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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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The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Moral of Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is a play about the connections between sinning and paranoia, hysteria, and religious intolerance. The people of Arthur Miller's Salem in 1692 would consider the very idea of a private life unorthodox. The government of Salem, and of Massachusetts as a whole, is a theocracy, with the legal system based on the Bible. Moral laws and state laws are the same and someone's personal life must obey these moral laws, or that person represents a threat to the public good....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Salem was a very religious society, which had been established in 1652. Salem was compared to Jerusalem, which is considered to be a holy society. Therefore this indicates that religion was a major issue in Salem. Religion played a vital role in the life of Salem people. If people were seen as non-religious, they were persecuted. Salem had a lot of restrictions because of the strictness in their religion. For many hundred of years through out Europe, there was a belief in witchcraft....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Symbolism in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Symbolism in The Crucible by Arthur Miller Many literary works have been produced that symbolize other periods of time or certain events that have occurred throughout history. One example is the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. There is little symbolism within The Crucible, however, the play can be seen as symbolic of the paranoia about Communism that pervaded American in the 1950’s. Several similarities exist between Miller’s depiction of the seventeenth-century witch trials and the time of the Red Scare....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Interesting Facts of the Crucible

- Interesting Facts of the Crucible The Interesting Facts of The Crucible Was The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, just an “irrational fear?” (Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: Fact & Fiction Par.1). The panic of Communism during the Cold War and Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist hearings on February 3, 1953 led to this “irrational fear.” There are several major differences from the true version of the story and Miller’s version. These differences could have made the whole event much more interesting and eerie....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller On the 17 October 2000, I went to see The crucible by Authur Miller. It was performed at The Mercury theatre in Colchester. When I first heard the title, I was expecting a spooky play. I had already heard a small amount about the play and knew that it involved witchcraft. The Crucible is set in 1692, Salem, Massachusetts. We do not see the event that actually sparks the play, but we learn about it later. Five girls, led by Abigail, were in the woods with a slave woman, Tituba....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Essay on The Crucible: Motivations for the Trials

- Motivations for the Trials in The Crucible       In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the madness of the Salem witch trials is explored in great detail. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which is the girls' suppressed childhoods. However, there were other factors as well, such as Abigail Williams' affair with John Proctor, the secret grudges that neighbors held against each other, and the physical and economic differences between the citizens of Salem Village....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Change in Character of Reverend Hale in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- A crucible is a severe test as of patients or belief, a trial. The play The Crucible is a journey through the trials of many townspeople caused by the superstitious belief of witchcraft. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller progresses and evolves the outlooks and views of the townspeople of Salem and shows how events, people, and catastrophes cause the characters to change their views on whether the people prosecuted were guilty or innocent of witchcraft. Reverend John Hale changes his view, more and more drastically as the play advances, as a result of the events that he underwent and the experiences he had....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Dynamic Reverend Hale in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Reverend Hale is a dynamic character in Miller's The Crucible as he is challenged by John Proctor's courage. He starts out very convincing and seems to know exactly what he wants. John Proctor is a very strong and courageous character. He influences Reverend Hale so much that Hale completely changes his mind about Salem, the court, and witches. Reverend Hale enters Salem as a very strong character that knows what he wants to do. He is very sure of himself. "They must be, they are weighted with authority" (p....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Free Essays on The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, a historical play by Arthur Miller, is based on events of the Salem Witchcraft trials. The play takes place in a small Puritan village in Massachusetts in 1692. It begins with Abigail Williams leading a group of girls to the forest with Tituba, a slave woman from Barbados believed to have special powers. After being caught by Reverend Parris, his daughter Betty enters into a coma-like state. In order to protect themselves and the girls, Abigail initiates an accountability session and names all of the innocent people in town....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible 2014]

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The Crucible

- The Crucible Explore how Miller dramatises the conflicts within John Proctor and presents him as a good man, despite his failings. How does Miller make him dramatically effective for an audience. Refer to Act two and Act four. Miller's purpose through writing 'The Crucible' was to express his own views on what was happening in America at the time in 1953 - McCarthyism, a period of intense anticommunism. Miller uses the character of John Proctor to put across his views. He is interested in the character who does not allow himself to be caught up in hysteria, but thinks for himself and stands up for his values....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparing The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Drinking Companion, Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn

