Those that claimed they were witches were saved, while the remaining had been ordered to be executed. Likewise, it was later found that envy lead to honest individuals being charged. Along these lines, the witch trials were more driven by superstition and jealousy than anything. Furthermore, some people in the town had been convicted and hung by death. Bridget Bishop was the first person that was brought to trial but she had been accused of witchcraft years ago but she was
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
“Mary Walcott,Anns step cousin ,named an astonishing 69 witches”(page 56) how in the world would 69 witches/apparitions haunt you without killing you in a matter of hours. the main points of the essay are that if you lie about something very big you might have it turn out bad,such as the hangings or torturing and the people in trial who pricked thereselves for evidence that the witch was a witch.Another main point is that you need to think before you act because it might get someone or yourself in trouble or harmed. The significance of the trials were very low.There was not but a little
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. As a result, Salem was consumed by so much
A person who even somewhat agreed with Communism and used their 1st Amendment rights to convey their idea could be discriminated against and blacklisted from many jobs, and even if they were not a Communist, the same could happen even with little to no proof, just as the supposed witches are in The Crucible. Slightly earlier in the play, upon Hale’s return to Salem, he believes that he has “blood on [his] head” because he arrested many people who were accused of witchcraft (and some hung for
When these things were put at risk both societies acted out irrationality in mass hysteria, the effects of this would linger. Towns around Salem felt the effects and ended up having their own version of witch trials, yet there were on a smaller scale. With the permanent mandate of the Un-American Activities Committee, many political decisions back then and it continued to influence political decisions in the years since. Both are often cited as the reason we, as humans, have unfounded fears that can compromise our way of life. The main contributor in these tragedies had to do with the corrupt courts and how there was no factual presented against the
In my own personal well thought of opinion, I believe that Abigail Williams is the one to blame for the witch trials due to multiple reasons. Firstly is that because of her self greed of trying to keep a well polished reputation and to not face the consequences, she did all that she could so that she would not get in trouble herself, which was acting or pretending to the best of her abilities, and claiming that the people she stated has either met the devil or created an agreement with him. Another would be attempting to eliminate the individuals she or the girls that follow her dislikes, which includes the upper class people, certain individuals that seems suspicious, etc. Lastly of course is the idea that she is just doing it to seize the
The 1692 events in Salem were not caused by a single person. Rather, the horrific miscarriage of injustice that was unfair persecutions under the guise of witchcraft could be blamed on natural phenomena. When young girls of the Massachusetts town developed strange symptoms, such as vivid hallucinations and strange bodily sensations, the local town doctor could not explain why they had suddenly taken ill. Confused, he diagnosed them with the one thing that made sense to the suspicious religious town: Witchcraft. Now, modern science concludes that a simple fungus was responsible for the girl’s symptoms.
Witchcraft Theory Back in Puritan life, many women were accused of practicing witchcraft. Many people feel the Salem Witch Trials were a fraud, but they cannot decide if this fraud was due to ergot poisoning, certain townspeople influencing the teenagers to accuse people in order to gain land or economic prosperity, or boredom of the teenage girls. Although there are many theories on why girls of Salem accused others of witchcraft, I believe the Salem Witch Trials occurred because the teenage girls of Salem were bored due to the strict religious environment. The Salem Witch Trials began during the spring of 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts (History.com Staff). During this time, young girls claimed to be possessed by the devil and
The accusations against Goody Nurse only became prevailing in court, because of the sheer amount of people testifying against her. The number of people testifying made it seem as if Goody Nurse was more likely to be a witch, but this is not true because the witnesses are untrustworthy and biased against the Nurse family. The witnesses moved their bodies in court the same way Goody Nurse was moving her body to make it seem like Goody Nurse sent out her spirit to control (Lewis). This made it look like Goody Nurse is a witch, but we believe that the Putnams and their friends were doing this as a ruse so that Goody Nurse could be convicted when in reality she is not guilty. These actions by the
Despite being present in the woods that night, Mary had only watched as the other girls danced, and she had wanted to tell the truth from the very beginning. However, she was, as always, easily manipulated into going along with the trials, not sure entirely sure if witchcraft was involved. This became apparent when she testified against Abigail in court. When asked to prove that her previous fainting in court was all staged, she explained, “I - I used to faint because I - I thought I saw spirits” (Miller 107). The truth had become so skewed that Mary had become as brainwashed as the rest of the town, believing there were really witches attacking
Even though many people think that witches worshiped the devil, but they actually did rituals to replenish the Earth at the change of every season. In my opinion, witches have been mistreated throughout history because of superstitions and difference in religious beliefs. Because many people believed that they had the power of controlling of life and death because they could cure babies and sickly people. Also, many witches worshiped a type of Earth goddess. They were never any harm to any of the people of the towns.