From a historical viewpoint, it is known that young girls in colonial Massachusetts were given little or no freedom to act like children. They were expected to walk straight, arms by their sides, eyes slightly downcast, and their mouths were to be shut unless otherwise asked to speak.
Despite the fact that she was one of the main accusers during the Salem Witch Trials, not much is known about Abigail Williams before or even after the trials ended. What historians do know is that Abigail Williams was born on July 12, It is not known why Abigail was living with the Parris family but many historians assume her parents had died.
According to the book A Modest Enquiry Into the Nature of Witchcraft by local minister, Reverend John Haleon one of these occasions the girls became terrified when they saw the shape of a coffin in the glass. Shortly after the incident, in January ofBetty Parris and Abigail Williams began behaving strangely, having fits, screaming out in pain and complaining that invisible spirits were pinching them.
Samuel Parris of Salem Village: Parris appears to have been much astonished, when the physicians informed him, that his daughter and niece were, no doubt, under an evil hand. There is evidence that Mr. Parris endeavored to keep the opinion of the physicians a secret, at least, till he could determine what course to pursue.
This was done without the knowledge of Parris. The means used to make the discovery, was to make a cake of rye meal, with the urine of the children, and bake it in the ashes, and give it to a dog to eat. Similar disgusting practices appear to have been used to discover and kill witches, during the whole period of the delusion.
Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osbourne. The women were arrested and examined on March 1, After news of the witch hunt spread throughout the colony, Reverend Deodat Lawson, the previous Salem minister, returned to Salem in mid-March to find out more about the suspicious activities in the village. When I was there, his kinswoman, Abigail Williams, about 12 years of agehad a grievous fit; she was at first hurried with violence to and fro in the room though Mrs.
Ingersol endeavored to hold her sometimes making as if she would fly, stretching up her arms as high as she could, and crying, whish, whish, whish, several times; presently after she said, there was Goodw.
Why there she stands! After that, she ran to the fire, and began to throw fire-brands about the house, and run against the back, as if she would run up chimney, and, as they said, she had attempted to go into the fire in other fits. Corey had been accused of witchcraft the previous week and a warrant had been issued for her arrest on Saturday, March There was also at meeting, Goodwife C.
They had several sore fits in the time of public worship, which did something interrupt me in my first prayer, being so unusual. After psalm was sung, Abigail Williams said to me, Now stand up, and name your text!
And after it was read, she said, It is a long text…And in the afternoon, Abigail Williams, upon my referring to my doctrine, said to me, I know no doctrine you had, If you did name one, I have forgot it.
In sermon time, when Goodwife C. Ann Putnam, another afflicted girl, said, There was a yellow bird sat on my hat as it hang on the pin in the pulpit; but those that were by, restrained her from speaking aloud about it.
Abigail said she saw the witches eating and drinking flesh and blood, which appeared as red bread and a red drink. Yes Sir, that was their sacrament. How many were there? About forty, and Goody Cloyse and Goody Good were their deacons.
They said it was our blood, and they had it twice that day. It was during this examination that Abigail Williams and the other afflicted girls turned on John Proctor and accused him of witchcraft as well.
It is not known why exactly the girls accused John Proctor but it is suspected that it was because Proctor was an outspoken critic of the girls, often calling them liars, and reportedly stated they should be whipped for lying. It is unlikely that this actually happened due to the age difference between the eleven-year-old Abigail Williams and the year-old John Proctor at the time.
There is also no proof that Williams and Proctor even knew each other before the witch trails began.Reverend Samuel Parris was the minister at Salem Village during the Salem Witch Trials of Samuel Parris was born in London, England in In the late s, his father, Thomas Parris, moved his entire family to a sugar plantation that he had purchased in Barbados.
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the madness of the Salem witch trials is explored in great detail. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which is the girls' suppressed childhoods. Refutation of the Jewish holocaust hoax, specifically the claims that Jews were killed in gas chambers or gas vans.
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