court cases ever to be considered: the Salem Witch Trials. Some of the witches were tortured and thrown into jail; they had to pay for their food and many other things. They also had to pay for the chains they were held in; many of them died in these very chains.
(Kent 18). Witchcraft in the Salem Village was caused by a group of young girls that wanted to have fun until the situation got out of hand. The hysteria in the Salem Village was caused by young girls. A couple of young girls in Salem Village began to get strange symptoms tha... ... middle of paper ... ...atient and in late February, Mary Sibley, the aunt of one of the suffering girls, decided to do some harmless white magic to find out the truth. (Kent 20).
The Crucible is based on a true story so the setting is real. Act 1 The Crucible starts out in the bedroom of Betty Parris, the sick daughter of the towns preacher Samuel Parris. The village people began to spread the rumor that witchcraft is the cause of Bettys illness. The Reverend John Hale is sent for by Mr. Parris to find out what is happening, because Hale is a investigator on strange events involving witchcraft. Samuel accuses and questions Abigail Williams, his niece, of dancing and chanting around a fire in the woods with Betty and his slave, Tituba to conjure up evil sprits.
Leading to the Trials against Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne as being the one's responsible to what was occurring to the girls. On March 1, 1692 John Hawthorne and Jonathan Corwin began of examining the three accused women. They asked each one the same questions: Are you a witch? How do you explain what is happening to these girls? The Three maintained her innocence, but eventually Tituba confessed to being a witch and claimed that she, Good, and Osborne had flown through the air on broom sticks and even
In both pieces, the entire plot is based upon the Salem Witch Trials, connecting these together yet again. In both, it all starts with Betty Parris and Abigail becoming sick and then going insane. In I Walk in Dread, the Salem witch trials began when “ Mr. Parris returned from the lecture, their girls were suffering worse than ever. What’s more, Abigail’s and Betty’s eyes have been opened to the Invisible World. Now they can see what torments them: the figures of actual people coming to pinch and hit them”(79).
The different motivations and reasons for witch accusations are exhibited in the fitting the profile of a witch, the belief in the accusers and guilt by association, the actions of the Putnam family, and the disagreements and discourse in the community. The trial of Bridget Bishop shows how people who fit the general profile of a witch can be accused. Karlsen points out that Bridget Bishop had been previously accused of witchcraft in the 1680’s the decade before the trials.1 People who where accused of witchcraft where generally suspected of being witches before they are brought to trial. Because of her prior accusation the idea that Bridget Bishop could be a witch is in the mind of the community. Because of the prior accusation Bishop is a prime candidate to be accused again and a prime suspect whenever witchcraft is suspected in the community.
In 1692, the only reasonable explanation was that specters were hurting them. Specters can be initiated by witches, and that means that there are witches in this village. Before long, more girls from the age of 6-20 were being attacked by specters. People were worried. At last, they concluded that there are witches in their society, and they were strong-willed to find the witches.
They can easily accuse her for something that she didn't do. Mrs. Putnam saw that her daughter accused her, so she decided to accuse her too. It shows that they were just naming people, so that their story ... ... middle of paper ... ...r. Abigail first accused Tituba of witchcraft. Abigail says, "She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer!" (44).
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.
Soon after this event the girls began to experience hysterical type fits. These fits prompted Reverend Samuel Parris, the father of Betty Parris, to call on authorities to find an explanation for the fits. The explanation they found was very simple: witchcraft. As the months went on more girls began to experience the same sort of events. It was only after intense questioning that the girls revealed the names of those afflicting them: Sarah Osborne, Sarah Good... ... middle of paper ... ... arguments and sufficient evidence to back it up.