Reasons Behind The Salem Witch Trials

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Jaquelin Lopez History 1301- Dr.Frawley April 30, 1017 Reasons behind the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 The Salem Witch Trials were a series of trials in the 1690s which accused society members of practicing witchcraft, they took place in Salem, Massachusets. What caused this mass hysteria to occur? Some contributing factors could include some socio-economic reasons, an overbearing Puritan society and the influential sense that witchcraft was taking place all over the world. Massachusetts was settled by English puritans, faithful Anglican people who wanted to get away from Great Britain to purify their faith and religion, they didn’t agree with the liberalism that people lived with in England. When they came they brought their religious…show more content…
Originally, rumors of violence blended into tales of witchcraft, war stories circulated in the town, and the girls in it were frightened by what they heard. Violent stories from the North along with their hyperactive imagination and their own imagined tales, they began to formulate a larger mythopoeic structure; a fantasy for themselves. These rumors grew inevitable to everyone in town the winter of 1692. This is the reason why witchcraft became such a scandal in all of Massachusetts not just Salem. Because these people had never gone through something like this before and that is also why they did not know how to deal with the problem. These rumors were supported by two girls in the family of Reverend Samuel Parris: his nine-year old daughter, Elizabeth and his eleven year old niece, Abigail Williams (Dickinson 20). Elizabeth became uncommonly ill, whispers that Elizabeth’s illness was not natural soon carried on all over Salem. This was ironic in the sense that the two girls who started this were related to the person guiding the Salem community in their religious faith. At the beginning the Salem Witch Trials did target the lower class. After being accused the girls began targeting other women in the village who were tormenting them; Sarah Good, Sarah Osborn, and Tituba (Dickinson 16). Part of the reason why these teenage girls were so involved in accusing other was their thirst for attention. Since Puritans were
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