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Witchcraft in the Small Village of Salem - Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. Madness over witchcraft was caused by a group of girls (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few had tried to use it (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village panic was a major event in United States history which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely....   [tags: Salem witch trials,]
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Fear in Salem, Massachusetts and "The Crucible" - What do you fear in our twenty-first century society. Terrorism, inequality, losing your home, or injustice. Salem, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century feared injustices among the government. Individuals hid and lied to keep safe from being condemned as witches. This era of history is known as the Salem Witch Trials. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible explores the Salem Witch Trials while following the lives of several individuals. The fear and mistrust among the seventeenth century Salem society can be directly related to today’s twenty-first century society....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Crucible, ] 732 words
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The History of the Salem Witchcraft Trials - During the time of the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, more than twenty people died an innocent death. All of those innocent people were accused of one thing, witchcraft. During 1692, in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts many terrible events happened. A group of Puritans lived in Salem during this time. They had come from England, where they were prosecuted because of their religious beliefs. They chose to come live in America and choose their own way to live. They were very strict people, who did not like to act different from others....   [tags: Salem Witchcraft Trials, ] 2587 words
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Causes of the Salem Witch Trials - From the beginning of time there has been conflict between the views of different people and their different groups. Conflict has brought prejudice and fear into communities around the world. As conflict is an inescapable part of any society, it can be expected to extend to the greatest impact possible. The Salem Witch Trials are one such conflict. This conflict caused many to be accused, arrested, and killed. Because of social, economic, religious, and physical problems within the community, Salem Village was present with prejudice and panic causing the Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: witchcraft, salem village, American history]
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Salem Witch Trials Diary - The year was 1692, and I still remember as if it were yesterday. The events that occurred were terrifying for me as I lived in horror not knowing whether I would live or die. “More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, the Devil’s magic, and 20 were executed” (Blumberg). It all started the day Mother decided to take me to the market place. We were desperately trying to get everything together for my birthday. I couldn’t wait for my 16th birthday, but I got more than I bargained for....   [tags: salem witch trial]
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Marilynne K. Roach's Six Women of Salem - Before reading historian Marilynne K. Roach’s Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, it must be clear that I hadn’t known much about the Salem Witch Trials besides what knowing they were in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692-93. I only recognized that there were a few unfortunate women who had been accused of being witches, sentenced to their deathbeds, and brutally burned in front of the whole town. After reading Roach’s book, I’ve found out that this thought alone was false because none of the accused were meant to be burned at all but instead the whole town was called out to watch these women being hung....   [tags: salem's accused, salem witch trials]
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The History of the Salem Witch Trial in 1692 - There was a point in our history when people believed in witches. If you were accused as a witch, you would be tried, most of the time found guilty, and hanged. These events happened in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. During the Salem witch trials in 1692, more women were accused than men. At the same time, women were also accusers. Many things could have caused women to be accused and accusers. These included, the stories Tituba told, the effects of Ergot Poisoning, Hysteria and the hunger for Power....   [tags: salem witch trial, ] 800 words
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Ergotism, Hysteria, and Disorders Detected in Salem - ... The affected women experienced an inner conflict which was explained by the ministers as a struggle between good and evil. As to the physical symptoms: the fits, trances, and paralyzed limbs, among others, Karlsen attributes them to the afflicted girls’ actual fear of witches as well as the idea that once they fell into an afflicted state they were free to express unacceptable feels without reprisal. The swollen throats, extended tongues, and eyes frozen in peripheral stares were manifestations of the inner rage they felt toward society; they were so upset they literally could not speak....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, the Crucible]
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Trouble Brewing in Salem - The Salem Witch Trials, a series of horrifying events that occurred over 300 years ago, comprise one of the darkest chapters of American History. They began as two Salem girls lit the spark for a wildfire of hysteria and confusion that would consume the innocence of Salem Village. A year and twenty needless deaths later, the trials were put to a sudden stop. In addition, many theories behind the horror relate to events still taking place in the world today. Although this American tragedy occurred hundreds of years ago, the underlying reasons are still not fully understood....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, American History]
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The Role of Young Women in the Salem Witch Trials - The term witchcraft is defines as the practice of magic intended to influence nature. It is believed that only people associated with the devil can perform such acts. The Salem Witch Trials was much more than just America’s history, it’s also part of the history of women. The story of witchcraft is first and foremost the story of women. Especially in its western life, Karlsen (1989) noted that “witchcraft challenges us with ideas about women, with fears about women, with the place of women in society and with women themselves”....   [tags: The Salem Witch Trials]
