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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials took place in the summer and into the fall of the year 1692, and during this dark time of American history, over 200 people had been accused of witchcraft and put in jail. Twenty of these accused were executed; nineteen of them were found guilty and were put to death by hanging. One refused to plead guilty, so the villagers tortured him by pressing him with large stones until he died. The Salem Witch Trials was an infamous, scary time period in American history that exhibited the amount of fear people had of the devil and the supernatural; the people of this time period accused, arrested, and executed many innocent people because of this fear, and there are several theories as to why the trials happened (Brooks). …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the salem witch trials was an infamous, scary time period in american history that exhibited the amount of fear people had of the devil.
  • Narrates how samuel parris, a successful merchant and planter, was invited to preach in salem village in 1688. his daughter, betty, became bizarrely ill and the villagers began talking about witchcraft.
  • Explains that suspicions of witchcraft came to salem when betty parris' behavior was reflective of the woman in the book. samuel called a doctor to analyze the girls for illnesses, but the doctor couldn't find anything wrong with them. tituba, sara good, and sarah osborn were arrested.
  • Explains that tituba, sarah good, and sara osborn were the first three to be accused of witchcraft. the putnams brought their complaint against the three women to county magistrates jonathan corwin and john hathorne.
  • Explains that the examinations were arranged in the meeting house (linder) (brooks). the afflicted young girls gave descriptions of being attacked and tormented by the apparitions of tituba, good, and osborn.
  • Analyzes how the magistrates, in the common practice of the time, asked the same questions of each suspect over and over. the style and form indicates that they thought the women guilty.
  • Analyzes how tituba, after refuting being guilty of witchcraft, broke and claimed she was approached by a man from boston, who she stated to be satan, and was asked to do his work.
  • Explains that the governor decided that there needed to be a method of convicting witches, so he made the court to evaluate the cases of witchcraft.
  • Explains that the judges allowed the so-called "touch-test" and examinations of the accused's bodies for evidence of "witches' marks"
  • Explains that even gossip, anecdotes, unfounded claims, and inferences were acceptable to be presented in court and used as evidence against the accused.
  • Explains that bridget bishop was brought to trial for witchcraft by several people in her community, including the afflicted girls, who said that bishop physically harmed them and tried convincing them to sign an agreement with the devil.

The examinations begin with the people who were charged with witchcraft are brought to face the Salem Justices and are asked why they are hurting the afflicted girls, and during these examinations, the afflicted young girls gave descriptions of being attacked and tormented by the apparitions of Tituba, Good, and Osborn; the girls then exhibited forms of contortions when the accused were near them. Some of the townspeople even came forth with accounts of their dairy products spoiling and their animals being born with malformations after one of the accused came into their homes. Linder wrote: The magistrates, in the common practice of the time, asked the same questions of each suspect over and over: Were they witches? Had they seen Satan? How, if they were not witches, did they explain the contortions seemingly caused by their presence? The style and form of the questions indicates that the magistrates thought the women guilty …show more content…

After Tituba admitted to being a witch and said that she and four other witches “had flown through the air on their poles” (Linder), panic swept through Salem, and the pursuit of witches expanded (Linder) (Brattle) (Brooks). The town jails were filling rapidly as more and more people were being accused and arrested. With the jails being brimming with arrested men and women, the Governor decided that there needed to be a method of convicting witches, so he made a court to take and evaluate the cases of witchcraft. Many different kinds of evidence were accepted and used in the court; tests were made to help convict accused witches: The judges also decided to allow the so-called “touch-test” (defendants were asked to see if their touch, as was generally assumed of the touch of witches, would stop their contortions) and examinations of the bodies of the accused for evidence of “witches’ marks” (moles or the like upon which a witch’s familiar might suck)

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