The Accused Witches of 1692 The year of 1692, accused witches were being hung left and right. About 134 people were accused of being a witch or wizard, these hangings mainly occurred in Salem, Massachusetts. What caused the exaggerated behavior of 1692? The Salem witch trial hysteria of 1692 could have been caused by the puritans religion, acting or lying, and ergot poisoning. One possible cause of the Salem witch trial could have been the cause of religion because the ministers and church leaders had to let everyone know about witchcraft and that they needed to end it.
Introduction George Jacobs Sr. said, “You tax me for a wizard, you may as well tax me for a buzzard I have done no harm.” Although his words were true, many chose to either believe this hysteria or turn the other way. He died along with many other women and men. This was just the start of the many terrors of the Salem witch trials. Yet if you confessed to being a witch then you had a better chance of living, but if you denied you would automatically get hanged.
It is unbelievable 2,000 women were murdered in India of witchcraft. It is not a right to kill someone innocent. It does not matter whether accusers believe the person committed something wrong. The person killed could have been innocent, there was no evidence that they were harming anyone. Women are an easy target because women were defined as frail, and never accused men.
The Salem witch trials were the prosecution of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts from June to September 1692 by the Court of Oyer and Terminer. Though the trials were held in Salem, the accused were brought in from the neighboring towns of Amesbury, Andover, Topsfield, Ipswich, and Gloucester as well. To this day the trials are considered the epitome of injustice, paranoia, scapegoating, mass hysteria, and mob justice. The results were almost 200 arrests, 19 executed “witches”, one man pressed to death, one man stoned to death, and two dogs killed because they were suspected to be familiars of their owners who were accused of being witches. (Familiars are evil spirits in the form of animals used by witches to cast spells and perform
There was disease, and the townspeople faced crop failure and hunger. Throughout history, whenever times have gotten challenging or a country is at war, people’s psychological need to distract themselves or find a scapegoat has led to many witch hunts. It was effortless, almost instinctive, for the people of Salem to jump to the conclusion of witchcraft because of historical witch hunts throughout Europe in the 14th through 17th centuries. History was on the side of the accusers when it came to right and wrong during the Salem witchcraft trials. The fact that it was natural for the people in Salem to jump to the conclusion of witchcraft only added to the perfect storm that was Salem in
This jealousy was created from other’s female gender, age and marital status. Based on document B provided, the accusers were around the age of 16-20, female, and accused mostly women (41-60), that were married of being a witch. Drawing to a conclusion, the accusers, younger and single girls, were jealous of old, married women who had their future set for them
“Mr. Cheever, have warrants drawn for all of these-arrest for examination.” (Danforth 182). The girls that were caught doing witch craft now they have warrants out for them because of it. The girls’ good reputation has been ruined now that they got caught. “…I have here an accusation by Mr. Corey against you.
This was considered to be witchcraft by the Reverend of Salem, but to avoid punishment of witchcraft the girls accused people of being witches. Those accused of being witches were condemned to hang in they denied being a witch. This is very similar to the way that Caucasian people would lynch or hang African Americans during the 1950s to 1960s in America.
This is shameful. Today, here we have a sensible, honest, productive member of our community. I cannot say I am quite sure how girls dancing in the woods singing songs translates to witchcraft, but the community says it so. With only fingers pointed and no factual or realistic information, we condemn our village to be hanged. A village, where we put the lies of young children above the credibility of our greatest elders!
Over 200 people were accused by these girls and 20 people were hung on the account of witchcraft(Miller,1144). These people were not truthfully proven, but they were still taken from their families and put in jail for no reason(Miller,1132). The town became made with witchcraft hysteria, and they claimed people
Three deranged girls, from 1692 Salem; Massachusetts, precipitated the mass hangings of twenty innocent people accused of witchery for the reason that of their adept prowess at acting, their marital status and jealousy of the newfound eastern wealth. As a result of their skills in deception, the accusers were able to dupe the jury to convict people of witchcraft. For example, Document C describes the three girls’ reactions once their target entered the vicinity. “As soon as she [Bishop] came near, all(afflicted girls) fell into fits.”
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
In the movie “Just Ask My Children”, the boys wanted everything to be over with so they said the answers that the detectives wanted to hear and lied. As the court case got longer in The Crucible the word started to spread about witches and people started accusing each other of being witches. In Just Ask My Children the word started to spread about their court case and more and more of the same court cases started to happen every where . There was some severe