English 111H Period 4
March 3, 2013
The Salem Witch Trial
When people think about The Salem Witch Trial, the first thing that comes to mind is “oh it's just a bunch of wannabe witches being killed.” But in reality they were innocent people being accused by a bunch of little girls trying to get got of trouble. People were very suspicious and paranoid about everything back then-if a few people in the village suddenly became ill, it was because of a "witch". Remember, they had no science to explain anything, so they had to make up stuff that seems ridiculous to us today. They feared what they didn't know and understand, therefore seeking any kind of solution . . . in this case their fear led to The Salem witch trial. Why did the Salem witch trial occur? Were these trials appropriate? Or were they truly a Devil's work? The Salem Witch Trials might have occurred for a variety of reasons such as people's ignorance that led to superstitions. It might have also occurred because people's crave for power, or it might also be because of fear. The Salem witch trial hysteria of 1692 was caused by superstition, lack of evidence, and theory of the fungus called ergot.
When superstition causes great fear then people do extreme things. Because of the superstition, witchcraft made many people became hysterical and accused women of being witches for ridiculous reasons. One reason included Goody Putnam's babies dying at birth. Many of the people of Salem feared for their lives, causing them to make these accusations for what they believed was self preservation. If a person fears death enough they will do whatever is possible to prevent it. In the end common sense comes to another town called Andover and the people realize that superstition is exactly what it is... superstition. There is no evidence to support superstition. In The Crucible the people of Andover realize that the accusations of witchcraft are completely false and steeped in...
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