The Trial Of The Salem Witch Trials

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During the year of 1692, the villages of Salem Village and Salem Town became incriminated in the hunt of questionable witches or heretics among their residents. “Nineteen people were executed for witchcraft, one died after being crushed to death during his questioning, and seven more died in prison awaiting trial after a special tribunal was created to address the accusations.” Later on the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and eventually compensated the families of those convicted. The Salem Witch Trials were an event in history that displays how unjust the judicial system can be. In this paper I will highlight the origin in where the Salem Witch Trials began and I will explore the life of John and Elizabeth Proctor, victims of this event.
The original belief in witchcraft extends far back into ancient times. From the early civilization of Mesopotamia, in The Code of Hammurabi witchcraft is considered as a serious crime and rules death as the penalty for practicing it. Also in the ancient law of the Hebrews, Exodus 22:18, it reads, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” “Later in the Bible, the prophet Samuel admonishes King Saul of the Israelites, for seeking the aid of “the Witch of Endor.” For this sin God punishes him and his sons with death, and the destruction of his army by Israel’s enemy, the Philistines.” This gave the people of Salem justification for their actions. “In the aforementioned examples, witchcraft was defined as the act of invoking…

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