What are some short and long term results cause by the Salem Witch Trials?
If I were alive during this particular time period but NOT accused of witchcraft or executed because of it, how would I be affected personally as well as the rest of the village of salem?
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I think in the short term, Miller's assumptions we see in the 4th Act are true... Livestock wandering the streets, orphans roaming from house to house, and crops rotting in the fields were just a few of the known effects in that era. I would assume some of the unknown effects were relationships that never recovered from the pain of the accusations, and children who may have bore deep-seeded resentments against the church.
In the long term, obviously the impact of the hysteria the Salem Witch Trials created has not gone away. It is a focus in all major book publishers' literature series, and Hollywood doesn't leave it alone either. Many types of "witch-hunts" have happened even over the last century that have kept the reminder of the Salem Witch Trials in view. They are a good reminder to consider how far our beliefs can carry us to poorly carry out what we sometimes think is justice.
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