Gender Roles In The Salem Witch Trials

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Men and women also had different takes on sin. Women were more likely to read their sins as a pact with the devil no matter how severe the sin was whereas men paid close attention to the sin as an individual moment of weakness in which they would be able to return to their relationship with God. Believing that they could turn to the devil themselves, women were more likely to then accept that other women could be equally demonized. Women often accused other women for various reasons. The accusation was threatening to their future even if they were found innocent. So, to protect themselves, they accused other women in fear of being without a spouse as they grow older and unable to fulfill the duties that a puritan women was characterized by: taking care of her children and husband. This vulnerability in the minds of women allowed the prosecutors to persuade them of their devilish acts even if they weren’t actually guilty. Throughout the trials, the courts realized women that confessed to signing a pact with the devil were more helpful alive than they were dead. As much …show more content…

With the Puritans having strict religious beliefs about the devil and God, it gave them strong feelings about the ways in which women impacted their community. Along with their religious beliefs, their society had certain beliefs about women and the way they should act which led them to suspect anything out of the “norm” as a sign of the devil. While some of this could be on women and the way we speak, the Puritans already had such strong feelings toward the vulnerable mind of women that it wouldn’t matter. The women were represented by weakness in nearly every aspect a person can be judged on and this thought of them as the weaker vessel is what ultimately led to them being accused and persecuted more than men during the Salem Witch

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