Salem Witch Trials : Trials Essay

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Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trials Between the months of June to September of 1692 the infamous witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts resulted in the deaths of twenty men and women as a result of witchcraft charges. Hundreds of others faced accusations and dozens were jailed for months during the process of the trials. There are a variety of explanations for the hysteria that overtook the population of Salem. A combination of religious, political, and societal aspects contributed to the crisis. However, at the end of the day, I think it was the strict nature of the Puritan religion that caused the corruption in Salem.
There were a number of religious factors that contributed to the Salem witch trials. Among these are the influence of the strict Puritan lifestyle, the believed presence of the Devil in the community, and a conspiracy theory involving the town ministers. The Puritan lifestyle was heavily influenced by the church. Members of the Puritan society were expected to follow a strict set of rules. They believed that anything that went against this code was a sin and was worthy of punishment. The Puritans also believed strongly in the wrath of god and did everything in their power not to receive it. The puritan lifestyle had deep roots in the small community of Salem. Even though the population of Salem at the time of the witch trials cannot be stated with one-hundred percent confidence, “a reasonable estimate for the…

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