The Salem Witch Trials And The Puritan Viewpoint On The Trials

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Shelby Haley
Mrs. Black
ENGL 1302-1
March 17, 2015
The Salem Witch Trials
During the colonial period, almost three hundred women were accused by members of their community of performing witchcraft. These accusations led to a series of trials known as The Salem Witch Trials which led to the death of many innocent people generally women and children. The Salem Witch Trials had numerous situations that made it what is was like the afflicted girls, the procedures used in the witch trials, and the puritan viewpoint on the trials. The afflicted girls were brought about by being thought of as victims of witchcraft, and they were thought to single out outcasts and those who threatened Puritan morals. Of the many women that were afflicted, two of them were young girls Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris. These two girls had begun the demonic activity of fortune telling and with “the guidance of Tituba, the family 's West Indian slave, fashioned a crude crystal ball by dropping an egg into a bowl of water” (Gragg). Soon after they participated in the act, they began to experience strange fits and their bodies would place themselves in odd positions. Father of Elizabeth Parris, and uncle of Abigail Williams, Reverend Samuel Parris, thought for sure that prayer would help the young girl’s strange behavior, but his help was ineffective. In Gragg’s article it was said that “When fasts and prayer meetings failed to afford relief, villagers concluded that additional, as-yet unidentified…

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