The infamous Salem witch trials began in the Salem village of Massachusetts in 1692, when a group of young women claimed to be possessed by the devil thus setting a spark of other local women accusing each other of practicing witch craft. Even though none of these were said to be true, however those that were accused were usually either trialed or hanged in front of the fearful townsmen. As a result of these accusations on fellow townsmen over 150 people died from the Salem Witch Trials. The practice of witchcraft was commonly believed in the English colonies, the people of Salem Village was very edgy and fearful of death. They were afraid of death by starvation, death by exposure, and death by savages, due to these paranoia it led to the paranoia
That same night before Mr. Hale came, Mary Warren had come back to the house upset and John Proctor was mad at her for not being in the house. This is when Mary cried out about the mentioning of Goody Proctor (Elizabeth) by Abigail. The people had come to get Elizabeth that night to face the court in the morning. She was accused because Abigail was stabbed by what they assume her spirit because of what Abigail confessed. The girls once again panicked in the court causing an uproar believing that devil was among them.
Then Abigail confessed that she have seen the devil communicating with other town folks and then Betty start naming people that may be involve in witchcraft, which really made the whole town go crazy. While the witch trails and accusations were happening, Eliza... ... middle of paper ... ... as Mrs. Proctor. It got to the point to where Abigail turn into witchcraft to get what she want. So therefore, John’s first downfall is his lust and having an affair with Abigail that fueled Abigail’s motivation to destroy his marriage and make John marry her. The second downfall of John is pride, toward to the end when Mary, his servant, for being a witch, falsely accused him.
Corey was sentenced to peine forte etdure, hard and forced punishment, and condemned to death. Although the extreme Salvationists were a part of the hysteria that was the Salem witch trials, the result was caused by a greed for more land ownership. In the winter of 1692 Betty Parris, daughter of the newly appointed minister started having Epileptic Fits, starting the hysteria that soon to follow with the other girls. Soon after the local town girls began to all show the same symptoms of flailing, screaming and screaming out strange sounds. Many of the locals associated this bizarre behavior with witch craft.
“James Kettle was also willing to stand and testify against Elizabeth and stated, ‘the last of May, having some discourse with Elizabeth Hubbard, I found her to speak several untruths” (Hill, sec. 20). Elizabeth was also bad for when she would accuse someone she would accuse them in the same way saying “I saw the apprehension of… who did most grievously afflict me by pinching and pricking me” (Nichols par. 4). Through the trials, Elizabeth and the other girls had accused many of witchcraft, and by June 16, 1692 nineteen more people had been hung (Mills).
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 girls involved in this were Abigail Williams, Betty Parris, Mary Warren, Ruth Putnam, and a few others. Tituba, Reverend Parris’s slave from Barbados was also with them. All of the girls involved were caught by Reverend Samuel Parris, the minister of Salem. When Reverend Parris catches the girls dancing in the woods, his daughter Betty Parris becomes ill. Abigail Williams, Parris’s niece, is questioned by Parris on what they were doing in the woods. Abigail eventually admits that they were only dancing in the woods.
In the play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, a gruesome true story is told of witchcraft, abundant with self-preservation, a need to justify one’s fears, and the inconceivable power of a simple lie told by a teenage girl. This story commences with Reverend Parris interrogating his niece Abigail concerning her and a group of girls dancing and chanting in the woods naked around a large pot, with a slave named Tituba. Nearing the end of the dancing, when the girls were discovered, his
In the beginning of 1692 a small girl by the name of Betty Parris, fell sick in a Puritanism colony. When the doctor examined her she had contortions, outburst of gibberish and seizures. These symptoms mystified the other villagers. Other girls soon demonstrated these same symptoms causing the doctor to believe witchcraft was in the cause of these girls sickness. This verdict triggered an investigation that took 25 lives and more than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft; prisons filled with wrongly accused people, and concerned the people of the community of Salem, Massachusetts.
It all happened in one year. It started when two young girls seemed sick, but were making awkward sounds and outstanding body movements. A doctor came in a mentioned witchcraft, which set in five more girls who declared they were touched by the devil and were being practiced on. The seven girls accused many people of witchcraft, but the very first ones were, Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborn (The Witchcraft Trials: A Commentary). Tituba admitted she was indeed a witch, and confessed to everyone that her, along with four others were worshipers of the devil.