Salem Witch Trials
By Cecilie, Sophia & Ameli
The puritans is a group of people, originally from England in the late sixteenth century . They were very religious and extremely Calvinistic Protestants. They believed that the universe was God-centered, and that all humans were born sinful and corrupt, and that they were rescued from dam nastic and was bound to Gods will. The Puritans wanted introversion, and they believed that they were the chosen people of God, and they wanted create a purified church. Puritanism was not an actually a historically specific phenomenon
What happened in Salem ?
One night when the girls was in the woods, dancing and doing woo-do things, Abigail's uncle and Betty's father came unexpected, Betty got so scared, that se couldn't wake up or move, she was in a trance. The girls agreed that they wouldn't tell the truth. If people were asking they said that they were just dancing and had some fun, but actually they were making witchcraft. Parris wouldn't ruin his reputation, so he hired a special priest from another village, to save Betty, and get rid of the witchcraft. Abigail didn't want to take the responsibility, so she lied, and said that Tituba was the guilty one. But after Tituba confessed, all of the other girls did too, they wanted to see God again, feel him again, and they all said, that they had seen Sarah Good and some of the other women in the village with the devil. All of the women got in the court, and were all arrested, even though that they were innocent. Some of them were hanged, and killed, but a few of them got saved, because they confessed.
Abigail was the girl who had an affair with John Proctor and Parris was her uncle.
Parris was the Priest, father to Betty Parris and Uncle to Abigail.
John Proctor was a Farmer and was married to Elizabeth Proctor and they had 3 kids together.
Jonh had an affair with Abigail.
Tituba is Salemun Parris's slave from Barbados. She contures spirits with the girls in the woods. She believes in witchcraft, and performs woo-do.
Elizabeth is John Proctors wife. Elizabeth is supremely virtuous, but often cold. She has been accused of witchcraft by Abigail.
Betty is Parris's 10-year-old daughter. Her illness fuels the first rumours of witchcraft.
What Caused the Witch hunts ?
So all of this madness, actually started because of unrequited love and because of blindly following traditions, and the norms of the society, and not questioning the authorities.