The Salem Witch Trials Of Salem Essay

1693 Words Oct 30th, 2015 7 Pages
The Salem Witch Trials persecuted many innocent outcasts in Salem, Massachusetts in the year of 1692. These outcasts were innocent but became the victims of accusations without solid evidence. The accused were not viewed as normal citizens, but became seen by the people of Salem as witches or worshippers of Satan. The trials were filled with ignorance and paranoia over the safety of themselves and their family. Due to hysteria the Salem Witch Trials occurred and resulted in the death of twenty innocent villagers. The accused were tried and hanged or even crushed. The accused were also killed without having enough evidence to prove that they were witches. The witch trials began in Salem, Massachusetts during the last weeks of December in 1691. After a storytelling circle, local girls, Nine year-old Betty Parris, and Eleven-year-old Abigail Williams were lapsing into hysterical fits and accused local villagers of bewitching them.
The picture below displays the storytelling circle Tituba led. Betty Parris, the daughter and Abigail Williams who was the niece of Reverend Samuel Parris began to display odd behavior. Examples of the odd behavior they were displaying were hysterical fits that took away their ability to see, speak and hear. Also the girls suffered from seizures that contorted their bodies into impossible positions(Lidenauer). Reverend Parris called upon a local doctor to determine the cause of the odd behavior. The doctor suspected the devils work because…

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