Salem Witch Trials
by Malene, Jonas and Frederikke
The Puritans were extremely Calvinistic Protenstants. God is lord of all, and everything circles around Him. Man is sinful, selfish and corrupt. The only way to salvation is to bind yourself to the will of God. They constantly searched their souls for signs that they were going to Heaven, and believed that they were chosen by God. The Puritans believed that their fate was predetermined by God already before they were born.
The next day two of the young girls, Betty Parris and Ruth, acted strangely. They were screaming in pain, twitching and would not listen to the words of God. The local doktor, mr. Griggs, could nok explain it with a natural cause. They contacted Reverend John Hale, who were a specialist in unatural ways. He concluded that the two girls and Tituba had been involved with the devil. And when they confessed to it, they accused local villagers, of witchcraft.
The women were brought to trial, but they all denied having harmed the children and spoken with the devil. If the accused confessed, Rev. John Hale would help them find the light of God, but if they plead non guilty, the young girls would scream and say that they (the accused) were possesing them.
At first it was only elderly and weak women who were accused, but later it stretched to younger women, men, ministers and children. 150 men and women were accused and about 19 were hanged.
Scapegoats and Witchhunting
The young girls, specifically 17-year old Abigail Williams, drew benefit from this. They all gained power and respect from the villagers, because they tried to cleanse the town of witches.