Witchcraft in the Salem Village and The Crucible Essay

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Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. A hysteria over it was caused by a group of girls. (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning. (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few have tried to use it. (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village hysteria was a major event in United States history, which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely. Witchcraft was a terrible crime that was punishable in severe ways. Witchcraft was a major crime in the…show more content…
In January of 1962, Betty Parris and Abigail Williams began to have strange fits after playing a fortune telling game. (Kent 111). After playing this game, Betty and Abigail seemed to be in the hands of the evil spirit. (Dolan 5). Many events lead up to the witchcraft hysteria. Witchcraft was the highest crime in the colonies. It started in November 1691 by some Puritan girls wanted to learn their futures from Tituba, a mysterious and weird servant. ("Salem Village"). The girls of Salem village joined Tituba to hear her magical stories that they all enjoined. (Kent 11). The girls for fun would tell each other’s fortune by dropping an egg white into a glass of water and interpreting the picture that formed. (Kent 11). This was the beginning of what was to come regarding the Hysteria of witchcraft. In 1691 of November some girls started getting their fortunes told by Tituba, a slave. One day, when Tituba put an egg into water to see the girl's future husbands, Betty (the youngest girl in the group and also Tituba's master's daughter) saw a coffin. (“Salem Village”). Afterwards, the girls started to act strangely. (“Salem Village”). After the girls joined Tituba were seen being weird, she was accused of being a witch. (“Salem Village"). Betty Parris caused the other girls slowly start having strange fits. Betty Parris had began the mischief between the young girls in the village. The
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