Mather starts off The Wonders of the Invisible World by making a claim that the land in which they settled on belonged to the devil and as soon as he saw the Puritans colonizing there, it became his agenda to wipe them out through possession of them. “…a malefactor, accused of witchcraft as well as murder, and executed in this place more than forty years ago, did then give notice of an horrible plot against the country by witchcraft, and a foundation of witchcraft then laid, which if it were not seasonably discovered, would probably blow up, and pull down all the churches in the country.” (Mather 152) The colonial settlers had to be uneasy about starting a new life in unfamiliar territory, and clung to their newfound religion away from the Church of England for comfort. They assigned anything and everything to either an act of God or an act of the devil, and in doing this they caused an extreme uproar in their community and, eventually, in history. Innocent lives were executed as a result of the unrealistic belief system. The method they used was placing the fear of God in people as a form of...
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...highly motivated by Puritan reasoning and his use of this in this testimony is what shows how problematic it was because it sparked hatred towards those who were different. The judges were unable to investigate these events logically, and took word of mouth as evidence. Three women who testified against her claimed that they had taken part of the witchcraft that she was accused of, and had seem her at their witch-meetings. There was no evidence of this, yet the fear of God and the devil lead them to take the women’s word for it and execute a woman without proper investigation.
The Salem Witch Trials were fueled by the fear of God strategically placed in the people of Salem by Puritan ideals. Mather represents this through The Wonders of the Invisible World and shows how women were targeted for showing any sign of rebellion against the Puritan standard.
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