I read it as a teenager and it demonstrated the possibilities of historical narrative for me as no other book had. Despite what I perceive as a flaw, the book is not without merit. A woman named Martha and her husband Giles were accused. In truth, this book is a near-failure. By providing this essential context to the famous events, and by casting her net well beyond the borders of Salem itself, Norton sheds new light on one of the most perplexing and fascinating periods in our history. Finally, as time went on, the quantity of accusations and the quality of the persons accused both increased greatly, to the point where witchcraft of such magnitude would have been logistically impossible to have carried on unnoticed in such a small community. There are four children who had to be sent to live with Professor Kirke because their mother wanted them to be safe.
The confusing order in which Starkey retells events and the ineffective and useless information that is put in for building character personalities. I had expected to find that Salem Village was an isolated, superstitious place where actions like this could happen. Starkey said she'd been inspired to do the researched by her two college classes on psychology. Snakes play a very important role in the Harry potter series and without them, the series would not be complete. He explains this by showing how the drink influenced major events around the globe.
If they didn't publish so much good stuff, I wouldn't have them in my house. The book allows the reader to reflect on the life of the Salem people and understand the happenings. Down to the description of John Procter's face and Sarah Good's tobacco habit, she has provided us with enough information to lead us down the factual road, but fill our hands with the feelings of humanity along the way. Marion Starkey wrote the to a novel but being non-fiction and she states that it is an American history. It was a rather slow book, and very difficult to get into. It is almost impossible to apply modern thinking to historical events as I have said, and yet that seems to happen frequently.
Hale, meanwhile, is undergoing an internal crisis. Starkey also claims in her introduction that she has tried to apply some 'modern psychology' to the major players in the conflict, but I saw little evidence of that. Reverend Samuel Parris 1653-1720 Childish fantasies of little girls in Salem Village provoked the witch hunts. Experience all the content you could possibly want from comprehensive library of timeless classics and new releases. Overall, the characterisation of those involved is simplistic, Tituba not Afro-Caribbean but a Native American Indian as recent research has discovered is a 'gifted' slave, Rebecca Nurse a well-respected grandmother and John Procotor spelt Procter here is an 'honest, skeptical farmer', who 'had long-ago won the respect if not the love of his maidservant' Mary Warren. It follows a close chronological order of the proceedings from start to finish. One negative of this edition: the Time Inc.
Example are the French Revolution, PolPot in Cambodia, Communism, Nazism and never more than we are witnessing in the world today. Many people were accused of being witches, and then the remainder of their family was accused. It may not take the most comprehensive look at what the trials mean, nor does it add anything exceptional to what happened, but it gives us a more complete picture of what we know. There really was no way to be free if you ever were accused of being a witch. What would the godly say when they learned that the electorate was no longer to be limited to but broadened to include propertied members of every Christian sect this side of papistry? Abigail makes an attempt to kill Goody Proctor by casting a spell upon her. I bet a decent library might have a copy as well, so I'd try there first.
Hysteria and fear overtook the village and its interested to see how a town or village during the colonial times would react to something of this extent. When a new doctor examines the girls, he notes that the attacks are from a spell. Being a native of Massachusetts, I'm perhaps more drawn to this particular subject than I otherwise might be, particularly since Salem was a mere two hours away from my hometown and we actually visited the Salem Witch Museum on a school field trip during my formative years. Starkey uses confusing historical terms in a book that is clearly written in present day English. Caveats out of the way first: yes, there are some factual inaccuracies in this riveting account of the Salem witchcraft hysteria.
For example, one of the most surefire means by which the allegations were proved true took place during the examinations themselves. Starkey notes her primary sources mostly are from Essex County Archives. The Devil in Massachusetts describes in sequence the people and events that surrounded the Salem Witch Trials. We all know the story, but seeing it firsthand more or less brings a greater understanding or impact to what happened all those years ago. There were moments when the language lost me a little bit. In the preface of the book, Starkey states that this dialogue is not of my invention: it is copied out of the records pg. The ensuing investigation eventually overcame the community and surrounding area.
I still have a fair amount of research to prove that, but the possibility got me interested in learning more about the trials and what happened. The book is similar to Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials by Marilynne K. Years later the Massachusetts colony admitted error and compensated many victims but everyone was forever changed. The author did her job well, pulling no stops and naming all names. Starkey, by her own description, decided to approach the Trials from a psychoanalytic standpoint, Freudian analyses of human behavior being tremendously popular in her day. Witches in the abstract were not hanged in Salem; but one by one were brought to the gallows.
There were parts that were embellished to some degree, but I feel that when it is written in the narrative form like it is, it might be more legitimate. She began writing as a child, but did not take up writing full-time for many years. The novel The Devil in Massachusetts, written by Marion L. The book actually takes it's dialogue from real trial records, but Marion L. I always seem to have a problem judging a book by its notes and sources and I am really trying not to do so, but it is important to know where information has come from. Frances Hill's 'The Delusion of Satan' is a much better introduction to the subject please, forget Miller for authenticity, his is a dramatic work of fiction, nothing else in spite of his historical note; Abigail and Proctor were 12 and 60 and had never met before his wife's examination. Despite the lack of any new insights on the Salem witch trials, The Devil in Massachusetts is a great glimpse into the mass confusion, terror and murder in pre-colonial New England.
Full review to come ++++++++++++++ Rating: 3 Stars It utterly baffles me that these events ever even occurred. Tituba was also the girls' playmates teaching them many lessons from Barbados. Hitherto the limitation of the privilege of voting to the had been the very corner-stone of theocracy. The people of the town of Salem, Massachusetts were disturbed by this new news and could not stop themselves from trying to eliminate the bad that they perceived was in town. Perhaps the best summary of the essential substance of this book is offered by its title. There was definitely some borderline personality disorder among the 'afflicted girls,' most notably Abigail Williams. Yet now, under the new charter, it very much looked as if they might.