The Witches Salem Witch Trials Essay

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Running Head: WITCHES IN SALEM

The Occurrences of Witches in Salem

Amber James

Kankakee Valley High School

The Occurrences of Witches in Salem

Amber James

Kankakee Valley High School

Introduction

In 1692, the witch trials swept through Salem, Massachusetts, Europe, and New England. Later on in 1953, Arthur Miller wrote his play “The Crucible.” Miller historically based his play off of the Salem witch trials. Most of the content used in this play was accurate to what actually happened during these trials while other parts were fictionalized. These trials, while fascinating, are also a significant part of our nation’s history. They were foretelling how our society reacts when faced with a potential threat.

Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials began in the spring of 1692 when a group of girls from the Salem Village claimed that they were possessed by the devil. The girls began to accuse others in the village of witchcraft. It seemed as though all of Massachusetts had gone berserk and completely hysterical over this wave of witchcraft. A special court was brought up to specifically deal with these cases; Bridget Bishop was the first to be convicted, and was hanged quickly after. Bishop’s hanging was the first of many in Massachusetts. Meanwhile around 150 more men, women, and children were being convicted of being involved in witchcraft. By September, everything began to die down and the people of Salem had begun turning against these…

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