Magic In Salem Witch

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Magic is everywhere. From the magic of your first kiss, the birth of a new baby, to the magic of imagination, there is truly no place that you can’t find magic. But, there is also the type of magic that comes from the unknown. For the people of Salem, Massachusetts, it was the only way to explain what they didn’t know. But, what really is magic and where did it originate? Who were the accusers and the victims and, theories on the reasons why. Magic is easily known as the fear of the unknown, and its role in making our day to day life easy or difficult, created witches and their craft. According to scholars of witchcraft, it was a belief system whose origin is the oldest of all the other religions. It actually dates 40,000 years back to Paleolithic…show more content…
While winter wore on, the girls began to show signs of odd sicknesses. When the village doctor called and could find nothing physically wrong with the girls, he concluded that the evil hand was on them. Mr. Parris begged the affected girls to name the witches, and so Elizabeth blurted out the name of Tituba and other names such as Sarah Good, a despised pipe-smoking beggar, and Sarah Osborne, who had scandalized the village by living openly with a man before marriage. In seven months time, seven men and thirteen women were executed for practicing witch craft, many on the basis of the testimony of ghosts and specters. Those who would not confess were killed and Tituba was spared and sold by the Parrises. When the frenzied accusations reached the height of colonial society, public opinion turned. Within 18 months, Governor William Phips had pardoned all suspected witches who had not been executed, even the executed were exonerated, though the name Salem endures as a symbol of societal…show more content…
Many theories from highly respected historians debate on what was the cause of what happened in Salem. Some say it was the outgrowth of conflicts between the rising merchants and the people who were tied to a land-based economy (farmers). Karlsen says that the many accused were women with property and no male heirs made a threat to an economic system based on the "orderly transfer of property from father to son". Modern experts view that as too simplistic an explanation. Other theories include child abuse, fortune-telling experiments gone amok, ergot-related paranoid fantasies (ergot is a fungus that grows on damp barley, producing a substance very similar to D-lysergic acid; in a pre-industrial society, it is easy to accidentally ingest it), conspiracy by the Putnam family to destroy the rival Porter family, and social victimization of women. There was also great stress within the Puritan community. A major factor that contributed to the witchcraft hysteria in 1692 that cannot be overlooked was the fear generated by strongly held Puritan beliefs that Satan and his demons were in the physical world, causing a multitude of problems while picking on ordinary human beings to assist the unholy armies of darkness by becoming witches and warlocks. The Salem witch trials of Colonial America resulted in a number of convictions and executions for witchcraft in 1692 in Massachusetts, the result of a period of fighting and Puritan

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