Cause Of The Salem Witch Trials Essays

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Causes of the Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trial of 1692 was an important event that took place at the Salem Village, situated in the Massachusetts Bay colony, in the 17th century. Several young girls began to depict hysterical behaviors and began suffering for fits. Upon being examined by the local physicians the girls were found to have been afflicted. The girls were pressurized on declaring names of the one bewitching them and the whole event started with the accusation of three girls, Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba that led to this dark event in history. There were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in which twenty people were hanged to death (“Salem witch trials”). “Nearly 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem during the summer of 1692” (“Salem Witch Trials - Further Readings”). A lot of historical and scientific research has been done in order to determine the causes of this phenomenon. This thesis will discuss five of these causes.

Strong belief in the Phenomenon. The Puritans believed very strongly in God and that he will protect his followers unconditionally. The church and Christian beliefs heavily influenced their lifestyle. They were expected to go to church and it was against the law not to attend church. They also believed that the Devil was among them and that witches were the workers of the Devil. “They defined witchcraft as entering into a compact with the devil in exchange for certain…

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