The novel is divided into three parts. The story is told by Tituba herself, lending an immediacy and power to the narrative.
The parsonage in Salem Villageas photographed in the late 19th century The present-day archaeological site of the Salem Village parsonage In Salem Village, in FebruaryBetty Parrisage 9, and her cousin Abigail Williamsage 11, the daughter and niece, respectively, of Reverend Samuel Parris, began to have fits described as "beyond the power of Epileptic Fits or natural disease to effect" by John Halethe minister of the nearby town of Beverly.
Deodat Lawsona former minister in Salem Village. A doctor, historically assumed to be William Griggs could find no physical evidence of any ailment. Other young women in the village began to exhibit similar behaviors.
When Lawson preached as a guest in the Salem Village meetinghouse, he was interrupted several times by outbursts of the afflicted. Some historians believe that the accusation by Ann Putnam Jr.
At the time, a vicious rivalry was underway between the Putnam and Porter families, one which deeply polarized the people of Salem. Citizens would often have heated debates, which escalated into full-fledged fighting, based solely on their opinion of the feud.
She was accused of witchcraft because of her appalling reputation. At her trial, she was accused of rejecting Puritan ideals of self-control and discipline when she chose to torment and "scorn [children] instead of leading them towards the path of salvation".
She was accused of witchcraft because the Puritans believed that Osborne had her own self-interests in mind following her remarriage to an indentured servant.
The citizens of the town disapproved of her trying to control her son's inheritance from her previous marriage.
She was accused of attracting girls like Abigail Williams and Betty Parris with stories of enchantment from Malleus Maleficarum. These tales about sexual encounters with demons, swaying the minds of men, and fortune-telling were said to stimulate the imaginations of girls and made Tituba an obvious target of accusations.
Brought before the local magistrates on the complaint of witchcraft, they were interrogated for several days, starting on March 1,then sent to jail. Martha Corey had expressed skepticism about the credibility of the girls' accusations and thus drawn attention. If such upstanding people could be witches, the townspeople thought, then anybody could be a witch, and church membership was no protection from accusation.
Dorothy Good, the daughter of Sarah Goodwas only four years old, but not exempted from questioning by the magistrates; her answers were construed as a confession that implicated her mother.
In Ipswich, Rachel Clinton was arrested for witchcraft at the end of March on independent charges unrelated to the afflictions of the girls in Salem Village.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The men were both local magistrates and also members of the Governor's Council. Objections by Elizabeth's husband, John Proctorduring the proceedings resulted in his arrest that day.Discovery, Exploration, Colonies, & Revolution.
Updated July 3, JUMP TO.. TIMELINES & MAPS / PRIMARY DOCUMENTS. DISCOVERY & EXPLORATION. NATIVE AMERICANS & COLUMBIAN EXCHANGE. The Salem Witch Trials of were a dark time in American history.
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