The Reasons: The Cause Of The Salem Witch Trials

1511 Words 6 Pages
The Salem Witch Trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts from 1692 until 1693. This event would cause the small puritan community to be on edges. The cause for this madness were wild accusations of a witch being in the midst of the community. The reason for this belief of witches was sparked when these two young girls related to the priest Samuel Parris, started to act bizarre in 1692. It was said that the Doctor believed the cause of the little girls behaviors were from something supernatural. This sparked a major uproar and a trend of accusations to cause the Salem Witch Trials. The problem with this trial was that there was too many finger pointing. You could be called a witch for anything that looked suspicious. I blame the courts because …show more content…
This made it easier to accuse someone because all it took was one person to call you a witch. Tituba accused Good an Osborne of also being witches. ”She also said she was beaten by her owner. Rev. Parris, and was told to confess to witchcraft.” It was easy to see that she was force to confess being a witch she is a slave so, therefore she is under the control of her master. Tituba never even interacted with Osborne or Good so how would she know if they participated in witchcraft. The court arrested Osborne and Good because of Tituba accusation of them being a part of her dream. Tituba Said they were in the devils books that she had signed. “Yes, I saw nine other names. We all went around flying on brooms at night together. I only remember two of them, though. Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne. ” She accused two people that fit the description of a witch. Both Osborne and Good were females, looked elderly, and they also were dislike by the community. It was easy for the court to believe that they were witches because people were willing to speak out against them. The community wanted to get rid of Good and Osborne especially Good because of how unpleasant she was to be around. With all of these accusation there was no evidence of them being witches or actual witnesses. The dream should have been thrown out because the events never really happened. There was nobody that actually saw Osborne and Good perform …show more content…
People were now using accusations to gain land. You can now purchase the land you always wanted from the court because the person was in jail. “In a number of cases, accusing families stood to gain property from the convictions of accused witches.” The majority of the people that were accused lived in East Salem and were wealthier then the accuser. This was now the trend in Salem this was making the situation worse. With court system allowing any type of accusation to stand in the court room people were now blurting out names left and right. Just so that they could reap the benefits of the

Related Documents

Related Topics