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Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller Throughout society and throughout literature, vulnerable communities under certain conditions can be easily taken advantage of by a person or group of people presumed innocent. In the play, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, there are three main factors that allowed the girls fallacious stories to be believed: Salem’s flawed court system, its lack of diversity in beliefs and religion, and the lack of a strong leader in the town. Although Abigail and the girls initiated the accusations, the responsibility lies with the entire community....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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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]

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The Crucible By Nicholas Hytner

- Nicholas Hytner 's adaptation of Arthur Miller 's The Crucible provides an interesting look into the life of the Puritans. The Crucible follows the small town of Salem as they are engulfed in the mass hysteria of witchcraft. A group of young girls is caught dancing in the woods, and thus fearing punishment claim that they were possessed by the devil. Soon the accusations run wild which resulted in the arrest of two-hundred peoples, and the execution of twenty. Today the film is regarded as an allegory for the McCarthy hearings, though it also provides an intimate look into the closed societies of colonial America....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The play I chose for my third play reading report is "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. Major Characters: John Proctor - Local farmer and the husband of Elizabeth Proctor Abigail Williams - Reverend Paris 's niece, the former servant of the Proctor 's, and the dancing girls group 's ring leader. Reverend John Hale - A reverend brought in who understands more about witches and witchcraft Reverend Paris - Salem 's reverend and Abigail 's uncle. Betty Paris - One of the girls in the forest and Reverend Paris 's daughter....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller is an allegory written about the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts during 1692 and 1693. The play includes a number of characters, both those who fully conform to the trials and their consequences, and those who do not conform and decide to fight it. Naturally, all stories have characters that are doubtful of which side to pick. They play along with it, not wanting to take a stand, but in their minds they are not entirely sure whether or not what they’re doing is correct....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible And The Second Red Scare

- Arthur Miller, in his article “Why I Wrote The Crucible”, elaborates on the political allegory he incorporated into his drama. Showing parallels between the Salem witch trials in The Crucible and the Second Red Scare, Miller dismisses the opposing argument that resists the idea of an allegory because of the false existence of witches contrasting the reality of communism. He proves that the foundation of fear in the two situations were analogous, for it was the dominating factor perpetuating both conflicts....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Analysis Of Miller 's ' The Crucible '

- In The Crucible, by Authur Miller, he was successful in fulfilling his purpose of the theme, truth versus faith. As known before, Miller wrote this play in relations to the Salem Witch Trials, and also, McCarthyism - two both very similar topics. Not to mention, both topics share a repeated theme of truth versus faith. Miller had a story to tell, along with the opinions of his own (indirectly, of course), and the only way he knew how to relate it to what was happening then, was to take something from the past....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible, Mccarthyism And The Red Scare

- In 1692, nineteen men and women of Salem, Massachusetts were suspected under the crime of witchcraft and were sentenced to hang. These hangings came from the result of villagers blaming each other trying in order to save their own lives. Similarly, in the 1950s, McCarthyism and the Red Scare took on a similar outcome as the Salem Witch Trials; many people were wrongly convicted as Communists. However as time progressed, people became less concerned about saving themselves but began to protect one another from harm....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In his article “Why I Wrote The Crucible”, Arthur Miller elaborates on the political allegory he incorporated into his drama, The Crucible. Miller parallels the foundation of fear behind the Salem witch trials and the Second Red Scare, proving that it was the dominating factor perpetuating both conflicts. Analyzing Miller’s argument and drawing evidence from The Crucible, it is proven that the witch trials within The Crucible as well as the congressional hearings during the Second Red Scare were founded on the fear of the populace....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- With treasures of valuable lessons to learn, Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ is a sturdily startling fictionalized account of the McCarthyism era that took place in the 1950s. The rigid religious and moral views by Salem’s religious leaders on the townspeople, overthrowing the community’s thoughts by ruling with absolute terror and violence subsidizes to a town’s mass hysteria when Abigail, a young girl coated with selfishness and wickedness, along with her group of friends indict innocent people who have slighted them of performing witchcraft....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Salem Witch Trials : Witchcraft

