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Ibrahim Hussein 208665810
U.S History 8A1
The Crucible was based in Salem a society where religion is strong and the Church has most power. As I started to read the beginning of the play and being introduced with the character I was able to realize that in this time people were either with the right people those who were against witchcraft and wanted anyone who practice witchcraft to be put to death or others who were with witchcraft. Anyone one who made a sin were to face punishments. There were people in this time who would see other sick and say that the person is practicing witchcraft or is some hoe involved when they are really not. For example, on the third page of the pdf Anne said “Why, it‘s sure she did; Mister Collins saw her going‘ over Ingersoll‘s barn, and come down light as bird, he says!” and also says on page three again “I‘d not call it sick, the Devil‘s touch is heavier than sick, it‘s death, y‘know, it‘s death drivin‘ into them forked and hoofed”. The first quote shows that when someone else says something that might not be true or may be true no matter what that person will believe it and make others believe it so people can face punishments. In the second quote it also shows how Anne was a religious person and was totally against witchcraft. She says that what Betty has is not a sick she was touch by devil therefore she is involved with witchcraft and will face death and this is how people around this time were. The ways in which the situations were handle in this time had a lot to do with the government’s actions and the political tensions that the colony in Salem were facing at this time.
Towards the ending I was able to see that Proctor was able to trying to convince the judge that the girls were innocent so they would be spared but Proctor knew that the girls were practicing Witchcraft when they were in the Jungle dancing around. Anyways he was trying to defend them so they would be spared but apparently it was not sufficient to make the judge believe.
Abagail which was one of the girls who were suspected to be a witch was the niece of the minister and was basically the leader among the other girls. She was also in love with Proctor and somewhat shares something with him. She was also one of the housemaid for Proctor but was fired due to an affair she had with him. Another character in this play is Betty who was the daughter of the minister and was claiming to be sick and that she fainted when she saw her father after he walked up on them while in the forest and the girls were dancing. But betty was trying to be honest and tell the truth but Abagail didn’t want her to and told her that she shouldn’t that or else something bad may happen to them. Both of these girls were ding witchcraft in the forest along with another girls and when the minister Betty’s father said that he had say them and some naked girl running around they said that he was seeing things and try to cover up what they were actually doing. These girls were charged with witchcraft because Betty’s sickness is what mainly caused the suspicion because in this time anyone who was sick was considered to be touched by the devil and was accused of being involved with witchcraft so they were placed on trial and mostly likely to death.
After reading this article I don’t think that the events of the Salem Witch Trials could occur in contemporary American society for several reasons because now we have lies and freedom of religion people are allowed to practice their own religion without being harassed or anything else. We are in a world where there are numerous religions and people can worship whatever they chose o and no one can change that. Also, in this society people aren’t like those in Salem at first where they didn’t question why people were being put to death or even question the fact about witchcraft.5