The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay example

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The Salem witch trials were a series of bizarre accusations brought before the court of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The infamous Salem witch trials began after a group of young girls claimed to be possessed by the devil and the majority of people accused were women. Furthermore, the Salem witch trials resulted in mass hysteria. In the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller the trials started when Parris’s daughter felt ill which caused people to start rumors and theories that accused other people of witchcraft. Several theories that could explain what happened in Salem include ergot poisoning, cold weather, jealousy, boredom, and religion. In the following paragraphs, each theory will be discussed in detail on their effectiveness to the actual events that took place in Salem.
Historians have found several theories that could’ve cause the trials, but a theory they found most accurate was ergot poisoning. Ergot is a poisonous fungus that grows in grains such as rye, which is common in Salem. A factor that may have contributed to the outbreak of ergot was the season and climate. “The historian research the growing season of rye... found that there had been a wet summer in Salem, Massachusetts prior to the winter of 1692... Ergot spreads most easily in damp weather."(Clark) Ergot thrives in cold weather which happens to be during the Salem witch trials. The period when the ergot spread coincidentally occurred at the same time when people were accused. The population’s meal may…

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