The Salem Witch Trials


Were witches ever really a threat to humans or were they just a figment of our imagination? During the year of 1692 in a small village named Salem, approximately fifty people were hung and one pressed to death due to witchery. These people were all tried and convicted in a court of law, yet what court will allow these people to be convicted of something that is based only on spectral evidence? The Puritans were deeply religious and believed that the devil was among them, that the devil lived in the forest surrounding them. This belief clouded their judgment. Which allowed the church to be the most important institution. An institution that created and enforced the law, laws that were ...

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that they were practicing witchery. “Now then, in the midst of such disruption, my own household is discovered to be the very center of some obscene practice. Abominations are done in the forest-“ Due to their belief that the devil is a living entity, Proctor accuses his niece of witchery with out any knowledge of what truly happened. This accusation then causes the witch trials.
During the church began to suspect all members of the society. They began to investigate the attendance of mass. Due to this investigation Mr. Hale visited Mr. Proctor and asked him of his absences. “Good, then. In the book record that Parris keeps, I note that you are rarely in church on Sabbath day.” In today’s society your attendance in church has no bias in weather you are guilty of innocent of a crime. It is your choice in weather you attend church or not.
The puritan’s government contained many loopholes. These loopholes allowed Mr. Putnam to get away with murder. Mr. Putnam was ...

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