Puritan Life In Richard Godbeer's Escaping Salem By Arthur Miller

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Richard Godbeer presented an excellent picture on how puritan life was structured, how it functioned, and how they perceived the super natural in this novel. Reading "Escaping Salem," I was thrown several different scenarios displaying how witchcraft was addressed in early puritan society and how they reacted towards it. The supposedly bewitching of Katherine Branch showed the reader how the people of Stamford and the court system handled the act of witchcraft. After reading this novel, I can say that I do believe the accused in the Stamford witchcraft trial received a fair trial. In early puritan society, the communities were very close. They all knew each other well and had an idea of what their daily lives were about. Richard Godbeer had an excellent way of showing this in the novel. One example was by having Daniel Wescot ask his neighbors for assistance in helping watch over Kate, while she was showing symptoms of being bewitched. The Wescot's neighbors were quick to say yes, "to request assistance in time was customary and expected in a place like Stamford" (pg.25). This loyalty really helped the Wescot's in their time of need because of Kate's constant need for attention.…show more content…
Some people were curious to see if she was just ill, or if it indeed was her being bewitched. Puritans believed that if you intervened with witch craft and got in contact with the devil, you would go straight to hell. Even after seeing signs of witchcraft that were happening to Kate, some citizens were still not convinced and believed she was faking. They believed she was naming people who her family did not feel very fond of. This made them believe that Kate was faking her

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