The Myth Of Witches By ' The Witch ' Essay

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When you Google “witch” almost all the images are of women riding on broomsticks. This is today’s pop culture view of witches but it has it’s roots in the Early Modern stereotypes of witchcraft. It was probably easy to find the old, ugly hag down the street and accuse her of being a witch, but there is more to the story. In the case of Françette Camont the stereotype of witches helped to put suspicion on her but she wasn’t convicted because of the stereotypes she fit, but rather it was personal feelings toward her and a needed catalyst for the trial to start that led to her execution and the execution of many other witches.
In many ways Françette Camont fit the description of a witch perfectly. And because she fit the stereotype so well, it led to her being suspicious in the minds of many people. A stereotype that she fit was that she was a woman. Women were more likely to be witches in some parts of Europe, France being one of them, because women were a threat to the community if they were “unregulated,” or not under the guidance of a man. Although Camont had a husband she is often written of as outspoken, and her husband being much older than her, perhaps giving her more say in her actions. By the time the trial was starting Camont was older and therefore she fit another stereotype. Old women were seen as jealous of younger women for their ability to have children, a reason one might decide to become a witch. Even if Camont personally wasn’t jealous of any women she…

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