It all comes back to two young kids they were acting strange they were not them self people believed that they were possessed by the devil they were thought to be witches. how did the devil become associated with witches and witchcraft?
The Salem witch trials were a dark time in our history, filled with paranoia, betrayal, the innocence of children, and vengeance.The incident would be so severe that it would leave bitter scars that have continued to this day.
During the seventeenth century, many Puritans became fed up with the Church of England and its devilish ways. They wanted to break free from it, and make changes elsewhere. They got permission to set up a colony in Massachusetts Bay, and soon after that, over twenty-thousand Puritans fled from England to America. They decided to base their colony on the word of God, and believed God would protect them if they followed his commandments. This meant that if anyone were to sin, “they didn’t want God to protect them because they already worshiped the devil,” and “anyone who worshipped the devil was a witch who used witchcraft to possess others.” Because of this theory, many people were accused of being witches and using witchcraft. The most notorious series of hearings and prosecutions for those accused of witchcraft took place in Salem Village, Massachusetts, known as the Salem Witch Trials.
History shows the remarkable things that society has done over the years, it also shows where society failed and mistakes were made. This is the case of the Salem Witch Trials. The people of Salem experienced an event that would change them and the course of this country forever. The mass hysteria and rampant paranoia that swept New England in 1692, is what turned neighbor against neighbor. The Salem villagers would accuse one another of casting spells, consorting with the devil, and being witches, all of which was a punishable crime in the 17th century. ("Search")
Human beings always have been curious creatures. We are a species that is always searching for answers to unexplainable events. Take aliens for example. To us, aliens may or may not exist (depending on your individual belief of course). Yet we still take such an interest in them that we continuously search for answers and proof of alien. Now that we have modern day technology, we can attain “proof” of alien life-form somewhere deep in outer space. But given the date 1692 in New England, if we were to even come in contact with aliens it would have been considered some supernatural phenomena, and even cause quite a bit of hysteria. That is what happened to the puritans in Salem village during the Salem Witch Trials, in Massachusetts, in the year 1962. The puritans of Salem village were extremely paranoid, and they believed that if something can’t be explained then it had the devils influence. So when a group of Salem girls spoke up about the devil and witches, the villagers of Salem went into a panicked frenzy. Truth of the matter is that there were no witches in Salem nor was the devil at war against Salem; the Salem Witch Trials were only a result of endless lies, conspiracies, and side effects of an illness.
The Salem witch trials were a difficult time for the citizens of the Massachusetts Colony in the late seventeenth century. They were accused of practicing the Devil’s magic, which many believed to be real; so real that people were being imprisoned and executed for it. Between the years 1692 and 1693 there were over two hundred accusations and about 20 people and two dogs were killed altogether.
The Salem Witch Trials were a series of accusations, trials, and executions based on the supposed outbreak of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. The trials began during the spring of 1692, and the last of them ended in 1693. It all started when two young girls, Abigail and Betty Parris, began experiencing violent convulsions and outbursts, which were thought to be brought about by witchcraft. Whether they were faking these symptoms, were afflicted with an actual sickness, or were experiencing them because of some sort of psychological reason is widely debated, though it is known that the sisters accused their maid, Tituba, of forcing them to participate in witchcraft with her. Some who theorize about the causes of the trials dismiss the Parris girls involvement in the beginning and instead attribute the outbreak of accusations to judgement upon the members of society who break social or religious rules, or who struck the upright members of society as ‘strange’ and ‘suspicious’, such as the homeless, the poor, and old or widowed women. The cause of the hysteria that went on in Salem after this is what is speculated by so many. There are probably hundreds of theories out there, but a few in particular are more widely known, accepted, and supported than others.
Throughout history, there have been many cases of discriminatory accusations of people, including the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials were a string of trials, hearings and prosecutions of many people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts between the dates of February 1692 and May 1693. The trials ended up leading to the execution of twenty people, men and women, but mainly women. The Salem Witch Trials that took place about three hundred years ago affected the lives of everyday civilians during that time in ways such as politically, religiously, economically, fearfully, mentally, and sometimes in other various other ways.
