A Delusion of Satan Essay

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Ted Ford Dr. Strickland November 29, 2010 History 101 A Delusion of Satan A Delusion of Satan, was written by Frances Hill and covers in the personal situations of the people in Salem during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The book opens up describing the intense and strict life style of the Puritan. Then we go into discussion of the town of Salem at the time, being owned by mainly the Putman family. The pastor there, Samuel Parris, has lived there in Salem since 1689. He resides with his wife, his children, niece (Abigail Williams), and two Caribbean Indian slaves, Tituba and John Indian. The Parris family also had two other children with them which was common during this time. Then Abigail and one of Parris’s…show more content…
Puttman apologizes to the people stating that the people she accused, were in fact innocent, and that everything was entirely a great delusion of Satan. Now first reading the book in the introduction the author, Frances Hill, clearly feels obligated to share the stories of the Salem witch trials not for mere curiousity, but to show the world to cruelty of the human heart. Hill shows describtion of this, “Mercy Lewis was tortured by Elizabeth Proctor the very next day. Elizabeth would bite and pinch her.” (pg. 102). Now while reading this, biting and pinching doesn’t sound too awful, but what really was cruelty was the nature of punishment the Puritan’s would endure. In the first chapter, the Puritan lifestyle is described and so are Samuel Parris’s sermons. An example of his sermon’s would describe punishment as, “it is better have 1000 lashings than it is to spend in eternal fire.” Since the slightest thing, in a Puritan’s eye, is considered sinful and no punishment is too great for a small sin, there is no way to imagine the kind of lifestyle these people were living. While reading this book, there was a huge interest being sparked for wanting to know the true and evil nature of humans, however Hill really did not execute the delivery properly. At times the material felt unorganized and there was too much and too different information being stated at one time. In the beginnings of Chapter Four, there
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