Salem Witch Trials

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Anh Nguyen
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The Salem Witch Trials Religions have long been not only a controversial topic among societies, but it also played an important role as a foundation of the early North American social as well as religious life. As their main belief was that God should be involved in aspects of one’s life and worshiped constantly, any behaviors or motivation going against his will were all considered as sins, thus, they must be punished. One of the great way to envision the power of religion in North America is to learn about Puritanism and the infamous Salem witchcraft. Although this epidemic tragedy caused chaos in the community itself, the Salem witch trials were a tragic but not a surprising occurrence.
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The trials first sparked and that the witch-hunt events were put into a serious concern was when the three young girls were caught performing rituals in the woods outside the village. The girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, and Ann Putnam, all were young girls of the Salem village, claimed to perform some type of fortune-telling rituals as to find the hints of their future husbands, as well as to ask for more information on what type of man would be most suitable for them to marry. (need more warrants to show how it became a “superstitious suspicion”) After this event became a superstitious suspicion, Reverend Samuel Parris, father of Betty Parris, called on the authorities in order to explain for such hysterical type fits. And of course, there was no explanation found that seemed to be more reasonable than …show more content…
Since the church had just gained its independence from the church in Salem town, thus causing many conflicts among residents between the town and village, Reverend came to the Salem at a very tumultuous time. Because it was his daughter and niece who were involved in the hysterical rituals in the woods, Reverend Parris fully agreed on the witchcraft phenomenon. As a result, he started the witch hunts, and pushed his congregation into this belief, which encouraged the hysteria to continue. (evidences for this

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