The Salem Witch Trials were a sequence of hearings, prosecutions, and hangings of people who were thought to be involved in witchcraft in Massachusetts. These trials occurred between February 1692 and May 1693("The Salem Witch Trials, 1692." ). The Trials resulted in the execution of twenty people, in fact, most of them were women. The first of the trials began in several towns in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, such as Salem Village (currently known as Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich, and Andover("Salem Witch Museum." ). The most infamous trials were tried by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692, in Salem Town. Robert Calef, the author of More Wonders of the Invisible World, a book composed throughout the mid-1690s denouncing the recent Salem witch trials of 1692, summarized the trials saying
Flaming sermons, bewitched girls, accusations being thrown here and there, and executions terrified colonists during the Salem witch trials. The Salem witch trials are well known, but they are not the first in America and are very small compared to other witch hunts. In 1648 Margaret Jones was hanged for witchcraft in Massachusetts (Brooks). In Europe 110,000 people were questioned during the 1300s to the 1700s, and 40,000 to 60,000 people were executed (New World Encyclopedia).
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were a dark and very crucial time in American history. The late sixteen hundreds consisted of relying on young girls for the truth; but to what extent did the puritan’s religion and culture have in the proceedings of the Salem Witch Trials? A focus on the religion that the puritans believed in and their culture will be discussed. Also, how their faith turned them against those who were accused of witchcraft. It is also needed to discuss how they faith of the puritan’s even came about.
The Salem Witch Trials were a series of hearing and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in the colony of Massachusetts. This whole theory of witchcraft came when a few girls started acting strange and were taken before the judge because they were accused of witchcraft. When they were brought before the judge one of the girls admitted to witchcraft hoping that it would get her out of trouble. Instead she was hung as well as all the others girls because of this. Over time, 24 individual people, mostly women, were hung for practicing witchcraft. All women were hung except one man named Giles Corey. He was pressed to death. The town of Salem was worried that these people who were accused of witchcraft would spread and more people would
During the time of the Salem Witch Trials, many women and even a few men were accused of witchery. There have been many theories as to why the residents of Salem were being accused of witchcraft including mental illnesses, spiritual ideas, and the influence of the society. The most popular theory was spiritual ideas, which spread throughout the community. Some believed the hallucinations and strange actions were all caused by the devil and medicine could not cure it. The doctors believed the girls were “under an Evil Hand” (Carlson, 1999---page 10). People in Salem at the time thought one little mishap was the work of the devil and only the church could cure the person. Also, the people believed they could do all this because they had traded
In the past few weeks, it has come to my attention that, once again, history has started to repeat itself. Back in the days of the Salem witch trials, the magic and mystery that surrounded empowered women, resulted in their meaningless slaughter. Granted, it’s not quite that dramatic presently, but we are still receiving some negative backlash.
Imagine that you were a resident living in Salem Village in 1692. Everything was good in your life, and everyday you were doing same rituals. Cooking food, looking your children, working on the farm, reading the Bible, and attending to the church. Lately, everyone was whispering about the paranormal events that were happening the villagers’ daughters, but nobody knew what was happening to the girls. You were afraid of the supernatural because your religion taught you; it was something that would hurt you. Then, the most frightening theory came out: the magic. You were afraid of a witch like every villager because if it was real, the witch could harm you or your family. One day, you woke up and there were some people in front of your door and accusing you that you were a witch. They took you in jail because the girls pointed you as a witch. You did not know why the girls accused you or why your neighbors believed them because they knew you in a long time. You spent a long time in the dark and frigid jail. While they were examining you, the girls were screaming and wriggling crazy. They accused you for suffering the girls and wanted you to stop hurting the girls. If you did not have an idea about their insane actions how you could stop it. The jury gave you two choices: Confession or execution. If you confess, they would not kill you, but you would accept that you were a witch and you would not be able to change people’s viewpoint of you. If you kept saying that you were not a