- Comparing The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Drinking Companion, Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn My drama class was split into four groups and each group was given a selected scene or part from The Crucible to rehearse and act for one piece of coursework. My group was given the end of act four and the ending of the play. I was to play Proctor and had to think hard about how to portray him in the section, as it was a crucial part in the play.* We were given Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn, a play to read and compare with the section acted of The Crucible....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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An Analytical Essay Explaining Why Arthur Miller Wrote The Crucible

- An Analytical Essay Explaining Why Arthur Miller Wrote The Crucible Authors often have underlying reasons for giving their stories certain themes or settings. Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, The Crucible, is a work of art inspired by actual events as a response to political and moral issues. Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, The Crucible proves to have its roots in events of the 1950’s and 1960’s, such as the activities of the House Un-American Committee and the “Red Scare.” Though the play provides an accurate account of the Salem witch trials, its real achievement lies in the many important issues of Miller’s time that it dealswith....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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How Arthur Miller Makes Act Three of The Crucible a Dramatic Scene

- How Arthur Miller Makes Act Three of The Crucible a Dramatic Scene In the play Arthur Miller shows us how the time in Salem affected people’s thoughts about witchcraft and how the behaviour of certain characters such as Abigail Williams changed the outlook of respectable characters in the play. Arthur Miller wrote the play because of the time in the 1950’s in which Joseph McCarthy, a man who led an anti-communist investigation to seek out any communist sympathizers in the USA....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Hale in The Crucible

- Imagine that you are an actor and have been asked to take on the role of Hale in The Crucible. Discuss how you would like to portray your character on the stage. Imagine that you are an actor and have been asked to take on the role of 'Hale' in 'The Crucible'. Discuss how you would like to portray your character on the stage. Choose two scenes to focus on, which you believe are important in showing you characters personality. I have been asked to play the part of 'Reverend John Hale' in a stage production of 'The Crucible'....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible: Characters

- The Crucible: Characters Chetan Patel The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller that was first produced in 1953, is based on the true story of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Miller wrote the play to parallel the situations in the mid-twentieth century of Alger Hiss, Owen Latimore, Julius and Ethel Rosenburg, and Senator McCarthy, if only suggestively. (Warshow 116) Some characters in the play have specific agendas carried out by their accusations, and the fact that the play is based on historical truth makes it even more intriguing....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible Film

- The Crucible Film The audience are first brought into the film by the white credits on the black background which signifies the harsh contrasts between good and evil in the film. The first shot of Abigail, sitting bolt upright in bed, creates an instant feeling of drama and tension. The expression on her face suggests an element of certain mischief. The succession of camera shots that follow are quick close-ups of the other girls and the audience senses that a key event is about to take place, from which the rest of the film will develop....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Integrity in The Crucible

- ?What is left when honor is lost?. Publilius Syrus' quote, though dating from 100 B.C., still seems pertinent to our era (Quotations). Many people still feel that once integrity is lost they are nothing and many are willing to stand up to keep their integrity. Without integrity, we are nothing. During the time that Arthur Miller wrote his most famous play, The Crucible, innocent men and women are accused of having Communist leanings. Their whole lives are ruined in a short amount of time because they refuse to compromise themselves by selling out their friends....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Themes of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible A group of teenage girls were secretly dancing in the woods with a black slave, named Tituba. When they were discovered of what they were doing, the girls started accusing certain individuals in the village of dealing with witchcraft. Within a blink of an eye, the entire village is controlled by a devil that exists within the fear of each person. A drama of suspense and impact, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, explores through the individuals' vengeance, fear, reputation, and quest for power....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Miller captured the paranoia and hatred of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials and made a controversial reference to his own society's Witch Hunts during McCarthyism in the 1950s. In only 146 pages, Miller told us the stories of the lives of John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams and others during the 1692 Witch Trials in Salem Massachusetts. The quiet Salem community was living happily in their own sleepy world, until several local girls fell ill and their sickness was blamed on witchcraft....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Film Review of The Crucible

