Tragic Times In Salem
Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials was a horrific event that occurred in colonial Massachusetts between the years 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 ended up being executed. Some researchers believe that there may have been other current events that were affecting the trials during the same time period. Throughout this research paper I will explain the Salem Witch Trials and show the research I have done in terms of the events that may have a connection to the event, along with other factors that may have influenced the Salem Witch Trials.
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Citizens who had a close association with someone who was already accused of witchcraft you were likely to be accused as well. Basically if you acted in any way that was not considered “normal” then you could be accused of witch craft.
The executions at Salem were not the first of their kind in the American colonies, but these were the first cases that really caught the citizens eyes, because of all of the executions and harsh punishments. Witchcraft was first thought to be seen in Reverend Samuel Parris’s daughter Betty Parris. She screamed, threw herself and other objects around the room, uttered strange sounds and noises, crawled under furniture, and contorted themselves into peculiar positions all over the house. She complained of being pinched and pricked with pins all over her body. The doctor, which history believes to be William Griggs, could find no physical evidence of any ailment. Prior to 1692, there had been some rumors of witchcraft being used in other villages neighboring Salem Village and other towns nearby. After other young women in the village began to exhibit the same, or similar behaviors people started to look to witchcraft for the answer to such strange actions. The first three people that were accused and arrested for affiliation with the devil through witch craft were Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, and Ann Putnam. After these three main girls got accused, outbreaks of with craft started to infect the town, and there were people everywhere getting accused for witchcraft, or affiliation with the devil. The accused were told to either confess and be sent to jail, or if they didn't confess the would be executed.
The first person to be accused of practicing witchcraft was an African American named Tituba who served as a servant to Samuel Parris. She was accused of practicing witchcraft by using spells and communicating with the devil by Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams. She was also the first person that confessed to using witchcraft during the trials of 1692. When she was first accused of witchcraft she denied it, and it wasn't until Samuel Parris beat her that she confessed. During her confession she listed off all different types of witchcraft that she claimed to have seen be used. She also accused other people of practicing it with her.In the Novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller gives his version of the story, and explains the her character. In the novel Tituba states “But he say, "You work for me, Tituba, and I make you free! I give you pretty dress to wear, and put you way high up in the air, and you gone fly back to...