The Salem Witch Trials, And The Salem Witch Trials

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Shirley Escobedo
ENGL 09
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The general meaning of mass delusion or also referred as mass hysteria is the collective panic and irrational behavior of a large group of people who experience similar physical and emotional symptoms over some occurrence. Mass Hysteria is usually spread by illusion of threats and rumors caused by fear. To emphasize the aspect of mass hysteria, an example could describe anything from screaming crowds of people rushing through every exit door in a theater, after smelling smoke or a contagious frenzy of people screaming that, “The sky is falling!” because they saw a phenomenon in the sky. By examining a range of fundamental causes of mass hysteria in the Salem Witch Trials, the McMartin Trials, and the current Bioterrorism, it is clear to acknowledge the lasting effects from the events have greatly affected the people. The Salem Witch Trials were a notorious case of mass hysteria that quickly spread in the village of Salem Massachusetts. The trials were a series of prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft that occurred between February 1692 and May 1693. The community-wide hysteria led to more than 200 people accused of practicing witchcraft and 24 unfortunately died.
According to “Journal of the Early Republic” eventually, the community admitted the trials were a mistake and ended up compensating the families of those convicted. Since then, the Salem
Witch trials has become synonymous with
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