What is the timeline of the treatment of women during the Puritan times and it leads up to the Salem with trials?
- phoebeLv 62 years agoFavorite Answer
Despite their society frowning on witchcraft, minor forms of folk magic were still practiced, such as using apple peels to divine the initials of one's future husband.
The sneaking off to the woods to practice rituals that you see in The Crucible did not happen. However, the girls had endured an especially cold winter, and in the Parris household, the girls in the house may have passed the time listening to their slave Tituba's stories of her life in Barbados. The girls also went to church as required, where they heard vivid depictions of souls in eternal damnation for not following God's way. There was also a lot of fear of attacks by Indians. The girls basically lived in an environment where they were taught to fear and suspect anything that did not fit the church's idea of God's will, as these were agents of the Devil. Imagine being a hormonal young person with natural curiosity about things teenagers usually wonder about, and being told that these desires are the Devil tempting them away from God and into hell.
So there was a lot of inconsistencies. Behaviors that were considered arrestible offenses during the Trials may have been overlooked before, like reading certain books. The first woman to be executed was a prostitute: something that was fairly well known but not really considered a problem until then. Respectable women were held to higher standards of piety, while men's sins were more likely to be overlooked (though that did not mean they were exempt from the church's rules.) Men drank or had affairs like in any other community, while women were bound by the same old double standard. That said, Puritan England was not terribly misogynistic. Women were expected to fulfill their roles as wives and mothers, but they could have a respectable standing in the community. Anne Bradbury, for example, became a world renowned poet.
The accusations started with already suspect people, such as Tituba and a belligerent homeless woman. Some of the accused felt they had no choice but to confess or they would be executed. The ones that were killed refused to confess out of principle. But the hysteria only grew as people "learned" there were so many witches living among them, and they got carried away with their fear.
- TheSicilianSageLv 72 years ago
The trials at Salem were disputes over land masquerading as "witch trials" and had little to nothing to do about women per se; for of the twenty convicted and executed, seven were male.
- TinaLv 72 years ago
Why particularly the Salem witch trials? the accusers were mostly young women, and a proportion of the accused were men, including five who were hanged, one who died, possibly of ill treatment in prison, and Giles Corey, pressed to death.
- choko_canyonLv 72 years ago
Just look up "Puritans" in wikipedia, and then look up "Salem Witch Trials".