When he tries to confess to the court about his sin to prove that he would not lie about the witches, the court puts him in jail for lying ironically. Before his hanging, he has a conversation with Elizabeth, his wife, stating, “I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud… It is pretense for me, a vanity that will not blind God nor keep my children out of the wind. What say you?” (Arthur 136) John was considering saying that he had see witch craft to keep his life. When they asked him to sign his name to the confession he said, “ Because it is my name!
Proctor tries to prevent Elizabeth from being hanged. He also admits that he lusted with Abigail. Elizabeth lies to the court, telling the first lie she has ever told. She lied to save her husband though. Abigail is accusing everyone of witchcraft to clear her name.
Not only does she deny doing witchcraft, she also manages to accuse Tituba of having full responsibility while she is the one who starts the whole thing. At the end of the chapter, she also frames some other citizens, saying that she sees them with the Devil. Her affair with John Proctor is furthermore exposed to the audience. Betty, Reverend Parris’s daughter, reveals that Abigail attempts to drink blood as a charm in order to kill Elizabeth Proctor, who is John Proctor’s wife. Moreover, when Reverend Parris confronts Abigail about being fired by Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail denies any wrongdoings.
In 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, a series of afflictions, convictions, accusations, and even executions played out known as the Salem Witch Trials. Among the over 200 people accused of practicing witchcraft was a woman by the name of Susannah North Martin. She lived in colonial Massachusetts of said time period and as a widow of 67 was executed for performing witchcraft, in conjunction with many other innocents blamed for similar faults. Witchcraft was known as the “Devil’s magic,” and many assorted Christians and often Puritans had a strong belief that the Devil could grant certain mortals power to harm in turn for their loyalty; these mortals were known as witches. Among the “witches” convicted were Sarah Osborne, Tituba, and Sarah Good, who had all been in a distressful state.
Tituba's confession ignited a series of witchcraft manhunts leading to women and men being hanged, one man crushed to death by heavy rocks, and 150 more men were held in prison awaiting trail . Ergo, the key concepts included within this essay will be, who were the accusers, what do their fears tell us about the beliefs and society, why did the trials come to an end, and what does the outcome of the trials tell us about the leaders of English society in North America. The story of the Salem Witch-Hunt begins within the household of Reverend Samuel Parris when his daughter became sick, and her cousin fell ill also. The doctor was quick to jump in and diagnose both girls, Betty Parris and Anne(Abigail) Williams, as being “bewitched”. The two girls exhibited fits such as screaming, throwing things around, and contorting themselves in awkward positions (Blumberg,2007).
He councils convicted witches to confess, so that they won't be hanged. Hale is knowingly counseling people to lie. He's lost all faith in the law, and there's a good chance his faith in God is a bit shaky as well. Hale's last effort to wash some of the blood of his hands fails. He's not able to convince anyone to confess.
The physical appearance of the woman concluded the examination and marked them as witches, due to physical signs left by the devil such as a "wart." Ann, and her parents accused many more townspeople, typically those who were enemies of the family. The accusation sent fear to the people as villagers believed that anyone could be a witch. By the time Ann's witch hunt was over, she had accused 62 people . Tituba denied to have practiced any witchcraft and was beated by Parris to confess as he would promise her freedom.
Introduction "Almost as soon as it had begun, the hysteria that swept through Puritan Massachusetts ended" (Linder - page 1). The Salem witch trials occured in 1692 and ended in 1693. Women were accused of being witches and using witchcraft to harm other people in the village. The trials began when three young girls became ill with an unknown disease. A local doctor diagnosed the girls as being possessed by the devil.
It is such an important factor in this play because as mentioned earlier it is what introduces the main point. After Goody Proctor got arrested Proctor was determined to prove her innocence and Abigail’s false allegations. He presents himself at court to talk to the “Excellency” about Abigail and the girls’ false visions. He has Mary Warren testify which catches Abigail off guard and she has to pretend that she is once again being attacked. Proctor angered by this calls her a whore and says “I have known her, sir.
Dayana Barrientos November 6, 2011 7 The unsupported lies manage to create hysteria among themselves, with many people attempting to search them out to expose or join them. Majority of the Puritans worshiped their religion. The Puritans accepted the interpretations of John Calvin on the nature of man, free will and predestination, and other basic concepts. Witches and the Devil were feared by the townspeople. Supposedly, the Devil walked on earth and tempted the townspeople to write their name with blood in a black book.