The belief of the Devil and his association with witchcraft is something the Puritans could not prove with physical evidence. It was simply a belief which influenced how they explained the causes of different events as to bring a sense of control into their lives. Additionally, it was a way to show God their true devotion as they were shedding light on the people who went against his teachings and ideas. A lot of evidence came from the behavior of the accused as witches were believed to be “malicious spirits, impatient people, and full of revenge”. A well-known example of the odd behavior exhibited by the accused is the story of Betty Parris who was the daughter of Reverend Samuel Parris and her cousin Abigail Williams who broke out in convulsions and saw frightening visons. In turn, this allowed them to see into the lives of others and make accusations against those who supposedly possessed them with the magic of witchcraft provided by the Devil. Betty’s mother said she would find her daughter “sitting all alone at her needlework, her hands poised but motionless, her eyes staring uncanny fixity at an invisible object. ‘Betty’ the mother would say, and the child would start violently as if caught in an act of guilt, scream sharply, and being pressed for an explanation would give utterance to a meaningless babbling”. Alongside odd behavior being a major indicator of witchcraft another way of accusing a person would be through visions or dreams as it was believed that God would reveal who these unholy people were. The testimony of Sarah Bibber, Mary Walcott, Johanna Childen, and Susannah Sheldon against Sarah Good is one example of many how seeing an apparition proved one unholy. Sarah Good was one the first women to be accused of witchcraft and this was done so by Abigail Williams and Ann Putman. In Sarah Bibbers testimony she stated, “I saw the apparition of Sarah Good standing by my bedside, and she pulled aside the curtain and turned down the sheet and looked upon my child four years old, and presently, upon it, the child was struck into a great fit that my husband and I could hardly hold”.
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