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A Historical Comparison of the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthyism Era - Throughout history , it has been shown that, history has a tendency to repeat itself. In 1692, men and women were accused of witchcraft whether they were guilty or not. The place that this was occurring was, Salem, Massachusetts, a city full of puritans who came from Europe. Witchcraft was the among the worst crime any individual could do. This often times led to people being hung or exiled from the church. Many people were hung, even though they were innocent. Many years later during the WWII era, there was a lot of speculation about communists and their impact in America This era was known as the McCarthyism era, because, Sen....   [tags: social issues, salem witchcraft trials]
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Salem Witch Trials Of 1692 - The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 In colonial Massachusetts between February of 1692 and May of 1963 over one hundred and fifty people were arrested and imprisoned for the capital felony of witchcraft. Trials were held in Salem Village, Ipswich, Andover and Salem Town of Essex County of Massachusetts, but accusations of witchcraft occurred in surrounding counties as well. Nineteen of the accused, fourteen women and five men, were hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem Village. Hysteria had swept through Puritan Massachusetts and hundreds of people were accused of witchcraft....   [tags: Witch Salem History Hunt] 1056 words
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Salem is Coated in Pride in "The Crucible" by Aurthur Miller - Pride: noun: a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. Although some might not believe it, today's society is filled with pride; from being proud of your heritage to being proud of your life in general, pride is all around. But the Catholic Church believes that pride is the absolute worst of the seven deadly sins because all a prideful person thinks of is only himself, and that is the exact opposite of what the Catholic Church teaches....   [tags: Salem, Pride, Crucible, Aurthur Miller, witches,] 1428 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials The witch trials of the late 1600's were full of controversy and uncertainty. The Puritan town of Salem was home to most of these trials, and became the center of much attention in 1692. More than a hundred innocent people were found guilty of practicing witchcraft during these times, and our American government forced over a dozen to pay with their lives. The main reasons why the witch trials occurred were conflicts dealing with politics, religion, family, economics, and fears of the citizens....   [tags: History Salem Witch Trials] 1357 words
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Witchcraft in Salem - Witchcraft in Salem In the past, the word Salem has always been somewhat synonymous with the infamous witch trials. Thanks to works such as Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, many people find it hard not to envision a community torn apart by chaos, even though Miller’s play was not so much about the witch trials but instead a commentary on the rampant McCarthyism going on at the time he wrote it. Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, however, see a very different picture when the Salem witch trials are mentioned....   [tags: Salem Possesed Witchcraft Witch Trials Essays] 1396 words
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Salem Witch Trials - The year 1692 marked a major event in history in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witchcraft Trials still leaves this country with so many questions as to what happened in that small town. With all the documentation and accounts of the story, people are still wondering why 19 people died as a result of these trials. This paper will discuss the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials and the events that took place during and after the trials, and the men and women who were killed or spent the remainder of their lives in jail....   [tags: History Salem Witch Trials] 1476 words
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The Truth of Reverend Hale during The Salem Witch Trials in "the Crucible,” by Arthur Miller - The Salem witch trials were a time period in which there was mass chaos and very little reason. In, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, there were an elect group of people that overcame this hysteria of the trials. Among the people of reason arose, Reverend Hale, who displayed both sides of the hysteria. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character as he transforms from a character following the strict law and causing the deaths of many, to a character that understands the ridiculousness of the trials. In the beginning of the play, Hale enters as a strict law abiding citizen enjoying his position of power and his ability to make the decisions in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Arthur Miller] 543 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witchcraft trials in Massachusetts during 1692 resulted in nineteen innocent men and women being hanged, one man pressed to death, and in the deaths of more than seventeen who died in jail. It all began at the end of 1691 when a few girls in the town began to experiment with magic by gathering around a crystal ball to try to find the answer to questions such as "what trade their sweet harts should be of ". This conjuring took place in the Parris household where a woman named Tituba, an Indian slave, headed the rituals....   [tags: American History Witch Witches Essays Salem]
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Cotton Mather and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 - Cotton Mather and the Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 took place in the Puritan community of Salem, Massachusetts. Cotton Mather, a clergyman in Salem, emerged throughout the course of the trials as a pillar of support and, ultimately, as a witch-hunter. However, his motives at the beginning of the trials were driven by his Puritanical reasoning which holds a strong belief in Biblical Law. Cotton Mather used his Puritanical faith to find reasoning in God that allowed the Salem Witch Trials to occur....   [tags: Puritan Community Salem, Massachusetts]
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Salem Witch Trials - Salem Witch Trials Throughout history millions of people have been scorned, accused, arrested, tortured, put to trial and, persecuted as witches. One would think that by the time the United States was colonized, these injustices on humanity would have come to an end, but that was not so. In 1692 a major tragedy occurred in America, the Salem witch trials. It all began when a group of girls accused others, generally older women, of consorting with the devil. The witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts resulted from the strict Puritan code which aroused the girls interest in superstition and magic and caused strange behavior....   [tags: Witchcraft Salem Witch Trials History Essays]