- The Salem Witch Trials. Some may wonder what witchcraft really is. Witchcraft is the practice of black magic, the use of spells, and the invocation of spirits. In 1692 there was an uproar in the small rural town of Salem, which was filled with Puritans who frowned upon such things. Many men and women were accused of witchery and inflicting harm upon others. This led to the infamous Salem witch trials, and the deaths and imprisonment of many innocent people. The Salem witch trials were caused by rebellious teens who wanted to protect themselves from punishment, and people who were simply envious of their neighbors and wanted the possessions that they had....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Many people look back on the events of the Salem witch trials and laugh at the absurdity of the allegations. It seems crazy that society could be fooled into believing in things like witches and deal with the events in such an extreme manner. It is a common belief that witch hunts are things of the past. Many people would agree that they no longer exist today; however Arthur Miller, author of the play, "The Crucible", points out that society has not come very far from the days of the Salem witch trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Every event in history can be attributed to a collective of emotions. In 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls claimed to have seen other villagers working for the devil and began accusing people of practicing witchcraft. This soon created a sense of mass hysteria throughout the town that resulted in the death of twenty people and the imprisonment of over two hundred. We now refer to these events as the Salem witch trials. In the 1950’s, Senator Joseph McCarthy conducted similar trials accusing people in prominent positions of being Communists....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Written in the 1950s, Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible delineates the situation of the McCarthy conflicts in America while the plays’ events revolve around the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. In the play, two major characters are Reverend Hale, an expert on witches sent to Salem for investigation, and John Proctor, a man known for his leadership and hard work. Proctor and Hale, in addition to both being Puritans, are alike in their actions and motives since they both see the depravity of the court and seek to protect people from it....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miler

- The Salem, Massachusetts Witch Trials exposed the early court systems, proving them to be unjust and corrupt. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miler is a historical rendition of the Salem witch trials in the Puritan colony of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. As the play progresses Miler depicts how the trials infringe the morals and values of the Puritans, which promoted loyalty to the lord, communal interaction, and an oppressive code of conduct that frowned upon any unusual or rebellious behavior....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play published in 1953 during the time of McCarthyism and anti-communist fear. In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy delivered a speech that shocked America; he accused the Truman administration of being involved with communists. McCarthy’s paranoia led to the questioning of citizens and even public trials that caused panic among Americans. McCarthyism is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a mid-20th century political attitude characterized chiefly by opposition to elements held to be subversive and by the use of tactics involving personal attacks on individuals by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations especially on the b...   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Sometimes, things are not what they seem. In the story The Crucible by Arthur Miller, a character named Abigail Williams does not fit the description of a typical, Puritan girl. Puritans are dedicated to their religion and the young girls are meant to be well-behaved and proper. Yet Abigail is found breaking some of the Ten Commandments. What drives her to do such evil things. She partakes in forbidden rituals, commits adultery, and lies under the oath of God, but Abigail is not at fault. Any young girl in Salem during the witch trials would have done the same, as a whole crowd of other girls did....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible is a story of when the town of Salem, Massachusetts became dominated by hysteria and foolishness during the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Influenced by the McCarthy Era, when many people (including Miller himself) were accused of being communists, Arthur Miller accurately depicts the widespread insanity of the accusations and the trials themselves in his play by using stylistic elements such as stage directions; imitative, period dialect; and allusions. Miller starts each of his acts with a narration in parenthesis and in italics....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In the novel The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, highlights a powerful drama based on the chaotic Salem Witch Trials. Salem is governed strictly where the bible is the law and anyone who doesn 't follow the law must be acquainted with the Devil. Witchcraft started by a group of girls getting caught "dancing in the woods" (Trevino). In Salem, dancing was prohibited and the girls knew they were in trouble so without thinking twice they started accusing others of being seen with the Devil. The main character in Salem is John Proctor that portrays the classic tragic hero who falls to his death....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Death Of Murder Of Witchcraft

- Between February of 1692 and May of 1963 in Salem, Massachusetts, approximately 200 citizens were accused, arrested, and imprisoned for being suspected of acts of witchcraft. Of the 200, fourteen women and five men were hung at Salem’s Gallows Hill, one man, Giles Corey, was stoned to death because of the legal tactic known as peine forte et dure, meaning “until he either answered or died” and more than seventeen citizens died in prison (Brooks & Louis-Jacques). It all began in the year 1691 when a few girls in town began experimenting with magic by surrounding themselves around a crystal ball in order to find answers which occurred in the Parris household....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In Salem, around the early 1600’s, witch hunts broke out to try and determine the underlying reason for the twitching and ticking of the citizens. Though, perhaps witchcraft was not the reason for the abnormal ways in which these people acted, but there was a more radical explanation. In the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, many young girls of Salem, including Betty Paris, Ruth Putnam, Abigail Williams, and Mary Warren were accused of going into the woods with Reverend Parris’ slave, Tituba, where she apparently had them conjuring Ruth’s dead sisters....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By John Proctor

