Witch-Hunt, Marc Aronson

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3 Responses to “Witch-Hunt, Marc Aronson”

  1. Kaleb H. Says:

    In a meetinghouse in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1692, a woman by the name of Ann Glover stands before her judges and is accused of witchcraft. Martha is a poor, unpopular woman who had a child before she was married. As the book (and trial) progresses, the girls who have accused her of witchcraft begin to freak out and scream that the woman is hurting them. Some of them show scars and wounds to their terrified audience. While Aronson (the author) states that there was no definite depiction of what happened, the witch trials claimed twenty-five lives, shattered the community, and forever shaped the American social conscience.

    Witch-Hunt is the perfect book for you if you are curious about the Salem Witch Trials. Aronson does a great job of putting together the theories and facts of the trials. I highly recommend this book if you don’t know anything about the trials, or if you want to know more about them.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Killing Lincoln, Salem’s Lot, and American Psycho

  2. Kaj CM. Says:

    Summary:
    Witch-Hunt is set in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692. In a courthouse where a woman stands before her judge. As the trial against this woman continues, there are girls there who begin to cry, and scream that the woman is hurting them. Some of them expose wounds to the people in the court room, holding out the pins that have stabbed them. The witch trials will eventually claim twenty-five lives, and change the town of Salem forever.

    Evaluation:
    I thought that Witch-Hunt was very interesting and informative to anyone wanting to know and learn about the Salem witch trials and what really happened. I would recommend this book to others because you get to know more about the people in the trials and what really happened in them. I highly recommend this book.

  3. Madison L. Says:

    While Aronson notes how there is no definite depiction of what went on during the Salem Witch trials, he does his best in Witch Hunt, to connect the facts and the theories. Aronson discusses many accused and accusers in this story and debunks as well as supports numerous theories explored by others. In the beginning, Aronson sets in on the case of Mather V.S Glover, where the witch scare began. Glover was accused of bewitching a family and causing strange things to happen. The fear of he devil was extremely prevalent during this time as fairy tales illustrating magic, wickedness and curses circulating caused paranoia. Aronson explains how some people could have been attempting folk magic at this time, like a girl Abigail and a couple others who had unexplained pinches and bites as well as random muteness. Aronson ponders whether they were acting out of boredom or experimenting. Other women who looked to live sinful or odd lives were often accused of witch craft as well. Ann Putnam was an avid accuser who not only accused the stereotypical “witches” but also church going women. The fear of the devil working through witches grew stronger with each accusation, causing chaos in the town. The new governor appointed insisted those accused who did not confess must be hung. One woman, named Mary, came close to stopping the trials, but was hung instead. At the end of the maddening trials, people started to think maybe they hung innocent victims and admitted to being wrong, except the accusers who were quiet. Aronson includes in the epilog the different views and arguments scholars have had on the Salem witch trials throughout the years.

    This was a great book on the Salem witch trials if you are looking for an easy to follow depiction of what happened. It’s nice that Aronson included pictures and you are able to see how some people viewed the “witches” of that time. He also includes a timeline to show the main events, which is helpful if you are answering specific questions or looking for certain events. The way he wrote about the different trials and true stories was very intriguing and simple enough to understand. This book gives readers a deeper understanding of what happened during the Salem witch trials and reveals the truth about the horrifying events. Since each chapter includes different characters and trials, you get all the interesting bits of everything that happened. All in all, great book with great information about the subject.

    Recommendations: The Kite Runner, Naked Lunch, The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.

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