Julia Martinez 1-16-13 2nd hour Salem Witch Trials The colonies of New England were a terrible place to be, in the late 1600’s. Starting in 1692, there was hysteria and accusations of witchcraft against many people in Salem, Massachusetts. When it was over more than two hundred people had been accused of witchcraft and 19 innocent people were executed. The Puritans of Salem came from England, seeking religious freedom. They were very religious, almost obsessive in their views.
Moreover, when Reverend Parris confronts Abigail about being fired by Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail denies any wrongdoings. She accuses Elizabeth as “a lying, cold, sniveling women” who spreads rumor about to degrade her social status. Abigail’s motivation in the witchcraft is thus revealed, which is jealousy towards Elizabeth. As Abigail successfully frames other people for being responsible about the witchcraft, she further imposes her domination over the other girls. Her domination is demonstrated physically and verbally.
Another reason that these lives were lost is because magistrates and judges were receptive to these accusations. Not only adults, but leaders, went along with the fabrication because they needed something to blame for the troubles the city was experiencing. The town wasn’t flourishing because of the witches. These leaders saw a way out of their own problems by blaming the “witches” of the town. In the end, the Salem witch trials became an unfortunate even in time.
In the coming months, 19 lives were hanged, the former pastor of Salem included. Giles Cory and 4 other men and women died in jail. However, after the girls spat out names of the most respectable names of Massachusetts including the governor’s wife, people began to doubt the girls. Soon enough, the witchcraft hunt
The Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch Trials, which began in June 1692 and ended in October 1692, concluded in a great amount of convictions and executions for witchcraft in both Salem Village and Salem Town, Massachusetts. This was an age of chaos, paranoia, and injustice for the people of Salem. At least 200 people were convicted of witchcraft which resulted in 19 being executed. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of hearings that prosecuted people convicted or accused of practicing witchcraft (the Devil's magic). In the 17th century, many Christians and various religions strongly believed that the Devil could give specific people, that were known as witches, the power to hurt others in return for their loyalty,
The most renowned American witch hunt began in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. There, a group of village girls became fascinated with practicing witchcraft views, but their games eventually got out of hand. They began to act strangely and out of character, uttering weird sounds and screaming
Many jurors and citizens “recounted and blamed the devil for their false accusations (McMichael, p.15).” In the trail of the Salem Witch Trials, no one was spared. Hundreds of accused were arrested an imprisoned on charges and suspicion of witchcraft. Nineteen women were executed, some died in jail, and one man was even pressed to death with boulders. Even animals that were suspected accomplices to witches were killed. Many innocent people were put to death.
Diana Elia Per.2 Mrs. Mitchell English 11A Salem Witch Trials of 1692 The Salem witch trials of 1692 were a horrible time because of the diseases being spread, women were being accused of witchcraft and innocent people were being hanged. Throughout the witch trail ladies, gentleman, and children were caring all kind of diseases. They had hearings before the country court trails to prosecute the people that were blamed and also accused of witch craft. Over 150 people were accused and arrested but formally pursued by the authorities. All twenty six victims who went to trial before this court, was convicted.
For centuries now, historians and the general public alike have been bewitched by the events that took place over the year of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. Within the span of less than 12 months, 19 people were hung under accusation of practicing witchcraft; this doesn’t include a man pressed to death and the many that died in prison or trials. But what caused this? Through the boredom of young girls, paired with the greed and superstitious fears of adults around them, many innocent people were brought to an early death. In 1692, the time of the Salem Witch Trials, children were expected to act under the same strict moral code as the adults; by doing things such as chores, attending church services, and repressing their individual differences.
In the 1950’s a man named Arthur Miller wrote a play about what tragedies occurred in Salem Massachusetts. The book was about the Salem witch trials in Salem Village. This play was written during the McCarthyism era, where people get accused for doing something illegal and went to jail or got executed with no evidence to prove that they were innocent. The play has many characters and many messages, but there is one character that makes an impact in the play and that character is Reverend Hale. Reverend Hale is actually a Puritan Pastor of Beverly, Massachusetts.