- “I have given you my soul; leave me my name” (Miller 133) screams the belligerent John Proctor, confronted with the very real possibility of his execution. Being accused of witchcraft, a crime he did not commit, John Proctor is threatened by the religiously controlled courts in the 1692 Salem Witch Trials in an allegorical story for Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Red Scare. However, in the face of persecution by religion, John Proctor demonstrates immense resolve against the aggressive power figures of the Puritan Church....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By William Shakespeare

- The setting of "The Crucible is in the year 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, where the Salem Witch Trials occurred. Many innocent people were hung due to the actions of one person, Abigail Williams. Abigail had an affair with a married man, John Proctor, and, having fallen in love with him, wanted to get rid of his wife, Elizabeth. Obsessed with John, she was intent on becoming John 's new wife. As part of an attempt to make John fall in love with her, she participated in pagan traditions, with her uncle 's slave, Tituba....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, was not highly accepted at the time of it’s release, in 1952. The book itself is an allegory and was not intended to teach and inform about the Salem witch trials. It is, in fact, about Mccarthy and the people during this time, but to keep it hidden, he used the comparison of the two events. Hysteria, power and greed are what drove the people of Salem to false accusations of the innocent puritan people. People like Abigail, Putnam and Danforth blew the accusations out of the water with the power that was given to them by the provence....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Andrew Niccol

- The Crucible, by Arthur Miller as well as Gattaca by Andrew Niccol use the protagonist of their texts to show disapproval of the societies that they have created. While both authors vary the presentation of their societies, they both explore the damaging qualities of the societies through their central protagonist. Gattaca, set in the not too distant future explores the effects of compulsory genetic modification on society while, contrastingly, conformity and the rules of the church are explored throughout The Crucible....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Fear of Witchcraft as Metaphor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Fear of Witchcraft as Metaphor in The Crucible     The Crucible uses fear of witchcraft in the America of the 1600s as a metaphor for the fear of communism that was widespread in America in the 1950s. Arthur Miller wished to show that the attitudes and behaviour of the villagers of Salem were as irrational and ill-founded as the attitude and behaviour of the committee chaired by Senator McCarthy. Essentially Miller uses the 17th century setting to provide critical distance between the events described and the emotions that they aroused....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The Crucible '

- For this assignment I chose three movies about witches because it was the topic I found most interesting from this class. The first movie was Black Sunday (Mask of Satan), directed by Mario Bava, the second was Warlock, directed by Steve Miner, and last was The Crucible, directed by Nicholas Hytner, based on the play by Arthur Miller. Witchcraft was once and still can be a very controversial topic, as it challenges other’s religions and beliefs and is against Christianity. Each movie was based on the witch and took place in the 17th century....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, a group of teen girls caught in an innocent act of love potions to catch the love of men are compelled to tell lies that Satan had invaded them and forced them to participate in the rituals and are then forced to name those involved. Thrown into the mix are greedy preachers and other major landowners trying to steal others ' land and one young woman infatuated with a married man and determined to get rid of his innocent wife. Those who demanded their innocence were executed, those who would not name names were incarcerated and tortured, and those who admitted their guilt were immediately freed....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By William Shakespeare

- Witchcraft, the practice of, and belief in, magical skills and abilities that are able to be exercised individually, by designated social groups, or by persons with the necessary esoteric secret knowledge. Throughout the play the Crucible, many are accused and hanged for taking part in witchcraft. However, all were not guilty of committing this offence, but were still punished and viciously killed. How is to blame for all of this and who were the victims. Tituba is not one of the main characters, but in spite of this her character has an interesting part in the play; she could be considered a victim or a perpetrator....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By John Proctor

- Choose three of the characters in the crucible and show how Miller presents the motivations for their actions. Think about: Reputation- is this a motivating factor for any of the characters Power – Which characters are motivated by power Witchcraft – how are the accusations used. Who benefits. How. The individual and the society – how might the particular community situation in Salem be a motivating factor for some characters. 800 – 1250 words In the crucible characters are motivated by various themes such as, reputation, power, witchcraft and society....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Internet, one of the greatest inventions in mankind’s history, has facilitated a massive rise in globalisation. So much so, one person can release information about a person and millions can read it on the other side of the world in seconds. It is more likely to be misinformation. It can be much like McCarthyism, spreading the good news of democracy by eliminating the apparent threat of communism. The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller in response to highly personal accusations, crystallises the cyclical nature of witch-hunts and the dangers inherent in allowing them to recur....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, is about mass hysteria of witches being in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. An educated man named Revered Hale arrived in the town with his exclusive knowledge of witches to help the town eliminate the presence of the Devil. He became a member of the court and aided in putting innocent people in jail or hung. As Hale started to see the consequences of his actions, he struggled with fixing his mistakes. The change in his perspective of the witch trials caused his overall personality and attitude to change as well....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Wily Witchcraft

