Beginning with a group of teenage girls wanting to put the blame on others ending it escalating beyond control. They were accused to be witches so needed to shift the fingers from themselves to others. Therefore making it an endless cycle of pointing fingers that was not necessary but they had to bring someone down with them apparently. How could anyone prove their spirit was not torturing that person? Most people were actually innocent, I doubt they were truly delving into the devil 's work but the accused were no way able to prove innocence making most just admit to being witches, just to stop the persecution torture. Making it obvious they would not listen to the truth because they had already decided it beforehand. Therefore, the answers
In his book, “A Modest Inquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft (1702),” clergyman John Hale comes forth to confront the recent events going on at the time. Initially, Hale alludes to the questionable actions and activities of the townspeople being accused of witchcrafts, and being imprisoned as punishment. In addition, he discloses how everyone suspicious will be accused, not even young children are safe from the hands of this fate. Hale’s purpose of publishing this book was to describe the incident of the Witch Trials, and to reveal his experience of the trials, since his own wife was accused. By employing a didactic tone, Hale relays the actions of the past that targeted the Puritans and those wrongly accused of witchcrafts, so this occurrence
There is a certain polarity that comes with the territory in witchcraft. In most witch trials, there was a sense of “he said, she said”, one side claiming one thing and the other disagreeing. This seemed to flow into the realm of historical thought on the matter. There is a dividing line of external and internal interpretations on the subject of the witch trials, especially including the trials in Salem. However, I argue that the line between the external and internal interpretations of the witch trials is blurred, the sides often bleeding into each
There are many important events that led up to the Salem Witch Trials. In 1233, Pope Gregory established the medieval inquisition to bring order against the growing heresy in which he later hunts down witches. In 1347, the Bubonic Plague or also known as Black Death struck in Europe demonstrating how ignorance lead to superstition. In 1431, Joan of Arc was accused of witchcraft and burned alive at the stake. After her death, she was declared innocent and deemed a martyr. In 1484, Pope Innocent VII officially declared witches are real. In 1492, Christopher Columbus overcame ignorant superstitions hoping to land in West Indies. In 1530, King Henry of England separated his nation from Roman Catholicism, which resulted in creating the church of England because he did not believe in witches. In 1607, English settlers landed in Jamestown, Virginia and they strongly believed in
The witch trials in Salem in the year 1692 was a scowling time in American history. The New York Post explains about The Crucible play that “... at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witchhunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil.” In The Crucible, John Proctor and his wife are hit with many situations which burdens their relationship. While this is going on, many people were being accused as witches for little incidents which they thought would add up to witchcraft. During this time period, the grudges and personal rivalries between people makes these witch trials immoral and unethical.
First, there were accusations on three women. Those three women were Tituba, a West Indian slave and two other women, Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good.These women were accused of witchcraft by teenage girls in 1692. There were up to 19 people hanged in Salem for witchcraft and one man was pressed to death for the suspicion of witchcraft. Accusing people for witchcraft was very dangerous in the 16th century. Everyone took it seriously, you died if anyone suspected you were involved in
A poverty-stricken widow, who’s boss had tried to help her out in her time of need, was accused of being a witch because of claims of cannibalism and killing children, but when you analyze what had happened, one can come to the conclusion that the children had caught the plague, as it took a few days for them to die, and Europe was facing random outburst of the plague over several centuries, but the townsfolk had to find something to blame for the deaths of those children and they chose to kill another (Doc 1). The people accusing the innocent, the shop owners, and the staff of the court of often had ulterior motives, usually in the form of wealth and greed, as they had burned and tortured a great number of people, as noticed by the Canon Linden in Trier, Germany (Doc 2). No one was left unscathed by the accusation of being a witch, even Alice Prabury, who attempted to help both animals and people, who were sickened, but yet she was accused of witchcraft and spreading the plague (Doc 4), though this isn’t surprising as those who belonged to the lower class, as defined by their husband’s occupation, were much more likely to be accused of witchcraft, especially for the wives of laborers and farmers, though this is to be expected, as those viewed as little class were among the presence of those who affected drastically by the socioeconomic changes of Europe, especially the plague, rebellions, and income inequality and changes (Doc
Do you have a neighbor that you really just don’t like? In 1600’s Massachusetts, there was a solution! You could tell everyone that they were a witch. Sure it might ruin their life, but hey, they’re out of yours. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of trials that occurred during Colonial America where many people, mostly women, were falsely accused of and wrongly punished for performing witchcraft. There is a well documented history of these accounts, including the causes, the results, and similar cases throughout history.
The novel A Delusion of Satan written by Frances Hill describes the history of the Salem Witch Trials (“Salem”) in 1692, the causes and effects of the witch hysteria, and the biographies of major characters associated with the trials. In the novel, Hill started out explaining the Puritans’ beliefs and customs, the gender roles of men and women in Salem and why women were easily accused of being witches and practicing witchcraft in the 17th century. During that time, women were easily accused of practicing witchcraft because they were viewed as physically, politically and spiritually weaker than men. Men were perceived as the power, status, and worthy in the society, and they dominated women’s behavior and social status. In the 17th century,
Around 1563. Commonly people associated witches with a woman and the beliefs were the following of that they have made a pact with the evil spirit Satan. The rush of the witch persecutions mainly happened after 1563 and by the time period of 1750 roughly 200,000 witches were tortured, burnt, or hung across the whole of Western Europe. Therefore, in this essay, I will be mainly focusing and arguing which of the hysteria surrounding witchcraft and witchcraft trials had a greater impact in Britain or the American colonies in the time period of the 17th century. And I will be arguing it following different factors which could contribute to this such as the social factors geographical factors, religious factors and also control law and order.
Many Women were killed from persecutions of witchcraft in the late 15th century to the 17th century. There are many reasons for the persecutions, during that time period there was the Reformation, and the Thirty Years War. The Reformation was a fight over that was caused because the church was lying to the people who went to catholic churches and saying that you need to pay to get rid of your sins, and the Thirty Years War was a war over religion that lasted thirty years. Factors in the late 15th century and the 17th century that led to witchcraft persecutions were The Reformation, and the Thirty Years War.
The Witch’s Hammer is another name for a manual known as the Malleus Maleficarum. This manual was written by Heinrich Kramer in 1486. Jacob Sprenger was originally attributed as an author as well but some scholars now believe that was an attempt on Kramer’s part to lend his book more official credentials. Both Kramer and Sprenger were from the Dominican Monastatic Order. The goal of this manual was to eradicate heretics, including those who followed the Catholic faith but denied the existence of witchcraft or professed to be Catholic but practiced witchcraft.