In the Salem Witch first instance of witchery is Betty/Elizabeth Parris, along with Abigail Williams when they started to scream and giggle uncontrollably, along with delusions, vomiting, muscle spasms, screaming, and writhing. William Griggs, a physician, diagnosed witchcraftery to the women. Soon, fueled by resentment and paranoia, more and more women were accused of being witches, while the community and system of justice piled up. The Trials had lasted from 1692 to 1693. Some women acted peculiar because of a fungus called “Ergot” that grew on cereals and wheat.
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.
Her hatred for Elizabeth Proctor emerges from the very beginning of Act I, saying that, “Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar!” after she was discharged from being their servant and no other family has contacted her for her services. She continues her hatred in Act II when Abigail first accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft and Elizabeth knowing this, responds with, “I am sure she does--and thinks to kill me, then take my place.” Abigail is so determined to get her way that she even puts on a show to get her arrested. According to Ezekiel Cheever, “She sat to dinner in Reverend Parris’s house tonight, and without a word no warnin’ she falls to the floor… in the flesh of her belly, he drew a needle out. And demandin’ of her how she come to be so stabbed, she testify, it were your wife’s familiar spirit pushed it in.” The outcome in Act III, is that due to Abigail’s persistence, Elizabeth was charged for witchcraft and is more than likely to be punished for her
“Why, it is a lie, it is a lie; how may I damn myself? I cannot I cannot.” Rebecca Nurse, a character from The Crucible, is on the verge of being condemned to hand for witchcraft and is being pressured into admitting her identity. Rebecca is a married women to Francis Nurse. She is a kind, religious woman who has raised eleven wonderful children. She is accused of witchcraft for the murdering of Ann Putnam’s seven children.
The Crucible was created in 1953, which shows the story of the Salem witch trials. This event occurred in Massachusetts Bay around the time1692-1693. The plot of the crucible started when a group of girl claimed that they were dancing in the forest with Tituba (slave). The girls were caught by Reverend Parris (Minister). Parris’s daughter (Betty), ends up falling in a coma but we later found out that she was faking being in a coma because she was scared that she going to get in trouble.
Black Death Once upon a time a 16 year old girl named,Gabrielle, was in history class once the bell rang she walked out and vanished out of the blue. Gabrielle was in a great sleep she woke up on a dirt floor house with holes in ceiling. A lady walks and says, “We have run away!” Gabrielle says in a scared voice “Where am I.” The lady said “Your in the Black Death, now c’mon we have run away.” Gabrielle runs out with the lady. The lady stops out of nowhere and screams at the top of her lungs. Gabrielle looks at her next to a wrinkled man on the floor with black spots.
In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, a group of girls were found dancing in the forest. Betty, the minister’s daughter, becomes sick and they believe she is possessed. Abigail, the minister’s niece, is questioned but blames it all on Tituba. Tituba confesses to have signed a deal with the devil and is seen as saved by God so then Abigail confesses to also be saved and not hung. Abigail blames different people but she also blames John Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth.
Witchcraft was second among the hierarchy of crimes which was above blasphemy, murder and poisoning in the Puritan Code of 1641. Since England had their own witch hunts, it was said that the anxiety spread to New England mainly because of a pamphleteer Cotton Mather. It started early 1692 when the daughter and niece of Salem local minister, Samuel Parris had strange violent convulsions and loud outbursts. The only local doctor of the village which only could read but not write, then concluded that the girls were bewitched. There were three primary “suspected” witches, the minister’s slave Tituba, Sarah Good who was a beggar, and Sarah Osborne, a widower.
Abigail’s overwhelming jealousy causes her to lie and blame elizabeth of witchcraft. She accuses her of stabbing a poppet, representing a voodoo doll, and sending Elizabeth’s spirit upon Abigail. The poppet, was made by Mary Warren as a gift for Elizabeth, “I had to sit long hours in a chair, and passed
Superstition is at its height before and during the witch trials. Although there is a high mortality rate amongst babies, Mrs. Putnam has had seven babies die within the first few days of birth. Her only child, Ruth Putnam, has also been acting strange lately. Wondering the cause of her babies’ deaths, Mrs. Putnam is willing to sends her only daughter to illegally conjure spirits with a Barbadian slave. When condemned for sinning Mrs. Putnam states, “‘for how else is she struck dumb now except some power of darkness,’” which exemplifies her belief -- an evil force is to blame for her babies’ deaths (Miller 12).
“Just as she said it, a horrible thought came to her. The thought was so embarrassing that she turned red in the face and her eyes dilated and her feet jumped up, upsetting the valise in the corner. The instant the valise moved, the newspaper top she had over the basket under it rose with a snarl and Pitty Sing, the cat, sprang onto Bailey’s shoulder” (O’Connor 63). First, while in the ominous sounding Toomsboro, the grandmother makes the family search for the plantation. Then, she is overcome with embarrassment for making an error that she jostles the cat free.
Betty Parris aged 9 was the first to be afflicted by witchcraft in Salem in 1692. Betty Parris became very ill during the cold winter of 1692, she dove under furniture, complained of fever and she contorted in pain however, the cause of her behavior was medically unclear so doctor William Griggs claimed she was bewitched. Several other girls developed similar symptoms including her eleven-year-old cousin Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Mercy Lewis and Mary Walcott. The girls were urged by Rev. Parris (Betty’s father) and others to name the witches.
During the demandings time of the late 1990s, a settlement in Massachusetts called Salem murdered people who they suspected to be witches and wizards. The Salem Witch trials interesting enough began when a group of girls were playing a game. After they finished playing the game, they started to act strangely. When the parents brought in a doctor to check on their children, the healer couldn’t find anything wrong with the girls who were unwell. Many modern theories suggest that they could been suffering from mental illness, child abuse or epilepsy.