Salem Witchcraft Trials Essay

3293 Words Nov 3rd, 2015 14 Pages
Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 during the Witchcraft Trials must have been a mysterious but, scary place to live. Over the year historians have attempted to uncover the reason behind the witchcraft hysteria, some blamed it on political motives, childhood boredom, and biological reasons. The entire witchcraft hysteria started over unexplained affliction doctors couldn’t explain. Allegations were made against mothers, wives and daughters, rich widows, sea captains, army officers and ministers in the upper society no one was safe. The most surprising allegations of witchcraft took place among educated people in the mist of the scientific revolution. I will attempt to discuss several reasons for the hysteria then you can decide for …show more content…
Another was Sarah Osborne an invalid, offended church members as she was to ill to attend church and Tituba, the Parris slave who had played fortune telling games. This was surely a strange time, in Salem. Sarah Good maintained her innocence, but could not prove she was not a witch, her husband spoke against her and she was eventually hanged. Sarah Osborne also claimed to be innocent, stating she was a witchcraft victim, not a witch. Tituba took five days giving a fantastic testimony. She told of strange creatures threatening to harm her if she didn’t harm Betty and other girls. She stated the “the devil came to me and bid me serve him”. Historians believed Tituba was often beaten by Samuel Parris her owner until she followed his wishes and therefore Tituba thought she was telling a story her owner wanted to hear, keeping her from another beating. As the witch trials continued it became clear the typical witch was female, middle age between forty and sixty, was of English and Puritan background, married with few or no children, frequently involved with trouble or conflict with others, had been previous accused of a crime of theft, slander or other forms of assaultive speech, doctoring on a local or informal basis, low social position and abrasive in style, contentious in character and resilient in the face of adversity. In the last few centuries,

Related Documents