Abigail Williams Trial

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The year is 1692. The town is Salem, Massachusetts; a small town full of people- you, members of the jury, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. You make an honest living by farming your land and trying to live happily with your neighbors. When you do not understand something, you go to God to look for answers. You do not look to scientific reason when situations become convoluted. You try to live your lives as God would want you to and you go to church on Sunday to worship Him. You strive to help your neighbors follow in His ways. And, when someone is deviating from Christ, you call them out on it and try to bring them back to Jesus. This is the situation we are in now, members of the jury. In this case, however, you are not helping the accused …show more content…
Proctor? Is it possible that she wanted John Proctor to herself and thought that since he had taken an interest in her once, he would do so again if Elizabeth was no longer in the picture? What better way, Your Honor, to remove Elizabeth from the picture than to accuse her of witchcraft, a crime in which the only witness is the victim, as the suspected witch is not expected to incriminate herself? There is no way to scientifically prove that witchcraft exists in Salem, and Miss Williams knew that as she declared Mrs. Proctor to be a witch. What Miss Williams had not anticipated was that John would confess the sin of his lechery with her, in a desperate attempt to save his wife from the rope. In doing so, he knowingly sentenced himself to the rope and was accused of witchcraft as well. He was hung, the rope snapped his neck, and his neighbors watched in horror and despair as the life drained from his eyes. He too was innocent of witchcraft, although guilty of lechery, but rather admit to something he was not and meet his Maker with a grand lie on his lips, he let his own life fall into the hands of those against …show more content…
She has never sent her spirit out to hurt someone; she has only tried to live her life as a good Christian woman. The crime committed here was the one committed by Abigail Williams, of lying to the court and accusing someone of witchcraft, a crime that could send the accused to their grave. You, members of the jury, must do your Christian duty and acquit this woman now, before it is too late. If this world we live in is a world where innocent people are killed because their enemies are astute enough to accuse them of a crime that has no physical evidence, if this is a world where people let good mothers go to their grave and leave their children alone on the Earth with no one left to love them, if this is a world where people are too blinded by their own fears to see the truth and to look for the goodness in people, if this is that kind of world, then I would prefer not to live in this world and would be ashamed to live in it if I did not stand up and defend people like Mrs. Proctor and give people like her the justice they deserve. If you, members of the jury, are thinking of condemning Mrs. Proctor, you should be ashamed as well. If you choose to declare Mrs. Proctor guilty of witchcraft, I would strongly urge that as soon as the hearing is over, you go immediately to the church and beg the Lord to forgive you for sending an innocent woman to her death. You then should beg God to forgive you for committing one of

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