History paints a quant picturesque view of Puritans living a quiet, simplistic, and pure life surrounded by family, community and, religion. “Puritans were expected to live by a rigid moral code, they believed that all sins-from sleeping in church to stealing food- should be punished” (Life in Salem 1692) Puritans however, were not always as pure as we are led to believe. Many actions of Puritans, although religious based, is a contradiction of what their religion taught. During the time of Puritans there were several recognized periods of unorthodox methods of reprimand. In 1692 the Salem Witchcraft Trials were tearing the community apart. The Puritan society that relied so profoundly on support from the community had begun to turn on one another at an unprecedented level.. The reasons for the Salem Witch Trials vary based on misconceptions, illogical values, and misconstrued information. In “Young Goodman Brown” the devil suggests himself as being responsible in different dark times of Puritan record, “I helped your g...
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