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The Salem Witchcraft Trials/ A break with Charity Essay

  • Submitted by: princesspink132
  • on November 16, 2008
  • Category: History
  • Length: 861 words

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There were many people in early times that believed in witchcraft. The Medieval people and the Romans. They all believed in it in different ways though. The biggest problems in history with witchcraft began in New England and Europe in the early 1600’s. The problems spread to the puritan colony of Massachusetts.
    In the late 1600’s the problem really began. The puritans were extremely religious. They believed something was completely wrong or totally evil. There was a specific family, it was the Parris’s. In their home lived; the father, Samuel Parris, his daughter Betty and his niece Abigail Williams, and the slaves, Tituba and her husband, John Indian. When the father was out hunting the girls would get bored at home. The servant, Tituba would tell them supernatural tales of fairies and spirits. Sometimes other young puritan girls would come over these were: Ann Putnam; the twelve-year-old daughter of Thomas Putnam (a wealthy leading citizen), Mercy Lewis; the Putnam’s other nineteen year old servant, Elizabeth Hubbard, the seventeen year old niece of the town’s doctor (Dr. William Griggs), Mary Walcott, sixteen year old daughter of Putnam, and Mary Warren; the servant of the Salem’s tavern keeper John Procter.
    These girls began to do more than listen to Tituba’s stories. They began to get her to read their fortunes. Samuel parries would have been highly upset if he knew about this. One day they dropped the white of an egg into a cup and the blob formed into what looked like a coffin. The blob was to determine the future; they thought it meant someone was going to die.
    Betty Parris was not used to all this. She had been tought the fear of sin as she grew.   In late December 1691, she began to act oddly. She complained that she had knifelike pains throughout her. Betty experienced temporary loss of speech, sight, hearing, and appetite. She also began to suddenly weep at random, and she was absent minded and forgot her chores. When the Parris’s...

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