The Salem Witch Trials Essay

1033 Words Nov 17th, 2015 5 Pages
The Salem Witch Trials was a time in history where people were wrongly accused of being witches. In the spring of 1692 the Salem witch trials began. A group of young girls in Salem, Massachusetts told the people of their town they were possessed by the devil and accused several women from their town of causing this to occur. The ringleader of the girls was Abigail Williams the niece of Samuel Paris the town’s priest. Abigail and her cousin Elizabeth Paris started having irrational fits and violent outburst. Since the girls kept having these violent outbursts Samuel Paris called for doctor William Griggs. Griggs examined the girls and diagnosed them with being bewitched. Soon there was a whole group of girls acting as if they were possessed as well including; Ann Putnam Jr., Mercy Lewis, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mary Walcott and Mary Warren. This group of girls kept up this horrible act all because Tituba Paris’ slave saw them doing witchcraft in the woods late one night. The problem with this is Tituba was not able to tell on the girls because no one would believe her. The girls prank got even worse when their accusations had warrants for arrests out for Tituba, along with Sarah Good, Sarah Osborn, Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey, Bridget Bishop, and many other women in town. These people where accused because they were women in society who where vulnerable in the community. They were thought of as week and sinful. This horrible prank played by these young women had nineteen innocent…

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