Essay about The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials took place between February of 1692 and May of 1693, by the end of the trials hundreds were accused of witchcraft, nineteen were executed and several more died while imprisoned awaiting either trial or execution. Some of the ‘symptoms’ associated with witchcraft could have included fever, contortions due to excessive pain, stress, asthma, guilt, boredom, child abuse, epilepsy, and delusional psychosis. One scientist did research and found that the strange behavior could be associated with poison that was unknowingly ingested. In the year 1962, a serious fear of devil worshiping and witchcraft swept through a small town in Massachusetts like a plague, women ‘s rise and fall from power throughout history was very influential on the way women were subject to accusations primarily over the men and treated cruelly. This led to a series of hangings and accusations made by the puritans. Puritans revolved around the church so many of these happenings occurred due to their strict beliefs on religion, which could have been avoided if the puritans were not so strict is their beliefs. Overall the Salem witch trials and accusations were caused by irrational fear causing mass hysteria, the people here were frightened by things they have never encountered before; therefore they began killing and hanging people in hopes to return things back to normal. Sometime during February of the exceptionally cold winter of 1692, a teenage girl named…

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