Escaping Salem Witch Trials Analysis

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In the novel Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 by Richard Godbeer depicted a tale of fascinating events that took place. In the town of Stamford, Connecticut in the year of 1692 resided a young girl name Katherine Branch who served as a responsible house servant for Daniel and Abigail Wescot. Katherine Branch never gave the Wescot’s any trouble when it came to doing her daily duties such as cleaning, and doing errands. On one fine day Kate was sent out to a nearby field to pick some herbs for the Wescot’s. Kate had returned empty handed and her eyes were filled with tears running down her face. She was moaning with her hands against her chest as if she had seen the devil himself (Godbeer, 14). Katherine Branch began claiming to …show more content…
Both Katherine Branch, and Elizabeth Parris had made accusations against women who seem to have been considered too had been unimportant members of their society (Rice). In Salem, Elizabeth Parris had accused a town beggar in which it allowed people to come forth in agreement that she was in fact a witch. In Stamford Katherine Branch had seem to only name the people that had gotten into a lot of altercations with neighboring people in which, they also agreed with the accusations (Godbeer, 35). The start of the Salem witch trials and the Stamford witch trials differed because, the beginning of the witch hunt in Salem began from the voodoo magic that Tituba had displayed to both Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams. In Salem the fits of the girls to seemed to have been worse than that of Katherine Branch’s fit because they were having thoughts of suicide (Rice). In Salem people were more paranoid than those living in Stamford, which led to a more aggressive approach for rounding up alleged witches …show more content…
Stamford and Salem had so much in common but were yet so different from one another. In the novel “Escaping Salem Godbeer reveals that the New England society was very intimidated and easily convinced by things that went against their beliefs. This reaffirms the infamous Salem Witch Trials because it shows that when people are fearful they are pushed to do harsher things. Doing research on stuff like the Salem Witch Trials is important to study in today’s time, so things like that won’t repeat

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