Nathaniel Nguyen The Crucible Arthur Miller English 2 Honors Period 2 Witch Hunting During the years 1692 to 1693, The Salem Witch Trials were a time of great fear and hysteria, as even neighbors would accuse one another of witchcraft just to lower the suspicion that they themselves were witches. Although many people nowadays are very well aware of what happened during this frightful time, most still don’t know how the Salem Witch Trials actually began. The Crucible by Arthur Miller captures the horrific experience of the Salem Witch Trials from their very beginning, to their ending when people began realizing that the entire situation had been a lie from the very start. The main character, John Proctor, may seem to be a normal, middle aged man living in the Puritan town of Salem, but however, he holds a dark secret: he cheated on his wife with a girl named Abigail Williams. What he doesn 't know, is that by cheating with Abigail, he partly started the Salem witch madness; John makes Abigail very envious of his wife, and thus, she begins accusing others of dark sorcery and witchcraft.
During The Crucible, the Witch Trials caused many court hearings. A good deal of the court hearings consisted of people over exaggerating outbursts of demons inside of them just to get somebody convicted. The Witch Trails also affected the church in many ways. Reverend Parris’ already had a wicked reputation as their minister, and the trials made it even worse. People wanted him out of the church.
She starts accusing people that she doesn’t like of practicing witchcraft, including Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth Proctor is John Proctor’s wife, and Abigail doesn 't like her because she wants to be with John, who she had an affair with. Abigail thinks that by accusing Elizabeth of witchcraft Elizabeth will be killed and then she can finally be with John. During these witch trials, many other people were accused and blamed for things that they did not do. It was mostly because of Abigail and her friends were lying about innocent people doing witchcraft.
As their puzzled father ,Samuel Parris, observed the two mysterious little girls creep under chairs and spin around on the ground he pondered where this weird behavior was coming from. In Salem there were two little girls who were envious of the rich, so they made it clear that they could make people tremble in fear if they did not like you or wanted what you had. Everyone in Salem was terrified because there were so many people being accused of witchcraft. 22 people were hanged because the two little girls were pretending to be afflicted. The Salem witch trial Hysteria of 1692 was caused by two poor, young girls who claimed to be afflicted because of jealousy.
Reverend Parris only considers the consequences on his name, nevertheless the health of his own child. The presence of the Devil causes a sort of fear about the future for him, and what will happen to his life if he is convicted of witchcraft in his household. The fear of people rising the Devil, in their religious society, causes people in act in outrageous ways to cleanse the society. Throughout the act, people have taken interest in Betty, and Ruth (The Putnam’s child) as they are seen to be witches. The popular interest in the children is caused by the fear of the power of the Devil.
In acts one and two there was a total of six examples of visions and hallucinations. In act one, many of the examples were said by the witches. The witches helped develop the setting and background information while bringing a bit of confusion to the play. They said many things that led to many prophecies to help lead the play, “All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
The study therefore concludes that the kind of treatment given to alleged witches are against their human rights and brings shame to the person alleged to be a witch. The study concludes that alleged witches are forced to created witch camps by the chiefs and elders of the communities when the alleged witch is being accused, fetish priests sometime make such pronouncements and in some cases by their relatives and they are also confronted with physical torture, mental problems, and financial problems. 5.3 Recommendations The study found that witchcraft is identified by using supernatural powers, through the exhibition of extreme anti-social behavior patterns and sudden misfortunes and mysterious deaths hence the study concludes that witchcraft exist and has been overwhelmingly supported by respondents. The study recommended that, harmless measures should be adopted by stakeholders like chiefs, fetish priests and families to effectively deal with purported supernatural power possessed by an
Rates as 80% women (Linder). Basically, witches were shown as evil creatures, but in many cases, this became not always shown true. Witches existed since B.C. times and became discriminated by everyone continuing on because they got blamed as dangerous Satan worshipers. Their practice of witchery in the 15th century contained awful things which included devil worship, baby eating, destruction of crops, and even murder (Cheung 539).
According to “Journal of the Early Republic” eventually, the community admitted the trials were a mistake and ended up compensating the families of those convicted. Since then, the Salem Witch trials has become synonymous with paranoia, injustice, and fear; therefore, continues to occupy a unique place in our collective history. Because the belief in the supernatural and in the devil’s practice became widespread in the Salem village, it evoked fear among the community. Witchcraft was considered a sin and a crime because the witches were able to conjure the Devil to perform cruel acts against others. The community received an offset of terror when three young girls, 9-year-old Elizabeth (Betty), Parris, 11-year-old Abigail Williams, and Anne Putnam began having fits, including violent contortions and uncontrollable outbursts of screaming.
Besides the ergot outbreak, harsh winters “accompanied by Indian raids and smallpox outbreaks” plagued the area, consequently leaving people especially susceptible to manipulation from outside forces (Mixson 180). Without the advanced knowledge of today, people in the past relied on authorities as a source for answers and comfort during tumultuous times; in Puritan dominated Salem of 1692 this authoritative source was the church. One representative and priest of the Puritan church, Samuel Parris, expressed that the afflicted people acted as they did because “God was angry and sending forth destroyers in the form of witches” (Mixson 180). Such words from respected institutions incited fear in the population, causing residents specifically Samuel Sewall to write, “I prayid that God would pardon all my Sinfull Wanderings” as a reaction to the increasing hysteria (Sewall 361). Regarding the imprisoned that confessed to witchcraft, those under the influence of ergotism are considered “highly suggestible,” meaning that pressuring interrogators possessed the ability to easily manipulate the ill into seeing “religious scenes” without the sick separating reality from hallucinations