- The Crucible, penned by Arthur Miller, a four-act dramatic play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in a small Puritan village of Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials grew out of the particular moral system of the Puritans, which promoted a repressive code of conduct that frowned on any diversion from norms of behavior. The play opens with the reader finding out about a young girl who is inert in her bed. The villagers automatically suspect witchcraft. However, they do not know that all the girls in the village sneaked out to the woods the night before where they made a potion to let them have the man they love....   [tags: Crucible, Arthur Miller, Salem, witchcraft, trial]

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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- In the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows how a repressed Puritan town in 1692 can be turned upside down when the threat of witchcraft is taken seriously. The Puritans believe the forest is where the Devil lurks, and they are fearful of the Devil. So when Parris, the town of Salem’s Reverend, catches a group of girls dancing and magic spirits in the forest, the town suspects that some sort of witchcraft is being practiced. The girls deny this accusation initially and Abigail, Reverend Parris’s niece, blames Tituba, a slave from Barbados....   [tags: crucible, arthur miller, puritans, witchcraft]

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The Crucible By John Hale

- “Mr. Hale is nearing forty, a tight-skinned, eager-eyed intellectual.” (32, Arthur Miller). He is a minister from Beverly who has been summoned to Salem by Reverend Parris to investigate his daughter Betty’s condition and whether or not there is witchcraft in Salem. If he finds there to be witchcraft, he would then eliminate it. Hale devotes himself to his faith and his work. His good intentions, and sincere desire to help the afflicted, motivate him. He wants nothing more than to get to the bottom of this situation and come out the hero....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible In the 17th century a group of Puritans from England immigrated to America to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. The white settlers arrived in New England in 1620, and Salem, Massachusetts had been in existence for about forty years by 1692. Salem developed as a theocracy. This was based on the coexistence of religious prayer and hard work. Entertainment, such as dancing, or any enjoyment at all was perceived as a sin. The isolation of the Puritan society created a rigid social system that did not allow for any variation in lifestyle....   [tags: The Crucible Witchcraft Arthur Miller Essays]

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Creating Tension and Drama in the Courtroom in The Crucible

- Creating Tension and Drama in the Courtroom in The Crucible The crucible is about a mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. A group of young girls are caught dancing in the woods and are suspected to of been calling out to the devil. Strange things begin to happen around the local village which are then suspected to be the work of the devil. Everyone in the village is to appear in court and faced with a death sentence. This fantastic and extremely tense play is written by Arthur Miller....   [tags: The Crucible Tension Witchcraft Essays]

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692

- The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, which resulted in 19 executions, and 150 accusations of witchcraft, are one of the historical events almost everyone has heard of. They began when three young girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began to have hysterical fits, after being discovered engaging in forbidden fortune-telling (not dancing naked in the woods) to learn what sorts of men they would marry. Betty's father, the Reverend Samuel Parris, called in more senior authorities to determine if the girls' affliction was caused by witchcraft....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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Power Of The Mind : The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- The Power of the Mind Throughout time we have seen people have the innate ability to manipulate the minds of others; many are able to do this due to having gift naturally from birth. In the Salem Witch Trials many saw the weaknesses in their society as an opportunity to give succor to their own ambitions. These people saw the consequences of the trials and exploited the feeble state of mind of their town 's inhabitants. Whether it be for personal or monetary gain, it is impossible to deny the existence of the power of ones mind on another as a huge cause for the trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Role Of Role Reversals Within The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- One of the most prominent themes in Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama, The Crucible, is the use of role reversals within race and gender boundaries, social status, and superficial power. In the not-so-sleepy town of Salem, Massachusetts, the rumor of witches among the community runs rampant as various characters work to accuse their fellow citizens of witchery or defend their neighbors from the gallows. Driven by jealously and pure hatred, those who have minor roles within the community lust after a more notable place in society by accusing the more distinguished members to rid them of their land, wealth, or reputation – and even their life....   [tags: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Witchcraft]

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Salem Witchcraft Trials vs. the Crucible

- Salem Witch Craft In 1962 the penalty of witchcraft was to be hung or smashed. There was a big outburst of witchcraft and spells that were going around among the people of Massachusetts in 1962. Some of the women of Salem began the witchcraft many people started to catch on and fallow them. A lot of these people were hung do to what the bible said about the wrongs of witchcraft. When these women of Salem Massachusetts started to do witchcraft and pass it on to other people they were put on trial for their actions, which at the time was, illegal....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The Salem Witch Trials And The Mccarthy Trials

