Cotton Mather Vs. Stephen Vincent Benet: The Salem Witch Trials

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olivia Roca American Literature Mr. Capone Period 1 10-3-12 Cotton Mather VS Stephen Vincent Benet Why were the Salem witch trials so significant? Who were the people that took place in them and most of all what were the trials about? Many people have different views on the Salem witch trials. The Salem witch trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts. The series of trials in Salem were against supposed witches from the Salem, Massachusetts area. They trials took place February 1692 through May 1693. A lot of people were a part of the trials, but the two very important people were Cotton Mather and Stephen Vincent Benet. Cotton Mather was born in Boston February 12, 1663 and died February 13, 1728. Mather came from a…show more content…
Puritans believe God is the Supreme Being over all - humans and the church. They also believe forgiveness of sin is obtained thought the grace of God. People can say Cotton Mather was very biased on the trials in Salem. I don’t agree or disagree with in that statement. Everyone has the right to believe in what they want to. People can argue he was biased because he was a Puritan and had different beliefs than others. Nothing was wrong with his puritan views. He just had beliefs about the trials on witchcraft that people didn’t like. Cotton was alive during the time period the trials started; he didn’t go to every single trial, but he did know a lot about the trials and did a lot of research for his…show more content…
The children were complaining of sudden pains and started crying out together. The trial he decided to focus on was the trial of Martha Carrier who was known for bewitching certain people. Cotton strongly believed that the young children with sudden strange behaviors were witches. He was certain of it! He was studying their behavior, and he concluded that a so called devil took their sprit and made them evil. He knew that the next thing he had to do was to get the other people Salem to believe him. He wrote a book during this time of 1693 called the “Wonders of the Invisible Word;” it is a report of testimony taken into one of the Salem witchcraft trials. It was written in support of the judges who condemned nineteen people to die. Are these the children or just random 19 people? SPECIFIY. Because of Cotton testimonies against Martha Carrier, she pledged guilty. Mather’s writing made him one of the most influential religious leaders in

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