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Salem Witch Trials Dbq Essays

Unformatted text preview: Salem Witch Trials DBQ In the 1600s, Protestant Christians known as Puritans, immigrated to New England to avoid the church in England; Puritans arrived in hopes of improving Christianity and doing more service to the Lord. Meanwhile, the gap between the expectation of a united community and a diverse society led to a difficulty in which New England could not accept. Between the Puritans ideology that everything in the Bible was true, and the gap between a cohesive community and the reality at a diverse community led to widespread hysteria in New England; hysteria, however, was most substantial in Salem, Massachusetts. Due to the integration of confined religious beliefs and the acceptance of spectral evidence, the Salem witch trial hysteria of 1692 became a historical phenomenon that reflected the issues of social pressures, gender roles, intolerance for satanic powers. With intentions of proving themselves to God and reviving Christianity, Puritans based their beliefs off of the existence of the Devil and witches mentioned in the Bible; Puritans wanted to punish anyone who had the slightest involvement in witchcraft.Not only were Puritans fundamentalists, but they also strongly believed in predestination, the idea that God chooses who will go to Heaven or Hell. This motivated the Puritan community to become a role model for other societies. Because the people in Salem had no tolerance for any sign of the Devil or witches existence, accusations arose and those convicted were put in jail or to death. According to King James version of the Bible, Exodus 22:18, Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Exodus 22:18 is implying that people should have zero tolerance for witches; this justified the execution of witches because they were not allowed to live. Any being indicating the use of satanic powers were to be convicted of witchcraft and killed. From Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions, Cotton Mather stated, These evil spirits are all around. ..Go tell mankind, that there are devils and witches. ..New England has had examples of their existence. ..and that not only the wigwams of Indians. ..but the house of Christians. ..have undergone the annoyance of evil spirits. Mather portrayed an important role in the Puritan society because he was one of New Englands leading ministers and intellectuals. Puritans read and took Mathers words into consideration; Mather had a intellectuals....
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What caused the Salem Witch Trial Hysteria of 1692? During the summer of 1692, nineteen people were hung and one pressed to death, because they were accused of practicing or aiding the process of witchcraft. The Salem Witch Trials were started by a preconceived notion that witchcraft was real based on religious texts and ministers, or that being in a wrong place at the wrong time was the doing of witch. In addition, all of the accused were tried with in the sights of four young girls who I believe were faking it to gain attention or political gain for their parents. Puritans, called fundamentalists, followed the Bible to the T and anything outside of the Bible was considered unheard of. This is…show more content…

Like the examination of Bridget Bishop at Salem Village, 19 April 1692, as recorded by Samuel Parris, (doc. 6). The whole witch conspiracy abruptly ended in September 22nd, whenever Governor Philip’s wife was accused. Even the Puritan church had finally agreed that things had gotten out of hand and with the help of Cotton Mather and Charles W. Upham, the Salem Witch Trials ended. However, to those twenty people who the four “afflicted” girls, sent to their deaths were questioned, and in my opinion were falsely accused. As Charles W. Upham had said, “What are we to think of those persons who…continued the accusations – the “afflicted children” and their associates? … They soon…became intoxicated…by the terrible success of their imposture (acting), and were swept along by the frenzy they had occasioned… Once or twice they were caught in their own snare; and nothing but blindness of the bewildered community saved them from…well – deserved punishment… It is dreadful to reflect upon the enormity of their wickedness… there can be no doubt that they were great actors.” (doc. 7). During the summer of 1692, nineteen people were hung and one pressed to death, because they were accused of practicing or aiding the process of witchcraft. The Salem Witch Trials were started by a preconceived notion that witchcraft was real based on

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