The Salem Witch Trials : Trials Essay

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The Salem Witch Trials were a series of trials in which people were accused of practicing witchcraft. During the trials many people were tried for witchcraft, and several were executed because of these accusations. There are many theories surrounding the causes of the Salem Witch Trials. Five possible causes are boredom, the strong belief in the occult, personal differences, the cold weather theory, and ergot poisoning. There is a sufficient amount of belief surrounding each of the theories, but is it possible that more than one of these theories played a part in the witch trials.
The Salem Witch Trials began in Salem Village, Massachusetts in the spring of 1691. The Salem Witch Trials were a “series of witchcraft cases brought before local magistrates in the colony of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692”. The trials were caused by a group of young girls living in Salem that appeared to be tormented by bewitchment. It began with nine year old Elizabeth "Betty" Paris and Abbigail Williams began to experience violent fits. These fits included brutal contortions and frightful outbursts of screaming. The girls were brought to a doctor, but when the doctor could find no medical disorder he diagnosed the girls with bewitchment. Many young girls, including Ann Putnam Jr., Mercy Lewis, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mary Walcott and Mary Warren, soon began to experience similar symptoms. In late February the first arrest warrants were issued for Tituba, the Paris, Caribbean…

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