Executed For Witchcraft In 1692: Fourteen Women, Five Men

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Executed for witchcraft in 1692: fourteen women, five men and two dogs. In the end of the witch hunt: 19 innocents would be hung, 4 would die in prison and one man pressed to death. The Salem Witch trials is an event referred to today as the time-period where witches were burnt on the stake. Today, witches are featured in films and television with little to no fear publicly shown. But the witch hunts of the 1600’s would be a result of not only fear, but the hopes of gaining the attention of the public eye. The three major factors that influenced the Salem Witch Trials were fear, religion, and hunger for power. What needs to be known to understand the events that would occur are the ideas of the Puritans during the time-period. The…show more content…
In 1688, hysteria and paranoia would spread. Colonists were fearful of fellow citizens being witches after children are possessed, acting weirdly being told stories about witchcraft. The children would be cured through prayer and fasting. The potential witch would be executed. The execution of a witch was essential to the Puritan’s religion because the Roman Catholic Church looked upon witches and witch craft as an act of treason. Previously, witchcraft was used to execute those who turned their back on the church since the King was also the head of the Church. Since the Bible is the word of God, the reasonings were religious behind the executions. Massive witch hunts were common in Europe before Salem. Since witchery was frowned upon and considered a sin and when paranoia occurred in the community, the people were determined to execute the accused. In the Puritan’s religion, it was believed that not only one’s own faith determined their destiny to Heaven or Hell, but also the communities. When one was considered to be against God’s faith, it was a top priority to purify the colony. But, there had to be some sort of proof that the accused really was a witch to justify further punishment. Tangible signs were necessary to claim a person as a witch before he or she could be put on trial and possibly executed. A guidebook would soon
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