A baffling plague of Satan has arrived in our cursed town, and yet another girl has been convicted of witchery. Elizabeth Clarke, a young mistress, was recently accused of creating a pact with the Devil.
Have you ever wondered what it's like being wrongfully accused of a dramatic crime? If you have, hearing Sarah Good's story might enlighten you. On March 1, 1692, three women were arrested on accounts of witchcraft in Salem. Around 200 men, women, and children were accused of witchcraft and killed in this horrific time. Sarah Good had a horrible reputation that lead to, in my opinion, a wrongful accusation of witchcraft.
With the supernatural there are many things possible. Supernatural is very interesting but sometimes not be messed with. There’s different types Spirits, myths, ghost hunters, and “haunted locations.”
The Salem Witch Trials were a gruesome part of our history in America. More than two hundred people were accused of witchcraft during years of 1692 through 1693. Historians believe that Ann Putnam Jr. and other accusers were badgered to accuse certain people. The parents (of the afflicted girls), Thomas Putnam and Reverend Samuel Parris told the afflicted girls to accuse others, were thought to be seeking out revenge for the accused. Most of the accused victims were either very wealthy or were social outcasts. Out of all the men, women, and children, there is not any actual evidence stated that they performed any witchcraft. The only evidence provided was spectral evidence.
There was disease, and the townspeople faced crop failure and hunger. Throughout history, whenever times have gotten challenging or a country is at war, people’s psychological need to distract themselves or find a scapegoat has led to many witch hunts. It was effortless, almost instinctive, for the people of Salem to jump to the conclusion of witchcraft because of historical witch hunts throughout Europe in the 14th through 17th centuries. History was on the side of the accusers when it came to right and wrong during the Salem witchcraft trials. The fact that it was natural for the people in Salem to jump to the conclusion of witchcraft only added to the perfect storm that was Salem in
In Rosalyn Schanzer’s Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, there is a catastrophe in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1690’s. There were accusations after accusations after accusations about witchcraft. Also, people weren’t satisfied with just accusing one person. In the end, 25 lives were lost. An example of this is, “For example, Parris’s niece, Abigail Williams, fingered 41 different witches for attacking her; Ann Putnam Jr. accused 53; her servant, Mercy Lewis, blamed 54; and a girl named Mary Walcott, who was Ann’s step-cousin, named an astonishing 69 witches” (Schanzer 56). Most people would have never known if they were going to be accused or not. The Salem Witch Trials were indeed unfair because the accusers had absolutely no evidence. Also, the accusations themselves were just incredibly random, and the judges were so gullible that they would just believe almost anything.
In Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Pedestrian”, the motifs of the story were appeared a lot of times. Motifs always repeat in the story and give a dominant central idea to strengthen the theme. By reading the motifs in the story, we could learn more about the things that the writer wants to tell us. In this story, there are lots of words of motifs; for examples, silence, alone, darkness, empty and frozen. Those motifs shows the lacking of inspiration and excitement in the story and determines the dark keynote of the story. Also, there are lots of descriptions of motifs in the story, such as the description of the rusty smelling of the lightbulb, or the description of the smelling of the little jail. Those motifs all shows how pedestrian it
“They All Just Went Away” by Joyce Carol Oates is an amazing work. The language used is excellent, the presented descriptive details and events are exact and accurate. However the descriptions of the abandoned houses is upsetting. Still her essay helps the readers to define a family, home and a house and people’s relationships to each other. She did a remarkable job in presenting the stories about particular people and events that happens in each house. This gives the readers the feeling that some of them might have experienced stories. In this essay I will mention two stories that relates to the author’s story.
Throughout history there have been many instances where people were put in jail and even killed for no reason. Two examples of this would be The Salem Witch Trials and The Holocaust. These two events have their similarities and differences, but is ultimately the same situation.
The years of 1692 and 1693 were a terrible time in Salem Massachusetts. The presence of the devil was in Salem. People living there were practicing witchcraft. Young women were barking like dogs and acting strangely. All this behavior would lead to what became known as the Salem witch trials.The Salem witch trials took place because of people practicing witchcraft and they were not witches.This resulted in the imprisonment /execution of more than 200 people.
From June – September 1692, 19 men and women have been convicted of witchcraft. They were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village for hanging. Dozens were languished in jail for months without trials. These innocent people were killed for something they did not do. There was no fair trial on their behalf. There was only one man to say if you were guilty or not and no one went against what he said. If they did, they knew that he would accuse them next and
Also, the last cause of the Salem Witch Trial was the lack of knowledge of the people. People was just accusing other people of witchcraft, but the accusers did not have an idea of what was going on in the town. For example in Document A says “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” but the people really did not know who was a witch and who was not a witch. This is lack of knowledge because that was not coming for the Bible or something it was just a version of King James, Puritans let other influence their beliefs and did not give a good knowledge about witchcraft. Other example is in Document B when it talks about all the things that happened and that all of that according to the Puritans was “Witchery” that was lack of knowledge because people really did not know what was happening. People was just finding a reason for their bad luck. Because the people did not find a good reason, their beliefs came out and people started thinking about the witchcraft in Salem.
The Salem Witch trials were started in 1692. According to History.com, a group of girls claimed to be possessed with the devil and that they were practicing witchcraft. This event may have caused the trials to begin. With the mix of the belief of the underworld and witches, the rumors began and spread like wildfire. Many people believed the girls and demanded for the people who were “possessed” to be killed a the spirit removed from the body and let free.
The girls that had been diagnosed with “fits” caused by witchcraft were asked to name the people who caused them to have these “fits”. The first people who were named by Ann included Sarah Good, the town beggar, Sarah Osborne, who had not been to church in almost a year , and, of course, Tituba. The people in the town quickly turned against these accused women and supported the accusers. The women that were accused were all found guilty and were hanged. The first group that were hanged included Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, Sarah Wilds, Elizabeth Howe, and Susannah Martin. The next accusation shocked the townspeople. Ann accused the spirit of Martha Corey. She was a huge figure in the church and, even though there was not substantial evidence, was sent to prison and she was eventually hung. This accusation caused a scare throughout the village because it proved that anyone in the town could be a witch. The first set of trials ended but the girls’ “fits” did not. The girls were asked again to name the people who tormented them. Ann named Rebecca Nurse and her sisters. This accusation also shocked the town because Rebecca “ was the most religious woman in town.” Rebecca and her sisters were all found guilty and hung on Gallows Hill. Ann accused sixty-two people of practicing witchcraft and caused nineteen to be brutally executed. The end of Ann’s terror came after she accused the governor's wife, Lady Phips, of being a witch. Governor Phips ended the trials on October 29,
Since the trials ended the colony began to suffer a lot of misfortunes like droughts, crop