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The Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller Essay

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Many crucial events lead to the Salem Witch trials. The trials ended in a gruesome manner, and conflicts were at the root of the cause. The Salem Witch trials were the result of illogical-mass hysteria, and were induced by grudge holding people who used the trials to harm their foes. The play opened with the girls doing something considered taboo in Puritan society, dancing in the woods. The girls involved in this were Abigail Williams, Betty Parris, Mary Warren, Ruth Putnam, and a few others. Tituba, Reverend Parris’s slave from Barbados was also with them. All of the girls involved were caught by Reverend Samuel Parris, the minister of Salem. When Reverend Parris catches the girls dancing in the woods, his daughter Betty Parris becomes…show more content…
Later on Hale asks Abigail if they were conjuring spirits, she then says that it was all Tituba's doing. Hale finds Tituba and asks her a serious of questions, and Tituba denies all of them. This puts Hale at a crossroad, Abigail later continues to blame Tituba and says that she was forced to drink blood. Tituba responds with saying that Abigail basically forced her into conjuring spirits in the wood. Again, Hale is at a crossroad, not knowing what side to take. In an attempt to save herself from the punishment for witchcraft, Abigail begins to name all of the girls that are supposedly witnesses, her actions officially spark the trials. Reverend Parris sends for the Marshal to help get this resolved. As the trials go on, many more accusations are made. Giles Corey accuses Putnam of trying to get other landowners hanged for witchcraft so that he can have their land for himself. Marshall Danforth asks for a source and the person’s name. Giles says that he cannot give out the person’s name. Giles is in the court because his wife, Martha Corey had been arrested and accused of witchcraft. She gave away a pig to a man, and the pig became ill and died shortly after the pig was acquired. Francis Nurse is in the court because his wife, Rebecca Nurse was arrested too. He along with Giles continue to confront Danforth about Putnam’s doing, but Danforth responds with that they will have to put their thoughts into writing
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