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Comparing Salem Possessed by Paul Boyer, The Story of the Salem Witch Trials by Bryan Le Beau, and Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol Karlsen - Comparing "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 spread just about as fast as the Black Plague. This epidemic caused chaos among neighbors in a community. The chronology of events describes an awful time for colonists from June 10th to September 22nd of that year. The books "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen all describe these events and provide varying explanations for the epidemic that plagued Sale...   [tags: Salem Witch Trials 1692]
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The Salem Scare - On the day of the hangings at Gallows Hill, many watched as friends and family were executed for crimes they had not committed. Arthur Miller wrote about that which preceded this morbid event in The Crucible. The story, which catalogs the witchcraft trials of Salem, was not an unprovoked piece of literature. At the time Miller wrote the play, America was dreadfully close to war with Russia, and many believed that communists were infiltrating the government. Joseph McCarthy was a man who oftentimes would accuse people of being “Reds.” Arthur Miller was one of the victims of McCarthy's verbal attacks....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Arthur Miller] 1757 words
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Witches of Salem - In Boston on October 17, 1711, an act was “made and passed by the great and general court or assembly of her majesty’s province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England.” This act was to “reverse the attainders of George Burroughs and others for witchcraft.” In other words, the act was to restore honor or civil rights to those accused and prosecuted for witchcraft by proclaiming them as innocent. This act added to the interpretation of going to extreme lengths to accuse people of things and trying to get other people in trouble for crimes they may or may not have committed....   [tags: justice, acusations, punisment]
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Witchcraft in the Salem Village and The Crucible - Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. A hysteria over it was caused by a group of girls. (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning. (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few have tried to use it. (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village hysteria was a major event in United States history, which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 998 words
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The Causes of the Salem Witch Trials - What caused the Salem Witch Trials. This question has been asked for hundreds of years, yet the world still isn't sure of the answer. The only statement that can be proven is that there were multiple causes (salemwitchtrials.com). No one factor pushed the trials into existence. Even simple things, like fear, took a part in the overall cause. To this day, scientists and researchers alike still argue over the answer to this riddling question. In the early winter months of 1692, in colonial Massachusetts, two young girls began exhibiting strange symptoms that were described to be "beyond the power of Epileptic Fits or natural disease to effect (examiner.com)." Doctors looked them over, but co...   [tags: trails, factors, hysteria]
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Salem Witches and Ergot of Rye - ... Bridget Bishop was accused, because the way that Bishop "was in the propensity of dressing more aesthetically than ladies of the town" likewise helped in vast part to her conviction and execution. The Salem Witch Trials ended, because highly respected citizens started to be accused and executed, such as Rebecca Nurse, George Burroughs, and Giles Corey. Also, evidence was brought to show people that witchcraft was not the factor of the children's’ illness. About Ergot of Rye Ergot of rye is a poisonous condition transformed by consuming grain, grain items, (for example, rye bread), or grasses tainted with ergot parasite or by ceaseless unreasonable utilization of an ergot drug....   [tags: victims, witchcraft]
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Overview of the Salem Witch Trails - The Salem Witch Trails A dark time in American history could be easily recognized in the chaos and mass hysteria stirred up during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, when many people lost their lives due to crazed accusations and extremist religious beliefs. Today Salem is known as the home of The Salem Witch Trails. Many people visit places like Gallows Hill and the House where they held the accusation meetings. Salem’s rich history makes it a very popular tourist attraction today. All the chaos began when a few young girls began having strange fits....   [tags: Gallows Hill, Witchcraft, American History]
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Who is Responsible for the Salem Tragedy? - ... He thinks reputation is more important to him than standing up to save innocent lives. Next, when pride and arrogance comes in between with one’s intelligence, the effects are often destructive. Danforth proves this through his actions. Throughout the book, he is overconfident. He questions the people (accused) like he already knows that they are guilty. Subsequently, Danforth convicts people based on one’s opinion not fact. He believes that the girls are saying the truth, but he never tries to find evidence or ask the people accused what they have to say before they are hanged....   [tags: mass hysteria, witch trials] 764 words
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The Theories of the Salem Witch Trials - ... People would not think that something like the weather could cause so much trouble and distress, but things work in mysterious ways. Studies have shown that as the climate varied from year to year during this cold period, lower temperatures resulted with higher numbers of witchcraft accusations (Wolchover). Something like a winter fuel shortage would have made for a fairly miserable colonial home, and "the higher the misery quotient, the more likely you are to be seeing witches." (Wolchover)....   [tags: psychological condition, illness] 1149 words
