The Consequences And Causes Of The Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem witch trials began in February 1692 when two young children, Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris, began to act in a strange manner (chronology of events relating to the Salem witch trials, n.d.), showing signs of fits and hysterics (important persons in the Salem court records, n.d.). During this period in time where fear of the devil was much more common and superstition was a part of daily life for practically everyone it was easiest to blame witchcraft when both girls spoke of being possessed by the devil and pointed fingers at several local women – Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne (Salem witch trials, n.d). The colonists’ fear and overwhelming belief in the supernatural evolved this isolated incident into a witch hunt of massive proportions, with well over one hundred citizens accused of witchcraft over the following months.
A physician, Doctor Griggs, examined the children. He also comes to the conclusion that their
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He had several children with his wife and he knew that if he was accused his estate would not be inherited by them. Wanting to ensure they were properly taken care of, Giles Corey put off his sentencing by refusing to enter a plea (Brooks, 2011). English law supported this at the time by stating that anybody accused would be tortured until he either answered or died, a legal tactic called “peine forte et dure” (Brooks, 2011). From September sixteenth until September nineteenth, Corey was tortured in a field in an effort to get a plea from him. The common method used involved placing him underneath a board and gradually adding weight on top of him until he died. This took place on public land where any citizen could pass by and see, for three whole days. Trials and executions began to stack up and it became more and more apparent that so many people could not be held accountable for

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