Witches And The Salem Witch Trials

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In January of 1692, the witchcraft hysteria began when a group of young girls became sick after playing a fortune-telling game and began acting strangely. These girls later became known as the “afflicted girls” (David 12). The afflicted girls, Elizabeth Booth, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mercy Lewis, Betty Parris, Ann Putnam, Jr., Susannah Sheldon, Abigail Williams, Mary Walcott, and Mary Warren are very important people in the Salem Witch Trials. There are conflicting opinions on whether or not witches exist. However, when taking a more in-depth look at the trials, it is very evident that witches in 17th century Salem did not exist; children were accusing people out of boredom, parents were using this as a type of revenge, and the witch tests were unjust. The 17th century Salem witch trials all started when 9-year-old Betty Parris and 11-year-old Abigail Williams began having fits, including violent contortions and uncontrollable outbursts of screaming. (Nardo 23) William Griggs, a local doctor, diagnosed the girls with bewitchment and immediately following their diagnostic other young girls in the community began exhibiting similar symptoms. This shows that it wasn’t until the other girls found out that Abigail and Betty have been bewitched that they started to have similar symptoms. Shortly after the girls began to name people that they believed were bewitching them, these women were, Sarah Good, Sarah Osburn, and a slave named Tituba. Soon after, Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah
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