Conspiracies of The Salem Witch Trials. Centuries ago, a supernatural craze rippled through Europe lasting for three hundred years starting in the thirteen hundreds. Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 was a feeding ground for witch conspiracy. Puritans of that time believed that the Devil could grant people permission to harm others, and those chosen became known as witches. Multiple hypotheses are made up until this day consisting of numerous conspiracies for the abrupt behavior in Salem; a main hypothesis being that the poisoning of ergot had given the symptoms of those previously thought to be caused by witchcraft.
Once somebody was accused, the damage to their reputation was done. The trial to determine whether the accused was a witch seemed something very fickle. All someone had to do was pretend that the accused had caused them some sort of supernatural physical harm or pretend to act crazily in the presence of the accused. Petty things like jealousy, lust, and anger were just a few of the motivators that many afflicted had to power their performances. Every afflicted played their roles so perfectly that many ‘witches’ were violently punished or barbarically murdered.
Afterwards, two- hundred people accused of witchcraft; and only twenty executed, that was fifteen women and five men committed of being a witch. Puritan Religion caused the Trails in 1692, for example, Puritans were Protestants living in England had discounted with the Church of England and politics. Puritans believed that individuals could communicate with God on daily basis and believed in the devil strongly. The Puritans came from England to the New
Mrs. Anne Hibbins convinced the neighbors enough to believe that she was possessed by the devil or some other kind of evil and that she had preternatural knowledge of people thoughts and ideas. In 1655, this attention was brought to trial, the Magistrates actually saw past the situation and declined to read the verdict in front of everyone so the case was brought to general court, where she was eventually found guilty of being a witch. She received the penalty of death by hanging. This case shows that the common people were more ready to believe that witchcraft actually existed, more ready to believe it then the leaders of the society, the case also showed that if you speak your mind or have some history of craziness and violence then you had more of a probability of being possessed by
Large numbers of people were prosecuted for witchcraft in Europe between 1560 and 1630. “Until around 1420, witchcraft-related prosecutions in Europe, the concept of using supernatural powers specifically to harm others.” (Boyar, pg.6 ,paragraph 8) Cases came about from accusations of the use of ritual magic to damage rivals. Up until the early 15th century, there was little association of witchcraft with Satan. From that time organized witch hunts increased, as did individual accusations of sorcery. The nature of the charges brought changed as more cases were linked to
With the passing of the participants, researchers began to discount a satanic role and sought instead to assign blame to human agents for the tragedy. In this paper we'll discuss the events related to Salem Witch Trials and analyze historical,
This makes this source biased and invalid. (POV) The influence that kept driving followers to play a role was continued also through Martin Luther and John Calvin. Martin Luther stated that the devil can carry out evil occurrences by him alone, but will not act without human help. He described these witches as the “Devil’s whores” and felt a strong remorse towards them. (Doc.
“The Puritans, many of whom settled in Salem, Massachusetts, believed that every human being was predestined to enter either heaven or hell”(The Salem witch trials: a primary source of history of the witchcraft trials in American history, page 4). Let’s go back in time to the year 1690. Just because of behaving differently two dozen people had been accused of witchcraft. Some people took an advantage of this era to their own success and accused other people who were standing in their way. Nowadays, some people believed that they were accused just because of a different religion (in fact, around Massachusetts were a lot of Puritans), but that is not true.
Salem was a tight knit community solely focused on God, so much so that when something happened that involved the church and the community it was almost impossible not to agree with the views of the church. As these events occurred, townspeople went along with these assumptions, which we now know to be untrue. People also need a scape goat for their misfortunes. The easiest thing to blame it on was the supernatural. “You think it is God’s work you should never lose a child, nor grandchildren either, and I bury all but one?” (Miller 23).
The Witch Hunts What do you think about when you hear the word witch? Do you hear their cackles in the back of your mind? Witch hunts have been going on since the 1400’s. The three I am going to talk about are, the Salem witch hunt, and the play written on it, The Crucible, and also the War on Terror. In 1962, the term witch hunt meant actually hunting the women and men who called themselves witches, or practicing witchcraft.