The witchcraft hysteria Essay

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The witchcraft hysteria



The Witchcraft Hysteria


In 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, the superstition of witches existed in a society of
strong puritan beliefs. Anybody who acted out of the ordinary was accused of being a
witch, and then the accused would actually be forgiven if they admitted it and told the
court of anyone else that was with the devil. This was one of the main themes of the play
entitled, The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In this play a group of young girls act up and
are then accused of being witches. These girls then blamed other people in order to get
out of trouble, and even pretended to be “bewitched” in front of the court
during the trial. This leads into the deaths of some innocent people who were accused and
automatically found guilty. I believe, in many ways the people of Salem were responsible
for the witch hysteria in Salem.

The person with the most influence was Abigail. Abigail had an affair with John Proctor.
Elizabeth Proctor, John’s wife, then fired Abigail. Abigail was jealous because of
John’s lack of attention. So Abigail, a few other girls, and a servant from the
Caribbean named Tituba danced around in the woods hoping a spell would kill
Proctor’s wife. Reverend Parris, Abigail’s uncle, sees them and reports them
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