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The Salem Witch Trials Description - Since ancient times, the world has been plagued by the belief that witches roam freely. Witch trials have long been an iniquitous way to get rid of the presumably evil men and women who lurk throughout the deepest parts of the earth. From the beginning of time, an estimated 50 to 200 thousand people have been killed because of witch trials ; however, the most famous witch trial that ever took place was the Salem Witch Trials that occurred during 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Massachusetts was settled by English Puritans in 1630; it was inhibited by close to six hundred residents, who lived in two unmistakably different societies: Salem town, and Salem Village....   [tags: witch trial, witchcraft, sarah osborne]
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The Horrors of the Salem Witch Trials - In all of human history, people have written about inhuman beings, many of which include gods, demons, wizards, sorcerers, and witches. Nowadays, mystical beings are seen everywhere in media. Most of society stopped believing in these creatures years ago, but for 17th century Salem, witchcraft became a living nightmare (Fremon, 1999 The reason for the bizarre events that occurred during the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693 in Massachusetts has been the focus of speculation and curiosity for many years....   [tags: puritans, women, gods, demonds]
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The Salem Witch Trials of 1962 - The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were notorious occasions in American History. They have been the subject of verifiable articles, religious talks, books, plays, and movies. Both in the realm of the scholarly world and pop-society of American social order, the Salem Witch Trials have interested gatherings of people from directly after they happened throughout the twentieth century. In a few ways, the exact truth that investment in this occasion has spread over crosswise over both time and disciplines makes the trials deserving of study....   [tags: notorious occasions in American history] 645 words
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Power in Salem and The Crucible - “He who has great power should use it lightly.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Power in Salem grew in 1962 at the start of the Salem Witch trials. Two people started to abuse there power. One, Ms. Abigail Williams. Two, Ms. Mary Warren. Three, Deputy Governor Danforth. Why do they abuses there power in the court. The power that Abigail Williams has on the town, maybe fatal. Abigail plays a very important role in the crucible. In fact it is likely with out her it would not exist....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 611 words
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Salem's Lot by Stephen King - In Stephen King Salem's lot, he brings a brilliantly written storm of force, King brings to life the creatures that have prowled the town of Jerusalem's lot for centuries throughout the local rumors. The book, Salem's Lot takes you through its twisted plot, with vivid characters, and the crazy turns it takes. Steven King has the power to make something so unrealistic very real, he is seen as a gothic literary writer because he expresses the key characteristics of gothic literature throughout most of his stories....   [tags: gothic literature, literary analysis] 592 words
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Greed in Salem: The Crucible - Greed in Salem The destructive force that the play showcases the most is greed because the town of Salem is destroyed, and many people are hanged. Greed is a major part of the story and is shown throughout the play by many different characters. The people of Salem are affected and the town is eventually destroyed because of the selfish acts resulting from greed. The minister, Reverend Parris, is an excellent example of greed. Reverend Parris says, “Man don’t a minister deserve a house to live in” (Miller 1250)....   [tags: Arthur Miller plays, theme analysis] 547 words
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A Summary of the Salem Witch Trials - Introduction There are some events in history that put the human race to shame; however, these occasions can change our future forever. Society cannot deny that social injustices occur almost every day, maybe even more than once. One large blemish in our history, the Salem Witch Trials, alienated a certain group in our society. These trials were an unfortunate combination of economic conditions, a flock’s strife, teenage boredom, and personal jealousies. How it developed In 1692, the occurrence of “witchcraft” began after the Massachusetts Bay Charter revolution and the outbreak of small pox....   [tags: history of injustices committed in the US]
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Salem Witch Trials of 1692 - The Salem witch trials of the 17th century, was an event that took place in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts which spread mass hysteria that centralized around the idea of witchcraft and reflected religious persecution. This tale of events provoked the fears of Puritans whom at the time hated and believed witchcraft to be evil, the practice of committing ill acts on the innocent, the aid of demonic spirits and conveying with Satan. Therefore, the idea of Devil worshipping and witchcraft became a central scapegoat as a reason to exterminate those who were outcasts and did not practice in the Puritan faith accordingly to the rest of the town....   [tags: U.S. History]
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The Witch Trials of Salem - The Witch Trials of Salem Though only a seven-month “trend,” the Salem Witch Trials (SWTs) led to the executions and imprisonments of several innocent people. The SWTs were the examinations, trials, and executions of alleged “witches” beginning in late February 1692 and ending in late October 1692. The SWTs began in Salem Village, Massachusetts (currently Danvers, Massachusetts). The SWTs began with the “circle girls”: Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Jr., Elizabeth Hubbard, Mercy Lewis, and Mary Walcott....   [tags: American History]
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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 - Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Events that began in late 1691 may have been escalated due to religious discord, economic failure or fear of attack by local Indians that allied with French and Canadian communities. Is there a scientific reasoning behind this or was the puritan lifestyle and fear of the French and Indian wars raging less than 70 miles away elevating the communities fear of the devil infiltrating their small community. I will show how politics, social acceptance and the constant fear of attacks may have escalated the pursuit and conviction of these “so called” witches. Looking at this puritan society, we may learn how small fractures in the community may be construed as an atta...   [tags: The Puritans]
