It has come to belief, that Betty and Ruth have both been placed into coma-like symptoms by the “Devil” a disconnected with the outside world. This idea that the Devil is prevalent in Salem causes a rapid spread of fear throughout the town. This sickness then transforms into the first idea that the Devil is able “control” others, ultimately aiding the Devil’s authority and control over the townsfolk. As well, as Abigail accuses Tituba of calling to the spirits, Parris and Putnam threaten her with death in spite to discover the truth. After listening to such violent repercussions, Tituba comes to admit that she “don 't desire to work for him”(44) though implying contact between the Devil and herself.
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. In Europe during the Renaissance era, the church was conflicted by the ideas of witchcraft which caused paranoia, which later caused much persecution and tests to determine death. The presence of witches caused panic and hysteria in Europe which led to their persecution. For example, witches were persecuted through witch trials. Witch trials were prominent throughout Europe.
This lead to horrible consequences by the fault of witches known with wicked abilities. Witches are evil ones usually depicted as women who have magical powers. An outstanding amount of witch myths lead the world on to understand that they do indeed walk the earth. However, many atheists and doctors believe that sickness and the Christian church
Witchcraft is often seen as a consuming force that eats life power of the victim (Steward 2004: 1). The definitions are however not dependable because people have their own of fitting ideas and practices together which means that a person might see something as sorcery that is witchcraft to another (Steward 2004:1). The Zande people who were studied by Evans-Pritchard use ideas of witchcraft to explain misfortune that is difficult to explain in other ways. For example, a man who wanted to find out whether or not his ill wife would die and who was responsible for her sickness consulted the oracle Benge and a ritual is done where a question is asked and a sort of poison is fed to a chick and depending on whether or not it dies, it will answer the posed question. When a person has been identified as a witch the accuser asks them to cool their witchcraft by blowing on a chicken’s wing (Steward 2004: 2).
When thinking of witchcraft, one’s mind immediately goes to a woman with green skin, moles, and a pointy nose. Witches stand around a cauldron with their wild hair, summoning spirits or fly around terrorizing those around them. However, as we find out in Arthur Miller’s 1952 play, The Crucible, the accused were anything but. The victims accused of witchcraft within The Crucible were targeted for not fitting the social norms of the time, breaking Puritan code, or posing a threat to someone else. In our world today, we can still see the effects of the Salem Witch trials through accusing those who are on the margins of deeds we don’t want to take responsibility for.
One reason why Abby has influence over Tituba occurs when Abby starts accusing people of witchcraft. Reverend Parris and Reverend Hale interrogate Abby about why the girls were dancing in the woods. She tries to play it off as common dancing, and then she is accused of summoning the devil. She is accused of that because Reverend Parris says he saw something moving in a kettle that was near Abby in the woods. Because of that, Abby decides to blame Tituba so she can get out of trouble: ABIGAIL: “I never called him!
She doesn’t mean to harm anybody; she just wants to find out the reason why her babies have been dying. Nevertheless, her blind devotion to god convicts many innocent people as witches. In the court, she strongly claims that her babies were murdered because of witchcraft, “They were murdered, Mr. Parris! And mark this proof! Mark it!
The Salem Witch Trials was where women were accused of performing sorcery even though they weren't and were still convicted of the crime. This is parallel to Bradbury’s encounter because the policeman decides to consider walking a “crime” just because he feels he has the power to do so which is just a bad sense of character. The Salem witch trials are also similar to the idea of people who read books in Fahrenheit 451 being bad because they are veering away from what society deems right and society chooses to single them out just because they aren't following their rules. In Fahrenheit 451, the characters within the novel are taken to the incinerator and have their houses burned if they are found with books, anyone can be accused of this crime and without question, the fire department will go burn down their house. This is parallel to the witch trials because the vulnerable people in the society get taken advantage of by the people of power, they are punished for crimes that they never committed and aren't even given a say in
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.
During the 1950s witch hunting had its times of highs and lows. Political debate regarding witchcraft had begun during Cromwell’s rule. New religious groups, such as Baptist, formed fear of witchcraft in some cases leading to accusations and trials. Baptist rejected any modern medicine of the time and choose essential oils in healing bewitchment. Cromwell himself was accused of being a witch in the late 1650s.