Essay about The Salem Witch Trials, Hysteria and Religion

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Salem Massachusetts became the center of a horrible tragedy, which changed the life of many people. It was a hard time, because of the bad crops and diseases. The people in Salem had to blame someone or something. This people accused innocent people by calling them witches. They were accused by having contact with the devil, hurting people, to pinch people on their bodies and more. These actions were result of hysteria. Maybe those extraneous symptoms were result of an illness or bacteria. On the Bible says “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” This mean that any type of witch or curse will not live, so I think that quote or versus in the Bible want to explain that we need to fight against the devil, those people who are practicing …show more content…
The Doctor in town also said that was witchcraft.
There was a new way to convict a person called Spectral evidence. For example, if a girl or boy has a dream and dreamed about someone hurting them, they could use that evidence to accuse that person. There was no way to fight against spectral evidence. If someone was accused, there was no way out, they will be guilty. This made the Salem witch trials so different from any other trials. One of the first people accused were: Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba. Tituba is the first that confessed guilty and the others were saying that they were not guilty. Tituba was send to jail. Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good were hung.
One example is that they used this versus: “A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and time to build up.” This versus is contradictory at what the Bible says, they exaggerate those words, they didn’t think about their actions, they only read the versus and do what the Bible says. But they had to think in consequences; they had study the bible to do the correct thing. By the end of the trials thirty-five women and thirteen men had been accused by their neighbors. The horrible trials started in 1692 and ended in 1693. When the wife of the minister was accused, many people started to have doubts about the witches and trials. The Governor’s wife was accused and then he put an end to the trials. It ended in September 22,
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