Show MoreWhat 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
Ap European History Witch Dbq Essay
Witch DBQ - Kylee Colwell
As the feared outcast of the community, accused witches faced unwarranted, misogynistic accusations, executions, and betrayal throughout Europe from 1480 to 1700. Witchcraft is defined as the ability to perform supernatural talents without the assistance of others. Anything deemed unordinary, or un-Christian like, could have someone blamed of the worst crime at the time, which was going against God. The rapid, unjust accusations came from the prejudiced community members, who were supported by the church. As a result of accusing one of witchcraft, one could gain the wealth of the accused, revenge, or their own innocence. Fear ran rampant in this time period, as not much was known and lives were evolving too drastically to keep up with, producing a substantial amount of disorder.
During this time, Europe encountered numerous hardships such as the plague, religious reformations, and ever-changing domestic boundaries. With barely any scientific awareness of the origins of tragic events, the people of Europe often blamed supernatural beings such as the devil or witches. The impression of paranormal occurrences and people came from the strict bound religion and the church had over the people, as every aspect of existence was religion controlled. Religion enforced stringent rules on the roles of women as the maid of the household, one who obeys their husband and the men around her. Even monks would support misogyny, publishing their works, such as The Hammer of Witches, composed by Kramer and Sprenger, which states that women are "from the fragile sex" and because of this their bodies were "more open to the voice of Satan". (Doc. 6) Misogyny was also exhibited in the statistics, as women were far more sought after for witchcraft than men. The Court Records of Freiburg in Breslau, Germany stated that 82% of witches executed in Southwestern Germany from 1562 to 1684 were women; while a mere 18% were men, verifies this. (Doc. 11)
The majority of those slayed were single, well over the marrying age. A few of those were once married, but widowed and still faced accusations as they could not marry again. An example of this scenario was with Walpurga Hausmannin, as described by Seka Kisha, as being a widow who ate children and infected people with the Black Death. (Doc. 7) They were also described as lonely and ugly, yet ironically promiscuous when it came to lying with men. Their promiscuous behavior gave others enough reason to accuse them of serving the devil, the cruelest crime at the time. (Doc. 9) Some believed, like Johan Weir, that women had smaller brains that allowed the devil to easily control them. (Doc. 2)
Once inculpated of witchcraft, most suspects would admit to the crimes in order...
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