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Mondloch, Helen. “Blessed and Bedeviled.”



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Mondloch, Helen. “Blessed and Bedeviled.” The World and I Online (2002): 156-165. (10)
Helen Mondloch details a time in which fear of the unknown reigned roughly against the people of New England. Holding a tight grip to religion, similar to Mary Rowlandson in Sweeney’s piece as detailed above, the Salem Witch Trails were a moment in American History which one can dictate to be truly appalling. Taking more than one hundred and fifty lives, with either imprisonment or death, in the course of less than a year, the Salem Witch Trails, as detailed in “Blessed and Bedeviled”, was the product of “legends that flourished among the Puritans”.13 The tales recounted by Mondloch are a sort of “moral to the story” as she explains in finishing up her piece, in that modern day politics face a similar obstacle, as “our democratic principles still face the perennial threat of an arrogant religious impulse”.14 The idea of witchcraft though, in its purest sense, is not what remained the most frightening aspect of the Witch Trials. Instead it was the relationship that people attributed to the acts and the lore. Without the attachment of evil and Satan that people placed on differences in the name of fear instances such as the Witch Trials, and many a war even, could have been avoided.




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