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Overview of the Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, there was over one hundred witches executed during these trials. These witches were said to have “Bewitched young girls causing them to shriek in pain, their limbs twisted into strange contortions.” (Cohen, et al. 2012, 97). Why couldn’t there be witches. I believe that these woman and men were in fact true witches and shouldn’t have been punished for their beliefs. One of the main reasons for coming to the New World was tolerance of different religions was it not....   [tags: massachusetts, hutchinson, winthrop]
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The Salem Witch Trials - During February 1692 through May 1693 the town of Salem went from being a normal Puritan town to a hunting ground. The people of Salem where not hunting simple things like deer or foxes, these people where on the hunt for something that was being controlled by Satan himself. Witches had the town of Salem shaking in their boots and extremely suspicious of everyone around them. Innocent lives were taken and the town of Salem would go down in history as one of the most famous trials in America. In this research paper we will explore how the Puritan society handles the thought of witchcraft in Salem....   [tags: Puritans, condemnation due to religious beliefs]
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Salem Witch Trials and BDSM - Like practitioners of BDSM, which is an acronym for the sexual practices of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism, the people accused of witchcraft in the Salem witchcraft trials were viewed as sinners and were looked at with reproach. I decided to write about kinksters, which are people who engage in unusual sexual behavior, because of the unwarranted criticism they face. It is comparable to being homosexual in that people with kinks may feel the need to hide this part of themselves from their family and friends because they fear being judged....   [tags: witchcraft, sexual practices, bondage, discipline]
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The Salem Witch Trials - Imagine a man being accused of a crime he did not commit, yet his punishment whether he did or did not do it is death. Again, imagine a world where accusations from thirteen year old girls are taken under serious consideration in court. Absurd, ridiculous, and out of the question are some of the words most people would use to describe such situations. Between being pressed against large stones for a confession, or being thrown into the river to test for witchcraft, the people of Salem were in a mass hysteria....   [tags: crime, confession, accusations] 1741 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - Before 1692, the supernatural was a part of people’s everyday normal life. This is so as people strongly believed that Satan was present and active on earth. Men and women in Salem Village believed that all the misfortunes that befell them were the work of the devil. For example, when things like infant death, crop failures or friction among the congregation occurred, people were quick to blame the supernatural. This concept first emerged in Europe around the fifteenth century and then spread to Colonial America....   [tags: U.S. History]
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The Salem Witch Trials - Superstition--The belief in supernatural causality, has been a driving factor behind pivotal historical events throughout the early years of the documented human existence. Unexplainable disasters and phenomena were once commonly attributed to displeased gods by many an ancient civilization. Humans have always had a burning desire to understand why things happen. Remarkable and seemingly unexplainable events occurring in civilizations where the sciences are lacking, leaves the masses to credit that so badly desired explanation to magic and unearthly powers, allowing superstitious un-backed accusations and assumptions to run rampant....   [tags: church, ignorance, superstition]
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch trials were a series of arrests and, in extreme cases, executions of many people in the late 17th Century. It was caused by symptoms with unknown causes and extreme suspicion that led to numerous accusations and relentless panic in the small colonial town of Salem. Entire families were imprisoned, nineteen people were hanged, and many others died in prison. The Salem Witch Trails were a period of chaos that was the effect of judgments based on social differences and prejudices. Salem was mostly made up of Puritans, and many of the town’s laws were based on religion (O’Keefe, 18)....   [tags: chaos, social, differences, prejudice] 1074 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - During the early winter of 1692 two young girls became inexplicably ill and started having fits of convulsion, screaming, and hallucinations. Unable to find any medical reason for their condition the village doctor declared that there must be supernatural forces of witchcraft at work. This began an outbreak of hysteria that would result in the arrest of over one hundred-fifty people and execution of twenty women and men. The madness continued for over four months. The notorious witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts occurred from June through September....   [tags: Witches, American history, puritanism] 2023 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - In 1692 everyone was sure that the Devil had come to Salem when young girls started screaming, barking like dogs and doing strange dances in the woods. The Salem Witch Trials originated in the home of Salem's reverend Samuel Parris, who had a slave from the Caribbean named Tibuta. Tibuta would tell stories about witchcraft back from her home. In early 1692 several of Salem's teenage girls began gathering in the kitchen with Tibuta. When winter turned to spring many Salem residents were stunned at the acts and behaviors of Tibuta's young followers....   [tags: teenage girls, witch hunt] 1555 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem witchcraft trials began in the year of 1692. The trials caused hysteria in Salem Village. There were twenty people accused of witchcraft and executed. Over one hundred people were thought to be guilty and were placed in jail. However, “The Salem witch-hunt was remarkable not for the numbers hanged and imprisoned but for happening when it did” (Hill 1). The trials began over forty years after the initial European witch-frenzy (Hill 1). Superstition was being challenged by scientists at the time....   [tags: literary analysis, culture, ergotism]
