The Salem Witch Trials And Their Atrocities Were Made Possible By A Perfect Storm

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In the year 1692, unusual and incomprehensible events occurred in Salem Village, Massachusetts, after a group of young girls had sinister episodes. For instance, “they would fall on the floor, shaking and trembling in seizures, or sit and stare off into space, unaware of the world around them. They would cry and shout curses uncontrollably” (Magoon 7). The Puritan settlers in the Salem community grew fearful as more girls became victims of these episodes. The village began to suspect that witchcraft was culpable for these events. Most people today would find what happened in Salem, as a result, to be terribly unjust. The Salem witch trials and their atrocities were made possible by a ‘perfect storm’ of factors, including a chaotic and danger-ridden environment in which marginalized people could be accused and convicted without real evidence. Altogether, eight girls were affected by these disturbing fits, including: Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Mercy Lewis, Betty Parris, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mary Warren, Betty Pope and Mary Walcott (Magoon 39). These girls all had similar symptoms including,
“lethargy, seizures, temporary paralysis, and distraction. Their skin showed bite marks and pinches; they also felt pinpricks. The girls were observed cursing uncontrollably, barking, and with their eyes rolling back and to the sides. At times, their arms and legs twisted. They also spoke of hallucinations or ‘spectral visions’ ”(Magoon 39).
The clergy of Salem demanded that the eight…

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