In only 146 pages, Miller told us the stories of the lives of John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams and others during the 1692 Witch Trials in Salem Massachusetts.
Betty Parris, her cousin Abigail Williams, and two other friends formed such a circle. Tituba, Rev. Parris slave whom he bought while on a trip to Barbados, would oftenparticipate in the circle. She would entertain the others with stories of witchcraft,demons, and mystic animals. Other girls soon joined their circle in the evenings to listento Titubas tales and participate in fortune telling experiments. They would tell theirfortunes by dropping an egg white into a glass of water and then interpret the picture itformed. However, Betty Parris and Abigail Williams began to become upset andfrightened with the results of their fortunes. This, coupled with the family financial andsocial difficulties, likely caused the two girls to express their stress in unusual physicalexpressions. Samuel Parris believed this unnatural behavior to be an illness and askedSalem Villages physician, William Griggs, to examine the girls. He did not find anyphysical cause for their strange behavior and concluded the girls were bewitched.
The Salem Witch trials were when hundreds of citizens of Salem, Massachusetts were put on trial for devil-worship or witchcraft and more than 20 were executed in 1692....
The Crucible, a historical play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in the small Puritan village of Salem in the colony of Massachusetts in 1692.
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During Titubas confession, she talked of red rats, talking cats, and a tall man dressed inblack. She stated that the man clothed in black made her sign in a book, and that SarahGood, Sarah Osborne and others, whose names she could not read, had also signed thisbook. It is not exactly clear why she confessed to witchcraft. She might have thoughtthat she was guilty since she practiced fortune telling, which was considered a form of"white magic," or perhaps thought that the judges would be lenient if she confessed. Whatever her reason, a confession was not likely obtained from her by torture. Althoughphysical torture was employed in Europe to elicit confessions from accused witches, thereare no confirmed cases of it being used in Colonial America for the same purposes as NewEngland law did not sanction it. When Tituba finished her lengthy confession, she, SarahGood and Sarah Osborne were taken to a Boston jail. Sarah Osborne would later becomethe first victim of the Salem witch trials when she died two months later of natural causeswhile still in jail.
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The first examinations took place March 1, 1692. The first trial for witchcraft under the Court of Oyer and Terminer was May 27, 1692. See the for more important dates relating to the Salem witch trials.
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The witchcraft outbreak originated in Salem Village with Betty Parris being the first afflicted girl. See the essay for a detailed explanation of the causes and events of the Salem witch trials.