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The Salem Witch Trials - ... The residents of the village of Salem have what they believe is definitive and irrefutable proof that someone is bewitching these children and perhaps even the town itself. For them the question is not if it is happening but who is doing it. This was on the tail end of the Witchcraft craze that was sweeping through Europe where thousands of women accused of witchcraft were put to death because they were believed to be agents of the Devil causing harm to others through supernatural means. The craze started in the 1300’s and ended in the late 1600’s.(Blumberg, 2007) Even though overseas this was winding down, local events caused it to flourish....   [tags: history of the New England colonies]
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials was a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry Into the Salem Witch Trials is a historical narrative of the trials written by Marion L. Starkey. The trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century. The author discusses the origin, duration and the aftermath of the incident. It discusses the Puritan negligence towards the emotional needs of the female children involved in the trials and their striving for attention, as well as the harsh reality of sin and evil imposed on Puritan beliefs....   [tags: US history, mass hysteria, hearings & prosecution]
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Salem Village at Sunset - Setting influences character and theme with places, time of day and the atmosphere. In Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown, the setting of the Salem Village at sunset, the forest and what happened in the forest influenced the character and theme of the story with temptation, testing humanity, and Browns changed views on humanity, people in the village and faith, his faith and his wife after what happened in the forest. In the first sentence in the story, gives the first setting, Salem Village at sunset....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Salem Witch Trials - During the years of 1692 and 1693 the fear of witchcraft swept through Salem, Massachusetts like a plague. Witchcraft strongly defied Puritan beliefs, and the Puritans executed any accused witches. Throughout the hysteria in Salem, 185 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Rumors of witchcraft put many people’s lives in danger. Witchcraft was defined as entering into a compact with the devil in exchange for certain powers to do evil. It was considered a sin against God’s superiority; a strict rule against Puritan beliefs (Conforti)....   [tags: massachusetts, puritan beliefs]
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The Salem Witch Trials - Nothing in history happens as an isolated event. All of time is a continuous cycle of cause and effect, each decision and event leading to another. Eventually all the pieces fall into place to form the landscape of time. It is the job of historians to study this process and determine exactly what each piece of the puzzle is. From the building of the pyramids to America’s war on terrorism, people can eventually trace everything back through time. Of course, attempts to discover the exact causes often lead to controversy....   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, Controversy]
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Witchcraft Hysteria in Salem - Between the mid-16th century and the early 17th centuries, immigrants branched from the Church of England, and absconded to America to construct a religion that “…steer[ed] the church toward a more Protestant, Calvinistic theology, and purge[d] the church of all remnants of Catholicism.” (Salisbury) These settlers were quick to become known as Puritans as they wanted to “…purify the Church of England.” (Salisbury) To the Puritans, souls were tainted in the eyes of God until they proved themselves pure....   [tags: british history, church]
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The Salem Witch Trials - In a period of a four short months, at least twenty members of the Salem, Massachusetts community died or were killed for exhibiting behavior that was considered an abomination to God. In the years following the aftermath of the Salem Witch trials, many people wondered how innocent people could die without anyone taking a stand. What would cause people to respond so irrationally. If it had not been for a small group of girls acting foolishly many families would have been spared from the tragic realities of unjustified and unfair deaths....   [tags: behavior, abomination, witch hunting]
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The Salem Witch Trials - ... Sudden and violent death occupied minds. Before the trials began there were a few cases of possession among young girls in the town of Salem. Girls were affected by seizures and hallucinations that they blamed women in the town for and accused them of being witches. They were convinced they were possessed. As we know today the seizures and hallucinations were caused by ergot, a fungus found on rye grains. Ergot, what the hallucinogenic drug LSD is derived from, grows on rye grains in warm damp conditions such as existed at the time of the previous rye harvest in Salem....   [tags: church, england, god] 2169 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - Church had an enormous influence on the Puritan religion. The colonist from New England had mainly come over for religious reasons because they did not agree with the Protestant Church of England. The colonist came to America in search of a new home and place to live where they could have a community based on their common religious beliefs. In their community, they had a closed society built around their church and activities. The Puritan life basically revolves around the church which influenced how they lived their everyday lives....   [tags: Religion, Church, Women]
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials were a prime part of American history during the early 17th century. During this time, religion was the prime focus and way of life within colonies. This was especially true for the Puritan way of life. Puritans first came to America in hopes of practicing Christianity their own way, to the purest form. The Puritans were fundamentalists who believed every word transcribed in the Bible by God was to be followed exactly for what it was. The idea of the devil controlling a woman and forming her into a Witch was originated from people’s lack of awareness on illness, disease or simple hysteria....   [tags: puritans, religion, the crucible]
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The Salem Witch Trials - During the seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts is a seaport town populated mostly by Puritan colonists who came over from England in the seventeenth century. Beliefs of witchcraft came over with the settlers who, if caught practicing, was punishable by death. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of court cases in 1692 revolving around witchcraft where over hundred people were accused, nineteen were hanged, and one was pressed to death. England had accused people of witchcraft dating back as far as the twelfth century, and it was not until the fourteenth century that they began to arrest and try citizens....   [tags: Massachusetts, Puritans, US history]
