The Devil’s Shadow
the events that caused the trials were discussed in the story.
Place Setting: Most of the action in this story took place in Salem,
also the actual site of the Salem Witch Trials. The town of Salem,
was largely uneducated and very superstitious. Since many lacked education,
they did not understand many events that happened in their daily lives. Many
things that went wrong in their daily lives would be blamed on witchcraft or
sorcery. Such common things as burnt bread or broken plates would be blamed on
the supernatural. Many people, especially the uneducated, firmly believed in
the power to perform “black magic” that caused some kind of trouble. Every time
something bad happened they would blame it on witches and witchcraft.
named Samuel Parris. She lived in Barbados until Samuel Parris brought her to
merchant in 1689 and moved to Salem to become a minister.
Other main characters in this story include the girls that were taught
were accused of witchcraft.
Two Important Events: One important event in this story was when the hysterical
girls are assumed to have been influenced by Tituba’s witchcraft. This event
Many people suddenly became accused after the girls became associated with
witchcraft in their society. They were ready to believe that people were
witches at the drop of a hat, and because of this, they unjustly accused and
murdered hundreds of people. This can be seen as the starting point of the
witchcraft hysteria in Salem that killed so many people.
Another important event in this story was when everything began to get
became a choice on whether or not you were going to accuse someone else in order
to save yourself. People that were accused just accused different people in
order to save themselves from hanging. Soon, everyone was accusing everyone
history because it made people realize how pointless the while witchcraft
hysteria really was. It was also the first step towards the end of the hysteria.
differences in the society of Salem in the late seventeenth century. The fact
that all of the blame was put on an African American slave woman from the start
shows that the higher class people tended to blame the lower class people for
their problems. Also, people accused of witchcraft instantly became looked down
on in society. This relates to the fact that people tended to accuse people
their accusation. All of these things have helped me to realize that class
differences are evident in every society. It has also led me to believe that