Bias means “partiality” or “an inclination toward a certain position.” Although Mather’s report is supposedly an objective account of the trial, his choice of words makes it clear that in reality his report is written from a biased point of view. For example, his reference to Martha Carrier as a “rampant hag” clearly indicates his negative attitude toward her.
13. How does Mather’s statement that “a number of bewitched persons” were brought in to testify against Carrier reveal his bias?
14. Find two other examples of language that clearly indicates Mather’s bias.
15. Do you think it possible for a person to be completely free of bias? Explain your answer.