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The Salem Witch Trials - Witches and what are so called witches are viewed differently in modern society in comparison with early history, for the reason being that many have no believe towards it. In past history witches “since long before the sixteenth century, people had believed that some persons had superpower, the ability to perform good or harmful magic (or both). A good witch, or cunning women, as magic workers were often called, might, for example, heal persons or animals by incantations or potions; she might just as readily kill with a cure or evil eye....   [tags: history, religion, sociology]
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Authoritative Struggles in Salem - “Nothing strengthens authority as much as silence” (Leonardo Da-Vince). In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, there were several problems that led to the downfall and corruption in the town of Salem. The biggest problem was with Reverend Paris and how much he struggled with his authority in the town as a man of god. The reader must understand that although Reverend Paris is supposed to be a man of god he abuses his power to control the church, protect his reputation, and focus too much on material possessions....   [tags: Arthur Miller's The Crucible] 579 words
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The Effect of the Salem Witch Trials on Puritanism - The Salem witch trials had a drastic affect on the Puritan religion. The trials helped shape and point the direction for the New England Colonies and the Puritan religion. The Salem witch trials outbreak began in 1692. In the past, there had only been about five convictions of people being accused of witchcraft; none of this resulted in any deaths(Wilborn 16). Usually just a fine was given, but by the end of 1692 there was already 150 arrests (17). Whether you were rich or poor, it didn’t seem to matter, anyone and everyone was being accused....   [tags: redirected New England Colonies]
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The Test Of Salem - The Tests of Salem The Crucible is a play, which brings attention to many timeless issues. The nature of good and evil, power and its corruption, honor and integrity and irony are all brought up in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Irony what doe sit men. Irony means incongruity between what is expected to happen and what actually occurs. In The Crucible there are three different aspects of irony. Irony is present through many scenes of the play and it is very important to the outcome of the story....   [tags: essays research papers] 741 words
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The Tragedy of Salem - There was a crime committed down the street and a few kids say they saw you doing the crime. You have nothing to prove to them that you didn't. You were held responsible for it. What would your reaction be to that. You would sure say "No I had nothing to do with it" because you know you didn't. In this world some people live and die for pride were others try their whole life to understand it, and there are others who coward from it as well. John Procter's actions throughout the play are motivated by his strong sense of pride that he has on himself....   [tags: American Literature] 696 words
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Regarding Salem - There are many great historical fiction novels in print today. All Quiet On The Western Front, The Boleyn Inheritance, Baudolino, The Crucible. All of these novels take place in great historical times: World War I, the Elizabethan Era, the 12th century, the period of the Salem Witch Trials. Perhaps the most interesting time period and tale remains the aforementioned Witch Trials. The hysteria, the accusations, the cold and heartless trials, the death sentences-all of these elements work together to snatch even the casual reader’s fascination right out of the air....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 842 words
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The Witches Of Salem - When I started reading, my impression was that this whole witchcraft test would be rather childish, and aimed toward elementary students. As I took the test the first time, I was feeling as if parts of it were somewhat pointless. Then as the test progressed on it started to get better. However, when I chose not to confess to something I didn’t do, I felt as if the was a little bit of a problem with the reasoning of these people. They didn’t let me get a word in edgewise, and on top of that, the judges seemed to favor the girls and only their opinions....   [tags: essays research papers] 470 words
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Salem Witch Trials - Salem Witch Trials In 1692 events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts led to the best known witch trial in America. Today these witch trials are known as the Salem Witch Trials. More than two-hundred people were accused of practicing witchcraft. A witch to them was someone who could do harm through magical means, they could curdle milk, hobble animals, and even cause young children to sicken and die (Aronson, Witch Hunt 31). People believed the Salem Witch Trials happened because English rulers started a war with France....   [tags: american history, ] 1021 words
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Salem Witch Trials - During 1692, in a small village named Salem Village, in Massachusetts, tragedy broke loose. A rave of the belief of witches was flying through the small village, making death and tragedy almost a normal and daily thing. Not only was it big in Salem Village, but the word got around to many towns and villages surrounding them. Many were accused, many were accusing, and very few were lucky enough to not be bothered with this crazy belief. It all happened in one year. It started when two young girls seemed sick, but were making awkward sounds and outstanding body movements....   [tags: religious beliefs and mass hysteria] 530 words
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Salem Witch Hunts - Exploring, the historical references of the Salem Witch Hunts will reveal insights into the cultural makeup of this colonial society during the seventeenth century. Questions that present themselves are, were there a sense of mass hysteria or were there some other sociological phenomena that explained the social construct during that disturbing time frame. In the winter of 1691-1692 Salem Village was not a happy-go-lucky place to live; the cold, damp, and dreary town of 600 was divided and afraid....   [tags: culture, witches, trials, society, God, US]
