The Salem Witch Trials : A Time Of Hysteria And Confusion

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The Salem Trials
Introduction - The Salem Witch trials was a time of hysteria and confusion. People were being accused and giving false confessions of witchcraft being performed on the people of Salem, Massachusetts.
Personal Statement - The delusion of witchcraft stemmed from fear. Fear of savages, fear of women gaining control and ultimately fear of the unknown.
RoadMap - It allowed for the town 's imagination to run rampant and to make up these far fetched ideas of how bewitchment came to be, how it affected salem, and how they chose to treat it.
Point one - According to 9 year old Elizabeth parris and 11 year old Abigail Williams began having outbursts of screamng and violent contortions. When the town doctor came to examine them he claimed they were under bewitchment.
Other girls in the community began to show the same symptoms including Ann Putnam, Mercy lewis, Mary Walcott, Elizabeth Hubbard, and Mary Warren. As these young girls were under their spells of bewitchment they would accuse other women in the town of causing these afflictions and scream out they were being hurt by these women. Among the accused was Tituba - The Parris slave -, a homeless woman named Sarah Good, and the elderly Sarah Osborn.
These three accused witches would stand trial in front of the magistrates, Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne, even as the accusers would show a display of spasms, contortions, and screaming.
Good and Osborn remained to plead not guilty and defend…
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