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Witches Scapegoats and DisorderSection04 Are the Witches in Macbeth Psychological ProjectionsNo estate no class no group however conceived was completely exempt from the persuasiveness of belief in witchcraft witches could strike anywhere One of the most famous questions that still exists today is do witches really exist or are they simply a creation of the human mind Reginal Scott questions the intentions behind the witch craze According to him witchcraft and those being accused were questionable He was very skeptical about whether or not these accusations were legitimate or if people were accusing others simply in fear of their own lives In writing his doubts about witchcraft his own life was in danger He was aware that at anytime he could himself of being a witchBut whatsoever is reported or conceived of such manners of witchcraft I dare avow to be false and fabulous coosinage dotage and poisoning excepted neither is there any mention made of these kind of witches in the Bible Reginal Scott had his doubts about the existence of witchcraft because there is no mention of the existence of witchcraft in the Bible His question was not whether or not witches truly existed but what was the extent of their power However his questioning of the extent of their power questions whether or not they were truly a threat to society He questioned whether or not this craze was truly necessary At the Persecutions at Bamberg the mayor himself Johannes Junius wrote a letter to his daughter talking about his experiences This letter states that he only confessed to witchcraft because he was tortured over a period of many days He writes of how each day a different mode of torture was inflicted upon him Tortures such as thumbscrews legscrews and the strappado were inflicted upon him until he confessed He
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