Superstition, Panic, And Rumor

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Superstition, panic and rumor make for a deadly concoction, especially when spurred by religious zeal. While the actual trials may have only lasted for less than a year, Salem was indeed previously entrapped in a dangerous illusion of their own making for decades. Such as the nature of superstition and rumor, they curate an atmosphere of distrust, breeding paranoia because they are puzzles waiting to be fully realized. If they are not, then the paranoia only festers into madness and panic—growing anxiety. The divided colony of Salem devolves into a dramatic opera of fabrications, bent on exposing the most convenient of culprits. The dramatics become a glorious piece of abject theatre—a perverse freakshow—that coils into the roots of a frightened and tedious society, spreading like a sickness. It is a virus bred from the ugly convenience of rivalry, intolerance and pity quarrels. Salem first settled in 1628, beginning the Massachusetts Bay Colony. There are following events that exacerbated the overall feeling of paranoia, frustration and unease in the colonies that would later allow the trials to happen: The colony charter disputes that eventually led to King William’s War largely sending refugees into Salem Village, the raids of the indigenous peoples, the arrival of smallpox believed to have been brought to the colonies by the Carrier family and more. There was also controversy afoot when Reverend Samuel Parris, became Salem Village 's first ordained minister in 1689, as

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