Hysteria in Salem In 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, the superstition of witches existed in a society of strong Christian beliefs. Anybody who acted out of the ordinary was accused of being a witch and the accused would actually be forgiven if they blamed their accusations on another individual. In this play, a group of young girls is accused of being witches. These girls then blame other people in order to get out of trouble and even pretend to be "bewitched" in front of the court during a trial. This leads into the deaths of the innocent people who are accused and automatically found guilty.
The fear generates distrust among one another and causes false accusation. These accusations are mainly towards women. When a woman does something out of the ordinary or when something happen because of natural causes she is automatically accused of witchcraft, for example when Mrs. Putnam accuses Rebecca Nurse for the death of her babies. Town’s people usually see those things as a threat to them and the only way to get rid of these women who show any kind of witchcraft is to exterminate by hanging them. As we look back on time we see that communism was a big threat to us after World War II.
Both events emanated from false accusations, gained momentum from the influence of public leaders, and ceased after the accusations proved to be inaccurate. The witch-hunts created two of America’s most infamous periods as they instilled fear into the public and wrongfully punished innocent people. Both affairs would not have originated were it not for the spread of harsh and unjust accusations. Unsubstantiated rumors led to the outbreak of accusations within the two witch-hunts. In the Salem Witch Trials, Sarah Good, Sarah Osbourne and Tituba were the first three women to be accused of witchcraft for allegedly afflicting Betty Paris and Abigail Williams, two young girls, with a demonic disease.
It fair to say, in addition, that if his betrayal caused this extensive pain that clouded him after he murders Duncan, Banquo and the Macduff’s that it wasn’t a case of fate and was his own doing. However is he to blame? Or does the bulk fall on Lady Macbeth and the three witches. From his very first meeting with the witches, Macbeth's mind became instantly plagued with thoughts of murder and treachery a trait that was instantly noticed by Banquo "Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear; Things that do sound so fair?" showing us that the thought of murder was already at the back of his mind.
Part of McCarthyism was paranoia and finding scapegoats and blaming innocent people, without viable evidence, for something they didn’t do. In ‘The Crucible’ people were assumed guilty of witchcraft and compacting with the devil. If someone said they were. McCarthyism was the exact same except instead of accusing people of witchcraft they accused them of being a communist. The accused had two options; either they “admit” to being a witch/communist and name others, or maintain their innocence and be hanged/blacklisted.
In 1692 Salem Massachusetts was well established with Puritans. Anxiety has been with the Puritans from the very beginning. Afraid of death by starvation, diseases, and savages. The Puritans began to see that they were losing their place in the world and that both the devils and the Indians were lined against them. The fear allows the witch trial hysteria to take over.
In Salem, Massachusetts strange laws were made when thehunting of ³witches´ began. They believed moles were signs of witches¶ mark and those whowere thought to be a witch was hung and killed. Thus, the Salem witchcraft trials and the Stonorebellion both politically and socially reflected tensions in colonial society.Socially, the class divisions played a huge role in the tensions in colonial society. Slaveswere being treated as property and not as living things and these African Americans did not likeit. So In South Carolina, a group of slaves (about 20) gathered by the Stono River and revolted.These slaves raided firearms shop and killed 20 whites colonists while marching south towardsSt.
What Caused the Salem Witch Trial Hysteria of 1692? Throughout the 17th century, New England, witchcraft was a crime punishable by death. The people believed that everyone was going to hell, unless they worked hard, but that was only a portion of the work. Anyone was a suspect of witchcraft, it could have been the married women, it could have been the person walking next to you, or even the most Christianized person, you could have known. People were condemned of performing witchcraft by false accusations which were led by marital status, and depth of belief, which may have been the causes of the Salem hysteria.
They made life miserable for those accused and did not stop, even when they had had their “fun”. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, draws obvious parallels between the 1950’s Red Scare and the witch-hunts that took place in Salem of 1692. Miller connects the hysteria brought about through accusations thrown around by both Senator McCarthy and Abigail Williams by emphasizing how much power their groups hold over everyone. During the times of the Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare, fear ruled those unfortunate enough to be involved in nearly any conflict. Be it fear of witchcraft or communism,the fact is that it swept throughout the early and post-industrial United States.
The Witch scare was simply fueled by allegations of unholy acts. John Proctor from the novel “ The Crucible” quotes,” I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem—vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law.” Accusations were fueled by vengeance by people of all kinds during the Witch scare. Here we see that even crazy little children could provide testimonies filled with vengeance, which were used to convict the accused victims. The testimonies of the Witch scare were from all ages, which were sometimes acted out.