Salem Witch Trials Essay

1479 Words Mar 21st, 2011 6 Pages
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were a series of trials in which twenty-four people were killed after being accused of practicing witchcraft. These trials were caused by different social climates of the area including the very strong lack of a governor, the split between Salem Village and Salem Town, and the strict puritan lifestyle during the time period. Tituba, the black slave, was a foreigner from Barbados. Her role in society was to take care of Mr. Parris’s family. Tituba’s situation contributed to her role in the witch trials because Mr. Parris promised her freedom if she confessed guilty. Tituba also realized that with her false confession of being a witch also helped keep her life, therefore she accused other people in the village …show more content…
The Village wanted to break away from the Town because “Many of Salem Village farming families believed that Salem Town’s thriving economy made it too individualistic. This individualism was opposition to the communal nature practiced by that Puritanism mandated” (Sutter, par. 3). Eventually, a separation occurred under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Parris. Parris began running a sermon at the Salem Village Meetinghouse. Parris raised local taxes at the church to satisfy his needs, which upset many villagers, creating a faction of people against him. This proves that the tension between the Village and the Town contributed to the social climate because since Parris was one of the main instigators of the witch trials, this would lead many people to be biased for or against his opinions regarding the trials. Another contributing factor to the social climate was the strict puritan lifestyle. This was a contributing factor because the puritans believed in the devil as much as they believed in God. One who followed god was seen as a witch. Certain things in the puritan lifestyle were deemed as “the devil’s work” and would result in being accused of being a witch. These puritan ways were particularly harsh on the children, as they were expected to follow the same rules the adults. “Any show of emotion, such as excitement, fear, or anger, was discouraged, and disobedience was severely punished. Children rarely played, as

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