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Exploring Explanations for the Salem Witch Trials - Between the years of 1692 and early 1693 in the colonial Massachusetts Bay colony of Essex known as Salem Village great paranoia broke out in the form of witchcraft accusations, neighbor against neighbor, and as a result much injustice was done. During this time in our nation’s history at this place more than one hundred and fifty people, residents of Salem Village, were accused of practicing witchcraft and consorting with the devil. At least twenty were put to death nineteen by hanging and one man by laying stones on him until his body was crushed under the weight....   [tags: American History, Massachusetts Bay, Puritan] 1322 words
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Let Us Grieve for the Women of Salem - Featured in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a powerful dynamic between the levels of a maintained social hierarchy. There are shifts in the social hierarchy in the town of Salem even though the social hierarchy has been maintained and has existed for a long length of time. The attempts on this maintained structure are met with powerful retaliations that draw in all the members of the town of Salem, resulting in the deaths of many woman and men in the town. The Crucible reflects on the historical context of this struggle and shows what would happen if the status quo were changed....   [tags: Arthur Miller's The Crucible citicism]
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The Spark that Ignited the Salem Witchcraft Trials - What really happened in Salem that ignited the spark of the Witchcraft Trials. Was it out of boredom. Did the girls come down with a case of Schizophrenia, encephalitis, or Huntington’s chorea. (Vogel 1). These are all possibilities, but there is still one theory that could reveal the truth behind the Salem Witch Trials. According to the research by psychologist Linda Caporael, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, the poisoning of ergot originally created the hysteria. (Vogel 1 and Clark 2)....   [tags: poisoning of ergot]
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The Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare - During the 1950s, the United States was afraid of the communist party. This caused the U.S. to quickly judge anybody who was assumed to be a communist. A similar story was the struggle John Proctor had. John Proctor lived within a super proper society, with many of the people in it being superstitious with the Witch Trials going on. The Salem Witch Trials were filled with the lies of people being witches that would eventually destroy their reputations. The United States was in a state of scare when they feared that communist agents would come and try to destroy our government system....   [tags: communist party, john proctor, mccarthism]
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Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials are best described by George Lincoln Burr: The episode is one of the nation's most notorious cases of mass hysteria, and has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations and lapses in due process. (197) In the early winter of 1692, the first speculations of witchcraft happened with the female children of Salem. Nine-year old Betty Paris, the daughter of Reverend Parris, and 11-year-old Abigail Williams, the niece of Reverend Parris, began to display terrifying and peculiar behavior....   [tags: mass hysteria cases] 1074 words
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Potential Causes Of The Salem Witch Trials - In the early winter of 1692, the first speculations of witchcraft occurred with the female children of Salem. Reverend Parris’ daughter nine-year old Betty Parris, and his niece Abigail Williams, began to display terrifying and peculiar behavior. Their outbursts, body contortions, and eerie actions were similar to the ones of the Goodwin children in 1688. Soon after, other Salem girls began to demonstrate the symptoms that flabbergasted the town. There are many literatures works and in-depth studies over the trials....   [tags: Witchcraft Hysteria, Judgment]
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Primary Sources for the Salem Witch Trials - ... The ‘black man’ has often been interpreted as the Devil. Not only was there a social division between classes but between men/women and children as well. Salem was spilt into two key places Salem Village and Salem Town. The residents of Salem Village were poor famers who made a meagre living cultivating crops on poor soil . Salem Town on the other hand was a busy and prosperous port town, where many of its inhabitants where wealthy merchants. It is also worthy to not in connection with this the fact that most of those accused lived in the wealthier area (Ipswich Road) near to Salem Town, where as the accusers lived in the poorer areas of Salem Village ....   [tags: mass hysteria]
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Salem vs McCarthyism - Imagine you are called in by an official of your government. He sits you down in a chair and informs you that you have been accused of something terrible, something that everyone in your city fears. You defend yourself and tell him that you had nothing to do with this crime. The official says he believes you, but in order to let you leave, you have to give him the name of someone you know who has committed this crime. You know of no one who would commit such a heinous crime, but the official refuses to let you go until you give him a name....   [tags: U.S. History ]
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Salem Witch Trials - The Salem witch trials occurred in Salem, Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. There were over 200 people who were accused of witchcraft, and about twenty were executed. Today, we do not necessarily take as severe of actions on those whom are different, but there are witch hunts occurring every day in our society. Both in the 1600s and today, humans fear the unknown, or unconformity. People take their personal values, and combine them with the values of their society, and “witch hunts” begin to form in the society....   [tags: Eating Disorders, Sexual Orientation]
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Salem Witch Trials - “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” M.L.K. Jr. (Walkman). Just imagine seeing hallucinations everywhere, believing that witches are everywhere doing horrible things. That seems terrifying but not as terrifying as what happens to the people who were accused. If they were accused it is practically a death sentence. The scary thing was that people believed the little girls of Salem who were accusing people....   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, England]
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