Witchcraft In The Film: Three Sovereigns For Sarah

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In the film “Three Sovereigns for Sarah” the accusation of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts started during the year of 1692 and was told from a sister of two women that were hung because they were accused of practicing witchcraft. The witch trials began when some little girls began to claim that they are possessed and accuse a bunch of the town's women of being witches. Six things that played a part in the witch trials were superstition, religion, politics, economics, gender, and the shaping of the event. There were 19 people who were hung and one was pressed to death for being accused of practicing witchcraft, before the town stopped the Reverend from killing people without having any real proof. The role that superstition took in the …show more content…
In the film, Rebecca was accused of practicing witchcraft, even though there was no proof and a lot of people who really knew her well know that she didn’t and couldn’t because God is very important to her. During the Salem Witch Trial, religion didn’t matter, nobody was safe from getting accused just because they were a certain religion. Most of the accused were Christian and it didn’t stop the court from claiming that they are guilty. One of the ministers Samuel Parris was a Puritan so to the Salem town, he was an influence of the devil. Puritan’s believed that Satan would pick the weakest people such as women, kids, and the insane to do his work, so the people that do would be considered a witch.
Politics and gender didn’t play a big role in the trials because unless you were a landowner or family of the accusers then you weren’t really safe from being accused. For example, a minister’s wife was claimed a witch and was hung. For the gender part even though 13 out of 20 of the people that were executed were women and that didn’t mean men were excused from the whole thing. The 7 men that were executed were farmers that had their own land that the Reverend probably
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By September the public finally started to turn their backs on the trials. One of the reasons why the whole thing kept going on being because the Puritan Reverend wanted land and Abigail liked all of the attention that she was getting for it and she was bored. The girls all thought that it was just a game, but after it all started coming to an end they realized that it wasn’t. They all learned their lesson for it though, Abigail and Elizabeth Booth was kicked out of the town along with the Reverend that was helping with nothing but the clothes on their back, Elizabeth Hubbard left and got married, Mercy left town and got married, Betty confessed and move on with her life, Ann Jr. died from illness, and Mary was accused of witchcraft. After that, the witch trials ended and the very few people that were still in jail or the ones that were put on a farm because the jail was full got set free. The hysteria didn’t just stay in Salem though it finally spread throughout all of Massachusetts. Awhile after the event, nobody’s names were really cleared so the youngest of three sisters, Sarah traveled to Boston with her nephew Samuel to try to go get her sisters, Mary and Rebecca’s, names cleared and succeeded and got three gold sovereigns (one for each of them). Three weeks later she died and was buried with the three coins. 5 years later in 1697 the court finally claimed that the witch trials were unlawful and apologized for it

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