Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Hysteria is born . . . . The Big Ps and the little ps. Pilgrims. Puritans. A pilgrim by definition though not THE Pilgrims Arabella, 1630, Massachusetts Bay Colony Critical of the Church of England wanted to reform church from within; purify the church
Hysteria is born . . .
A pilgrim by definition though not THE Pilgrims
Arabella, 1630, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Critical of the Church of England
wanted to reform church from within; purify the church
Intended to create a model community guided in all aspects by the Bible
Puritans did not accept other faiths: Anglican (more progressive group), Quakers etc.
By law, anyone living in Massachusetts Bay Colony HAD to attend Puritan church
Puritans wrote diaries in which they would often find spiritual meaning in what might be considered simple coincidences.
The poor health of a human's body may be compared to bits of broken glass.
A snake found under a person’s porch may be seen as the presence of evil. This could be a warning from God or a visit from the devil.
A woman accidentally burning a shirt may represent the fact that God was preparing her for the future death of her husband.
potential threats to their way of life
February 1692 – May 1693
Salem was a Puritan town
Strong belief that the devil was alive and trying to ‘steal’ souls from God
The ideas of ‘white’ and ‘dark’ magic became accepted and associated with demons and evil spirits
Magic implies that a logical explanation would not exist – that it was not needed to be believed or understood
Occurred in 3 different counties/towns
Most notably in Salem (now Danvers)
150+ were accused and tried
20 people, including a dog, were executed
Evidence that IS tangible.
All that were accused and convicted, were found guilty based upon spectral evidence.
i.e. John Proctor: “Aye, the farm is seeded.
i.e. Elizabeth Proctor= Goody Proctor
i.e. Judge Danforth to John Proctor: What say you, mister?
Rev. Parris: Thomas, Thomas, I pray you not leap to witchcraft.
Read each of the following statements carefully and determine whether you agree or disagree. On a sheet of paper, write out the statements and then beside each number, write an A or a D. I will not address any questions pertaining to the statements. You will use this paper for the next few weeks so DO NOT LOSE IT.
1. A person is innocent until proven guilty.
2. Children are meant to be seen and not heard.
3. It is okay to lie to avoid consequences.
4. Fear causes irrational behavior.
5. Once you lose your reputation, you can never get it back.
What is an allegory?
An allegory is a narrative in which literal meaning corresponds clearly and directly to symbolic meaning.
An ideology that seeks to establish a future classless, stateless social organization, based upon common ownership of the means of production and the absence of private property.
No, the witches weren’t communists, but the mass hysteria that came from the Witch Trials corresponds directly to the mass hysteria that met the United States when it was thought that Communism was “infiltrating” the country during the 1950s.
and lack of understanding
2. The HUAC (House Committee on UN- American Activities) summoned 2,375 men and women, which was enough to cost them their jobs. 400 Americans went to jail – not having a fair trial.