How Children were Affected
In 1962, no matter what your age you had the same rules as adults, doing chores and attending mass. You could show no emotions such as fear, anger, and happiness was unexeptable. If you acted poorly, you would be severely punished. If you were young, you rarely got to play with toys if you owned any. Puritans saw these things as sinful distractions.
In the days of the Salem Witch Trials there was not much to feed the imagination that did not warn of sin and eternal punishment. Threfore, it is not surprising that young girls were so interested in the slave, Tituba. Tituba had many magical stories and fortune-telling games. The girls had never heard of or seen these things before because these kind of stories and games were strictly forbidden from everyone. This be one of the reasones for their strange behavior. At this time young girls were forbidden to express themselves, and it is easy to see why they adored the attention the recieved when they became "bewitched." Of course, there were probably many factors behind the girls' actions. The girls may have started the witch hunt but the adults were the ones who kept it alive.