Was The Witch Hunt Justified In The Crucible

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To answer the question if witch hunts are justified or not, yes they are. The people during this time were very religious. They followed what the bible said and what they thought was right to do so that they can enforce what they went to church every day for. Although this wasn’t a humane thing to do, it was going with what they worshiped and believed in. There were various reasons to see why this was wrong to do but they honestly believed that witchcraft was the devils work. The bible outlines why witchcraft is wrong. Because the people during this time were Puritans which meant they strictly followed the bibles context, they feared witches and sorcerers.
The bible states that witches should be put to death because this was the devils work
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When friends or family was accused of witchcraft, they were afraid to stand up for their loved ones because they were afraid to be accused of witchcraft because they defended supposed witches. According to The Crucible, the witch hunt began because of a group of girls seeking attention in a society that limits rights of young women. As Arthur Miller said, "the witch-hunt was...a long overdue opportunity for everyone so inclined to express publicly his guilt and sins, under the cover of accusations against the victims. It suddenly became possible--and patriotic and holy---for a man to say that Martha Corey had come into his bedroom at night...long-held hatreds of neighbors could now be openly expressed, and vengeance taken, despite the Bible's charitable injunctions. Land-lust which had been expressed before by constant bickering over boundaries and deeds, could now be elevated to the arean of morality; one could cry witch against one's neighbor and feel perfectly justified in the bargain. Old score could be settled on a plane of heavenly combat between Lucifer and the Lord; suspicions and the envy of the miserable toward the happy could and did burst out in the general revenge." (Miller, Arthur)
Even though the witch hunts were wrong, they weren’t seen that way back then because it was what they were taught that was right to do. I think they are justified because these people didn’t know better. The people that were accused of being witches or practiced witchcraft scared their society and families greatly. People didn’t consider this as being sinful. They followed what the bible said and what they thought was right to do so that they can enforce what they went to church every day to

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