Church had an enormous influence on the Puritan religion. The colonist from New England had mainly come over for religious reasons because they did not agree with the Protestant Church of England. The colonist came to America in search of a new home and place to live where they could have a community based on their common religious beliefs. In their community, they had a closed society built around their church and activities. The Puritan life basically revolves around the church which influenced how they lived their everyday lives. They had to go to church twice a week, attend long sermons, and avoid dancing which was deemed as a sinful act.
There were events that led up to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Europeans strongly believed in devils practice which gave certain humans the ability to harm others in return for loyalty. The Puritan life in the village of Salem was harsh because they were dealing with the after-effects of the British war which occurred in France, a smallpox outbreak took place, and they feared attacks from a neighboring Native American Tribe. All these events led up to people having suspicions about their neighbors and the fears of anyone who was an outsider.
On January 1692 the events of the Salem Witch Trials began in Salem, Massachusetts when Elizabeth (Betty) Parris age nine and Abigail Williams age eleven began to act bizarre by making odd noises, behaving in eccentric ways, and were complaining of headaches. “When a local doctor named William Griggs came to see what was wrong with the girls he diagnosed that they were bewitched. “Puritans believed that to become bewitched a WITCH must draw an individual under a spell” (ushistory.org). Dr. Griggs blamed the “Evil Hand” as the main cause for the diagnosis. After this diagnose other girls in the community were behaving with similar symptoms.
After the month of January passed people started to question Tituba who was accused of bewitching the girls. Mary Sibley who was a neighbor of the Parris family had advised John Indian to have his wife Tituba make a witch’s cake. The witch’s cake would be used to discover the names of the witches. However, the girls were not relieved and their torments had increased. Ann Putman Jr. and Elizabeth Hubbard who was 17 lived a mile away from the Parris home in either direction began to have the same problems as the girls. Since Elizabeth Hubbard was of the legal age to file complaints and appear under oath this is important because she testified 32 times throughout the trials.
Elizabeth and Abigail began accusing Tituba of bewitching them when they did this it increased the intensity. After Tituba was accused several neighbors and ministers were asked to observe the girls behavior. When they were done observing the girls behaviors they later questioned Tituba. After Tituba was accused Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn were also accused. Sarah Good was homeless beggar and Sarah Osborn was an elderly person who was also poor. People now...