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). “The early modern period (1400-1700) became a popular time of where the most witches existed. About 70,000 to 100,000 souls killed for doing work for the devil” (Bio Staff). “Early witches were people who practiced witchcraft— they used magic spells and called upon spirits for help to bring about change. Most witches were thought to be Pagan’s doing the Devil’s work.
In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, passions turned into problems. Witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts became a remembered event since 1692. Three girls were said to have interactions with the devil. When they were confronted about it they denied every interaction the people who were convicted they would say they weren’t a witch and would bring someone else’s name into the equation. Those who would admit to being a witch would go to jail, but for those who denied having interaction with the devil would have been trialed and hung, so really, anyway you put it it’s a lose-lose situation.
Later in the story Tituba under the pressure of the court confest which ignited a hunt for witches. in both the salem witch trials and the red scare people where both paranoid of something. At the time of the witch trials the people were afraid of evil spirits, and the devil if you were accused of being a witch you would lose almost everything you owned. With the power of the church the people of Salem where easy overpowered by Propaganda and hysteria, with this people started so claim any was a witches for power, land, and even political strength. “We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!”( Arthur Miller.)
At least 57,400 people who were accused of being a witch were persecuted and killed (Landen). Many of these people were falsely accused and persecuted, and all in terms of fear. First, The church persecuted witches due to the fear that many people had and that the church could manipulate. Additionally, all suspects of witchcraft often endured various tests to identify them as a witch or commoner, guilty or innocent. Lastly, after the common belief in true witch persecutions faded, the church used this as a window to persecute those they do not truly care for.
Imagine one day being wrongfully accused of a crime and sent to jail without a fair trial or even a proper representative in court. That seems a little unjust, does it not? Unfortunately, many people in the past were imprisoned and killed for crimes they did not commit like in the Salem Witch Trials or the Scottsboro Trials. Even though the Salem Witch Trials and Scottsboro Trials were over two-hundred years apart, there are many similarities between them. Such similarities include the false imprisonment of innocent people based off of prejudice beliefs and heavily biased justice systems.
The citizens felt it was their duty to destroy the witches for the good of the community. More than one hundred and fifty people were charged and jailed. Twenty were executed. However, most of the folks accused were sincerely innocent. The real causes of the Salem witch trials were quite the antithesis from the handiwork of Satan and his “employed witches.” Today, the origin of the calamity is believed to be a combination of a few different factors.
In 1692 there was something called witchcraft. Witchcraft start when this young girls claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. There was a book called “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.In The Crucible, Abigail Williams is a static character who is a big part of the chaos. She is the main accuser throughout the Salem witch trials that caused many innocent people to die. The Salem witch trials was a period of time when the village and town of Salem held a series of trials for people suspected of witchcraft.
Nineteen men and women hung from the tree of destruction, for they were the ornaments of hysteria. New England was supposed to be a land of opportunity for the puritans. During the summer of 1692, Salem Village proved to be a wretched example of this, twenty people were falsely accused of witchcraft, and were accordingly jailed and executed. Salem’s infamy has bewildered many, for nobody knows in entirety what caused the mystery of the Salem witch trials of 1692. The answers as to how it came to be is shrouded in an ever-growing cloak.
Not only would I have fewer rights as a woman but I probably would be considered strange. Many innocent unmarried, widowed or ‘strange’ women were accused of witchcraft: “This belief in evil witches often led to the persecution of innocent victims. Scapegoats were found among society’s most vulnerable, usually women or Jews...The persecution of witches reached its highest level in the 16thh and 17th centuries...tens of thousands were executed” (Lecture Notes, Nadelhaft). Innocent men and women accused of evil doings were scapegoats for unexplained events or crimes they did not commit and were killed for nothing. If I lived in the 17th century I probably would not fit in, due to
This devastating event is similar to the witch trials in the book, The Crucible because Abigail Williams a citizen of Salem, committed a sort of ¨Hate Crime¨. Abigail did so by framing others of practicing ¨witchcraft¨, which she knew was illegal in the town of