- Wiccaphobia During the 1690’s in Salem, Massachusetts, one of the most disgraceful events in American history took place. 20 innocent people were sentenced to death on charges of witchcraft (Kortuem). At the time there was a witch scare sweeping across the North East of America in a time we know today as the Salem Witch Trials. The witch trials was one of the most shameful events in American history. In fact, it was compared to another event by a man named Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller was a playwright from New York who wrote many famous plays like Death of a Salesman, All my Sons, and of course The Crucible (Kortuem)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Theme of Justice in The Crucible

- The Theme of Justice in The Crucible The crucible was set in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. The play is based on true facts about events that actually took place. It is about a small secluded town that relies strongly on their religion to keep them feeling safe. Their enemy is the devil and they are always scared of the devil and constantly looking for signs that the devil is there. “We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house.” The fear of the devil gets so strong the town’s justice system take strong actions to keep everyone safe....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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Dramatic Tension in The Crucible

- Dramatic Tension in The Crucible The play, ‘The Crucible’, illustrates how people react to mass hysteria created by a person or group of people, as people did during the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s and the Salem witch hunts of 1962. Many Americans were wrongly accused of being Communist sympathizers. The activities of the House of Un-American Activities Committee began to be linked with the witchcraft trials that had taken place in the town of Salem. This provided Miller with the catalyst to write ‘The Crucible’....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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Modernizing The Crucible

- Modernizing The Crucible Imagine you are a director who has been asked to direct a modern version of The Crucible. Decide on how you would make the play modern and the kind of setting that you feel is the most appropriate for conveying the themes of the play. In your discussion, you should deal with what you feel are the main themes of the play that you want to focus on and how the setting will enhance and even add depth to what you have to say. Firstly, I feel that in order to make the play as modern as possible, the play has to have a feel which all of its viewers can instantly identify with, as well as being realistic when compared with current world events....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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Mccarthyism, And The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

- In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy gave a speech at the Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling in West Virginia, in which he claimed to have a list of 205 Communists in the State Department. A man by the name of Arthur Miller saw some similarities between this event, known as McCarthyism, and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Arthur Miller was able to subtly protest the rise of McCarthyism through his literary works, especially in his play The Crucible, because he understood the universal experience of not being able to believe that the people have gone insane....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Mrs. Goody Proctor Is The Ideal Christian

- Being an individual and trying to separate yourself by being different is not usual in the puritan community. They do everything as a whole and that is what they believe in. In this article it says, “Such an adamantly ridged society of course implies that any form of individuality will be considered subversive and dangerous” (Bonnet 32). The main cause of this entire process is a mixture of individual and social forces. The character Abigail is out of lust for Proctor and out of jealousy for Elizabeth Proctor which was mentioned earlier....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Lynching Of The United States

- Deep Patel Mrs. Barr English 11 March 21, 2016 Lynching in the United States In 1860-1960 there was lynching in the United States. When the confederates (south) lost the civil war the slaves got freedom and got rights of human beings. This was just to say because segregation wasn 't over in the South and didn 't go away for over 100 years. Any black person in the South accused but not convicted of any crime of looking at a white woman, whistling at a white woman, touching a white woman, talking back to a white person, refusing to step into the gutter when a white person passed on the sidewalk, or in some way upsetting the local people was liable to be dragged from their house or jail cel...   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Witch Theory Of Salem Village During The Year 1692

- Late summer and early fall in Salem Village during the year 1692 was extremely hectic and controversial. Throughout four months, nineteen men and women were taken to Gallows hill where they were faced with execution either by hanging or an extreme method of torture, which resulted in death. To this day Gallows Hill exact location is unknown, it is known to be a hill located somewhere in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem during this time was faced with an Indian war less than one hundred miles away which put most of every residence on edge and kept the thought of death and the devil in their minds....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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The Role of Reverend Hale as a Catalyst in The Crucible

- The Salem witch trials of 1692 was an event that shaped the history of this country, as well as the lives of those whose wives and husbands were condemned to death. In order for such an event to occur, there must be a set of people who catalyze the event, and others who speak out against it. In “The Crucible”, certain characters help contribute to the rising hysteria of witchcraft, and others contribute to the disapproval of so many wrongful convictions. Reverend Hale is a character who actually contributes to both sides....   [tags: The Crucible]

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