Due to the fact that Elizabethans were afraid of evil, the odd people in communities started being accused of witchcraft. Witchcraft had a great impact of the daily and social lives of the Elizabethans. Soon neighbors slung accusations at each other and started ruckus all over England. Children rolled on the floor having convulsions and blaming random people for hexing or possessing them (Saintives). Anyone with odd names, weird looks, or were found mumbling chants, were accused of witchcraft and were put to death.
The Puritans viewed the Indians as devil worshipers, and witches were viewed as servants of the devil. They saw the Devil 70 miles away, and were fearful of them. There was always a fear that the devil was nearby and were always suspicious, and frightened. The Puritans believed that if the Devil could get you to join his ranks you were a witch and shall not be trusted. Women during the time were considered to be weaker than men, and therefore less likely to resist the Devil if he visited them.
The three witches are to some degree responsible for Macbeth’s demise. In Shakespearean era, the people were increasingly preoccupied with witches and witchcraft. They acknowledged witches and their supernatural powers. Thus Macbeth Becomes by predicting that Macbeth will be king, prompting him to become king at all cost. Nevertheless, it is the innate evil in Macbeth that makes him curious about their predictions.
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.
Witches were described as “outspoken” and were said to be widows who received land and money from their dead husbands. Old women were usually accused of witchcraft by adolescent girls. People believe these young girls who were under strict restrictions would rebel by
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. They had been accused of witchcraft out of rumors about their “outcast” natures and eccentricities by other girls and were sent to jail despite any tangible evidence of their alleged connection with witchcraft. A spread of accusations arose within Salem following their arrest, most of which had their basis in rumor rather than on concrete evidence. During the period of McCarthyism, Senator Joseph McCarthy accused two hundred and five people of being “card carrying” communists in a speech in Wheeling, Virginia. He accused government employees,
Her relationship with Macbeth represents Macbeth’s struggle to control his destiny. Lady Macbeth is one of the physical manifestations of the witches. She displays several traits of a witch. First, she is impotent, a condition believed to be caused by soccery. Macbeth is at first skeptical of the witches’ claims.
Hysteria leads the people of Salem to believe that those who were friends are executing witchery and associating themselves with the devil. The continuous accusations of witchery present the people of Salem with a chance to redeem long-term grudges. The abundant case of Abigail Williams uses the current situation to indict charges on Elizabeth Proctor, having her sent to jail. Not to be entirely blamed, Reverend Parries also pronounces his placement in society by accusing the people who question his authority. Hysteria can prosper from those who feed off of it.
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.
Crucible/Modern-day Witch Hunt The “Wenatchee sex ring witch hunt” parallels the witch-hunt of The Crucible because in both cases devout Christians are being unfairly persecuted as a result of unfounded accusations made by teenagers, who are incapable of understanding the ramifications of their accusations. The most obvious example from The Crucible is when Rebecca nurse, the saintly, angelic character of the play, is accused of witchcraft by guilty teenagers trying to shift the focus of blame away from themselves. In act II Reverend Hale, who is brought to rid the evil from Salem, is troubled about Rebecca’s accusation and that “… if Rebecca Nurse be tainted, then nothing’s left to stop the whole green world from burning” (Miller 67). It is somewhat ironic that Mr. Hale is so concerned and in disbelief of Rebecca being accused yet he let’s her fate “… rest upon the justice of the court” (Miller 67). However, that very court was itself guilty of unjustifiably assuming that the accused were guilty of witchcraft and would sentence them to death unless they admitted to such.