The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692 Essay

1807 Words Dec 5th, 2014 8 Pages
History is a complicated subject. It has stories full of uplifting and courageous events: wars fought and won, inspiring people who helped to shape the world. Yet, as there are these righteous events, so must there be the dark, gruesome, and depressing stories. Every place has its dark moment; the time in its history that the people would rather the world simply forget about. In a little town in Massachusetts, the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were a perfect example of such a dark time. Filled with confrontation, accusation, and misery, these trials proved to be a feat for anyone accused of being a witch to overcome. Blown out of proportions, this particularly demeaning situation soiled Salem’s name for years to come as it became a hunt for blood, particularly, witch blood. The gruesome tale of horrors and torture started out with two young girls: nine year old Betty Parris and her cousin, eleven year old Abigail Williams. In the small town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, these girls started experiencing fits incapable of being explained by any natural ailment. The minister of Beverly, a nearby town, attempted to explain this strange phenomenon, but was unable to. Another eyewitness, Reverend Deodat Lawson, a former minister of Salem reported seeing the girls scream, make strange sounds, throw objects, and contort into impossible and frightening positions. Betty and Abigail also stated that they felt as if they were constantly being poked and prodded with pins. No physical…

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