The Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials were a prime part of American history during the early 17th century. During this time, religion was the prime focus and way of life within colonies. This was especially true for the Puritan way of life. Puritans first came to America in hopes of practicing Christianity their own way, to the purest form. The Puritans were fundamentalists who believed every word transcribed in the Bible by God was to be followed exactly for what it was. The idea of the devil controlling a woman and forming her into a Witch was originated from people’s lack of awareness on illness, disease or simple hysteria. The Colonists lack of expertise on the methodical approach through sciences, left them concluding to a spiritual phenomenon. …show more content…
Today Historians think the idea of local conflicts and disputes over land were prior to, many of the accusations. People more than often spread rumors for their own satisfaction to witnessing the destruction of somebody else or to simply take the light shown on them off. This philosophy was prevalent throughout the duration of the Salem Witch Trials.
In the playwright, The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, one famous story is told of what happened in one small town during the start of the Witch Trials. This story originated in the colony of Salem in the year 1692. Reverend Parris, the lead minister of the town, just relocated to Salem with his daughter, Betty Parris and niece, Abigail Williams. Betty Parris was stricken with a strange illness that left several civilians of the town puzzled. They concluded that it was the working of the devil. They presumed that since most of the girls were dancing in the forest like heathens, the devil had control of one of them making her a witch. Abigail claimed it was the fault of Tituba, who was the slave of Reverend Parris. To take the blame off of one another, the girls insisted on telling all of the people who they thought were witches and forced all of them

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