Comparison of the Salem Witch Projects

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The reason why these two documents were chosen was because of my beliefs in witches, and my interest in the contradiction between good versus evil. Also, another reason why this subject was chosen was because I have study the Salem witch trials back in high school, so I already knew something about the subject matter. The theme that connects both “Insufficiency of Evidence Against Witches” and “Wonder of the Invisible World” is that both Increase and Cotton Mather were both puritan ministers that participated in the Salem witch trials. In addition, both father and son had different views on how the trials should be handled. The author of “Insufficiency of Evidence Against Witches” was Increase Mather. The purpose of writing this …show more content…

And it may easily be supposed that the devil was exceedingly disturbed when he perceived such a people here accomplishing the promise of old made unto our Blessed Jesus – that He should have the utmost parts of the earth for His possession” (pg.1). The second major point the author discusses in the document is that the devil is trying to bring down the society and take over the land; however, if the villagers resist the temptations that the devil persuades them with then they would see calm days again. “Wherefore, the devil is now making one attempt more upon us; an attempt more difficult, more surprising, more snarled with unintelligible circumstances than any that we have hitherto encountered; an attempt so critical, that if we get well through, we shall soon enjoy halcyon days, with all the vultures of hell trodden under our feet” (pg. 1-2). The third major point the author discusses in the document is that the devil is within the homes of good religious people and out of the ordinary mischief starts happening within homes causing individuals to become one of Satan’s diabolical servant. “An army of devils is horribly broken in upon the place which is the center, and after a sort, the firstborn of our English settlements. And the houses of the good people there are filled with the doleful shrieks of their children and servants, tormented by invisible hands, with tortures altogether