Who's to Blame in the Salem Witch Trials?

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Who’s to blame in the Salem witch trials? Deep inside a town in Massachusetts, innocent people were accused of the devil’s work. Twenty-five people dead, an entire village on the brink of insanity, and a gathering of young girls possessed by demons defined the year 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. What began as a childish game metamorphosed itself into mass hysteria. A combination of irresponsibility and village politics led to the demise of innocence. It has been said that children will be children, as if to imply that the natural order of life begins with the immaturity and foolishness that goes along with childhood. In the case of the Salem Witch Trials, girlish childhood games escalated into something far more severe and serious. The one to blame for all of these complications would be Abigail Williams. Abigail Williams is vengeful, selfish, manipulative, and a magnificent liar. This young lady seems to be uniquely gifted at spreading death and destruction wherever she goes. She has an eerie sense of how to manipulate others, to gain control over them. All these things add up to her being marvelously guilty for the death of John Proctor and others. The witch trials all began when a foreign slave woman, Tituba, claimed to be able to read the fortunes of her master’s niece, Abigail. The child’s fascination grew and soon the young lady’s friends, Mary Warren, Susanna Walcott, and Mercy Lewis were invited to join in on the fun. One day, however, the minister (Uncle of the child) stumbled into their games and became outraged. As Salem was a strict Puritan community, it is easy to understand the fervent disgust felt by the minister. Instead of accepting the punishment sure to be given, Abigail pretended that she and her friends have had become bewitched because of their “satanic” games. The girls’ performances were so talented that they convinced the entire county.
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