A short time later, the three girls had claimed to be "possessed" by evil spirits. The three girls were questioned and gave the names of witches that they accepted were haunting them. And eventually the servant woman was called into court and affirmed the names the three girls had said, however they would not say names of other "witches". In time, more individuals (generally females, however there were a couple of men) were put on trial. Those that claimed they were witches were saved, while the remaining had been ordered to be executed.
One of the first life lessons a child is taught growing up is that lying can only ever make a situation worse. This claim can easily be proven through Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The story follows the people of Salem, Massachusetts as their lives turn to chaos as a result of the Salem Witch Trials. No matter how farfetched the accusations were, the copious amount of lies told within the small town made it nearly impossible for anyone to know what really happened. These gaps in knowledge made people’s minds open to any kind of explanation.
After all of this chaos, Tituba (Reverend Parris’s slave from Barbados) and two other women were charged for witchcraft. In the courtroom, the girls were acting erratically and only Tituba out of the three confessed about participating in witchcraft. She did this because she did not want to be executed. In addition, she claimed that their were other witches in Salem.
Many have heard of the Salem witch trials but not a lot of people know of how truly insane the accusations during them were. Neighbors were accusing each other on no known facts. They would make up stories saying someone is a witch just because they did not like that particular person. Everyone that was accused was guilty until proven innocent; instead of what is said today, which is innocent until proven guilty. No one was safe from being accused.
Throughout the Salem Witch Trials John Proctor never accepts the lies of the people, he sees through the fear and tries to convince the people that they are making an error. Proctor maintains a rock-solid belief during the entire story, and his beliefs do not change, however his attitude toward the people in Salem does change as the trials grow in size. It’s the fact that Proctors perpendicular beliefs leading to his death that make him a tragic hero and a martyr, since his final refusal to accept the lies send him to the rope. Proctors changes throughout the story also cause the people of the village to look down on him after outbursts of rage.
They burned and tortured people to the confession was reviled, then they killed them it was an awful time to live in. People were scared that they would be next to be called a witch a lot of people died who didn 't need to. If a witch confessed to quickly was deemed to be abandoned by the devil. If she did not and kept their “stubborn silence” was still protected by the devil and was more bound to the devil.
During the witch trials, the accused were interrogated and forced to plead guilty of witchcraft or die. Most pleaded guilty just to save their life, but they were also forced to give up the names of other “witches”. Blaming others could also direct the blame from the accused to someone else, this way the accused could escape the pain and shame of being called a witch. In Cotton Mather Biography, it is stated that, “As the trials progressed, and growing numbers of person confesses to being witches.” This portrays the on going snowball effect of blaming other people of witchcraft.
Since the beginning of time people have gone through trials in court to either be proven innocent or guilty. In the Crucible by Arthur Miller a massive number of people were being convicted in Salem, Massachusetts because of the witch trials. The law of the land states that everyone is above suspicion until they are demonstrated to be guilty by legitimate evidence; in the play the Crucible if a person was accused of an unlawful act they were summons for being a witch and working for the devil without proper confirmation. Citizens in Salem were imposed to establish their innocent or be put to death, which caused conflicting issues in the village.
Many people had been wrongfully accused and suffered the consequences of one person’s error. McCarthy would be similar to Abigail whereas Miller would be similar to Proctor. Abigail accused many of being witches while McCarthy accused many of being Communists. Proctor would be similar to Miller because they both were brought in front of the court to tell on their friends, which they both refused to do so. Miller had once said, “It would probably never had occurred to write a play about the Salem witch trials of 1962 had I not seen some astonishing correspondences with that calamity in the America of the late 40’s and early 50’s.
In 1692, several young girls in Salem, Massachusetts took this search too far. Due to the lack of scientific knowledge at the time and the fact that historically Europe experienced many witch hunts, it is understandable how the townspeople of Salem would jump to conclusions about what was really going on. Although there is evidence that the Salem witchcraft hysteria was caused by the physical state of the girls, who were supposedly possessed but likely poisoned, the most likely cause of the hysteria in the late 17th century was a power struggle for young women who were bored and curious. The girls who were thought to be “possessed” in Salem were preadolescent children who were plagued
The Salem witch trails: The terrible case of witchcraft 2nd draft Heather Risley In Massachusetts during 1692, a case corrupted the nation (E.j. Wagner). People were being sent to jail for what they thought was witchcraft. Innocent people died all because of girls who were acting strange, like screaming, hurting themselves etc.; the girls seemed to be controlled by “witchcraft” (Stewart, 6-66).
The Salem Witch Trials was just a hoax performed by some young girls who had nothing else better to do. They started to claim that they were possessed by the devil. Those girls then began to convict other men but mostly women that they were practicing witchcraft. The girls had inicated a rumor. They had begun an event that they no longer had control of.
The accusation of witches has been around since the earliest of time. Witches are said to be products of the devil and follow upon the path to hell. The Protestants and the Catholics had similar ideas as to where and what witches were according to the three writings of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther stated, “Witches are the Devil’s whores…” going on to state that they do horrible things to please the devil. John Calvin talked about how the witches were taken over by demons.
Nearly anyone from the New England has heard of the famous Salem Witch Trials. A year of persecution, leading to the accusation of nearly 200 citizens of all ages. No one was safe; men, women, children, even pets stood trial and 20 were hung for the supposed crime of witchcraft (Blumberg). 1692 was a year of witch hunting. Most today blame the trials on hysteria, or perhaps a bad case of paranoia.