Salem Witch Trials: A Delusion of Satan

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Salem Witch Trials: A Delusion of Satan

SETTING

THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS: A DELUSION OF SATAN TAKES PLACE DURING A BLEAK WINTER OF 1692 IN THE RIGID PURITAN COMMUNITY OF SALEM VILLIAGE, MASSACHUSETTS. WITHIN THE SMALL VILLIAGE, A GROUP OF GIRLS BEGIN EXPERINCING VIOLENT FITS, ALLEGEDLY TORMENTED BY SATAN AND THE WITCHES WHO WORSHIPPED HIM. IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS 19 MEN AND WOMEN WERE HANGED, ONE WAS PRESSED TO DEATH, AND OVER 100 WERE IMPRISONED AND IMPOVERISHED FOR BEING SUSPECTED OF BEING AN AGENT OF SATAN. ALL OF THIS WAS CAUSED BY A JELOUSE LOVE-STRUCKED 17 YEAR OLD WHO WANTED A MAN ALL TO HERSELF. SHE HAS ACCUSED INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR BEING A WITCH THAT CURSED HER AND THE OTHER GIRLS OF SALEM IN BEING POSSED BY A DEMON. THE RESULT FOR THESE CRIMES WERE PUBLIC HUMILUATION, WHIPPINGS, TORMENT, HANGINGS, PRESSES, AND IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE. OVER 200 INOCENT PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN MULTIPLE WAYS DO TO ABIGAIL WILLIAMS RUTHLESS PRANK. THE ONLY TWO PEOPLE THAT WERE IN ACTUAL LEGUE WITH THE DEVIL WERE ABIGAIL WILLIAMS HERSELF AND TITUBA THE COLUMBIAN INDIAN SLAVE. ABIGAIL WAS FINALY CAUGHT IN 1997 AND WAS HUNG FOR THE HORRIBLE DOINGS THAT SHE BROUGHT UPON HER PEOPLE. WHEN SHE WAS HUNG, A YEAR LATER ALL WITCH ACCUSATIONS HAD DECREASED RAPIDLY. MANY WERE INNOCENT AND OTHERS WERE NOT SO LUCKY, FOR THEY WERE IN THE ART OF WITCH CRAFTING.

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS IS THE WOMEN WHO STARTED THE RUMORS OF WITCHES IN SALEM VILLIAGE. SHE DID THIS IN ORDER TO REPLACE HER AFFAIRS WIFE AND TAKE HER PLACE. ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE ACCUSED OF WITCHERY WERE INNOCENT EXCEPT TITUBA AND ABIGAIL HERSELF. IT IS SAID THAT SHE HAD BEEN DANCING IN THE WOODS WITH THE GIRLS OF SALEM AND HER UNCLE'S SLAVE TITUBA PERFORMING VOODOO RITUALS. AFTER A TOTAL OF 19 INNOCENT HANGINGS AND 200 DEATHS, ABIGAIL WAS FINALLY CAUGHT AND CONVICTED OF BEING IN LEGUE WITH THE DEVIL AND CHARGED TO BE HANGED FOR MURDER. ABIGAIL WILLIAMS WAS HUNG FOR MULTIPLE CRIMES IN 1967.(the youngest victim to be accused and hung for being a witch was 4 year old Dorcas Good a.k.a Betty. She was an innocent that died in 1962."

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS

THE THEME OF THIS BOOK IS HOW PEOPLE DELT WITH WITCHERY AND THE CONSIQUENCES FOR THE DARK ARTS. I CHOSE THIS IMAGE BECAUSE IT REPERSENTS THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS THE BEST. THIS IS HOW PEOPLE REACTED TO WITCH TRIALS IN THE 1600's.

QUOTES OF SALEM

1.) "fear is the enemy of love." -ST. Augustine (p.2) This quote is reflected upon Abigail because she ignored fear of death and chose love instead. She broke several laws that were ment to be feared without a care in the world. 2.) "man seeks for drama and excitement; when he cannot get satisfaction on a highrer level, he creates for himself the drama of distruction." -Erich Fromm (p.17) Again this circulates back to Abigail and her cousin Betty for they have caused distrucion to the lives of others plus themselves, their villiage, and their future by starting false rumors that started the Salem Witch Trials. 3.) "a crime it is; therefore in bliss, you may not hope to dwell, but into you I shall allow the easiest room in hell." -Micheael Wigglesworth (p.11). The qoute was written to let the natives of Salem that they will be damned to hell if they commited a crime against the church and it's laws. This includes: witch crafting, theivery, disobidients, failing to praise their religion, miss behaving, and so forth.

LITERARY DEVICE

FRANCES HILL USES A LOT OF DRAMATIC IRONY IN THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS. THERE IS A LOT OF EVENTS THAT ARE GOING ON THAT THE READER KNOWS BUT THE CHARACTERS DO NOT. FOR INSTANCE, THE READER KNOWS THAT ABIGAIL IS LYING AND PERTENDING THAT THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING TO HER AND THAT SHE IS A WITCH HERSELF. THE CHARACTERS DO NOT KNOW THIS AND THINK THAT SOMETHING BAD IS REALY HAPPENING TO THEIR CHILDREN AND TOWNS PEOPLE. "ALTHOUGH ABIGAIL AND BETTY WOULD HAVE KNOWN ALL ABOUT ELIZABETH KAPP AND THE GOODWIN CHILDREN...THEY IMITATED THE ACT OF BEING POSSED AS WELL."(23).

SALEM WITCHTRAILS:A DELUSION OF SATAN

SALEM WITCH TRIALS: THE VICTIMS

BY: FRANCES HILL


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