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The Puritan Myth The witch trials in Salem Massachusetts in the early sixteen hundreds was a time of uneasiness and suspicion Anyone could easily turn in his or her neighbor on the ground of witchcraft Someone could merely say their neighbors spirit had attacked them during the night which no person can prove Nevertheless as a God-fearing community the people of Salem could not think of denying the evidence because to deny the existence of Evil is to deny the existence of Goodness which is in this case would be God The people of Salem and the other surrounding towns were called Puritans To be Puritan meant to live a life to God praising him praying to him and never doing him wrong in any such way To turn away from God as a Puritan would mean that one would burn in hellfire and damnation for eternity when one would pass The Puritans were so into God that if one broke one commandment or did something that would supposedly offend God one could be executed The lifestyle of the Puritans basically revolved around the Ten Commandments and the holy book itself the bible one who followed the guidelines on how to live the way of life who not be punished in this life or the next But one who strayed away from the Ten Commandments or the bible would have to suffer the consequences for what one has done The Crucible a play written by Arthur Miller the town of Salem Massachusetts goes into total chaos because of a case of alleged witchcraft Now the people of Salem were Puritans and anything not in the bible or the Ten Commandments was considered treason against God To go against God as a Puritan was the ultimate sin which could result in imprisonment or even execution Now in the Ten Commandments it states Thou shall not kill so killing someone would be a sin
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