- Film Review of The Crucible The Crucible: A Film Review Who'd have thought that simple dancing could cause so much chaos in a small town. This is precisely what happens in the film The Crucible (Nicholas Hytner, 1996), which was originally written as a play by Arthur Miller. This story is based on actual events, which helps in showing the accuracy of the events. The story takes place in Salem in 1692, during the Salem witch trials. The story starts when a group of young girls, particularly one named Abigail, are caught dancing around a fire in the woods by the town preacher, Samuel Parris....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Pride in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible - Pride In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, both pride and excessive pride influence the characters throughout the play. Pride is a sense of one's dignity and worth. Excessive pride is being overly confident of one's own self worth. Throughout, pride influences the actions, reactions, and emotions of the characters in such ways to establish the outcome of the story. Three characters are impelled by their pride. Hale, who takes pride in his ability to detect witchcraft; Elizabeth Proctor, whose pride makes forgiving her husband difficult; Proctor, whose excessive pride causes him to overlook reality and the truth....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Free Essays on The Crucible: Forgiveness

- The Crucible – Forgiveness The Healing Power Of Forgiveness - The Gift of Reconciliation "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." ---Mahatma Gandhi Forgiveness is a process of inner healing. For most of the people in The Crucible, they did not need to necessarily forgive others; but forgive themselves. The Crucible is a story of mass hysteria in a period of time in which men dominated women. However, Arthur Miller portrays Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Procter as two women with drastic roles to play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller has crafted 'The Crucible' to constantly engage the audience. With reference to significant moments in the play, discuss how tension is achieved and how the audience may react. The Crucible was wrote by Arthur Miller in 1953 in the height of the cold war. Miller wrote it because of what he felt about McCarthyism. McCarthyism: Senator Joe McCarthy organized a twentieth-century version of witch-hunting. In the early 1950's he exploited the US fears about Communism and managed to create a national campaign against Communists....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible and Why Reputation is Important

- Many people believe that teenagers are reckless, rude, and untruthful human beings. It seems that teenagers are always under the pressure to “look cool,” and not do anything embarrassing. Reputation means a great deal to many high schoolers, because it seems that you only get one chance to make a good impression. In the Crucible, Abigail and the other girls fear that their reputation will be destroyed if the would be known as witches. Teenagers today have so much pressure on themselves. They have to get good grades, to get into their choice of college....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Importance of The Crucible Today

- In Miller's, The Crucible, he describes a New England town in the midst of Salem witch-hunt hysteria during the late 1600's. His play not only recounts the historic events but also specifically sheds light on the rationalization for this hysteria. In Miller's running commentary he describes the intent of the Puritans particularly accurately. In one specific statement, he says 'they [the Puritans] believed, in short, that they held in their steady hands the candle that would light the world. We have inherited this belief and it has helped and hurt us.'; This statement proves itself to be particularly profound, for it manages to both accurately describe the actions of the Puritans, and relate...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible To what extent is John and Elizabeth’s relationship the main focus of the play. In this essay I am going to discus to what extent John and Elizabeth’s relationship is the focus of the Crucible. The play was set in 1962, in a small, American village called Salem. As Salem was governed by a Theocracy, the whole village was extremely religious. After reading the Crucible I think that John and Elizabeth’s relationship is the main focus of the play, we can see in each act how their feelings and emotions towards their relation ship changes and progresses throughout the play....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller In this essay I will be assessing Proctors dramatic confrontations. In the play The Crucible the author Arthur Miller has very strong hidden messages against 'McCarthyism', the singling out of individuals in American society and accusing them of an association with groups who are said to be against the American way of life. He expresses his thoughts indirectly instead of writing a play that directly condemns 'McCarthyism'. Miller's message is that the Salem witch trials were wrong, they were destroying innocent individuals with no real evidence....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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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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A Town in Salem, The Crucible was Written by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible is based around a small, religious town in Salem, Massachusetts. The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller around the theme of the Red Scare. Like the Red Scare, people were falsely accused of committing crimes against the people, however, unlike the Salem Witch Trials, the Red Scare was secular and focused around the Russian dictatorship. During The Crucible justice, integrity, and mass hysteria are all key themes. Justice in Salem was determined by accusations of being the devil's servant, the church held all the power, and an appeals system was non-existent....   [tags: justice, witchcraft, innocent]

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The Crucible and the McCarthy Era

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible, depicts the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 but is analogous to the McCarthy trials of the 1950s. In both situations, widespread hysteria occurs, stemming from existing fears of the people of that particular era. The Salem witchhunt trials parallel the McCarthy era in three major aspects: unfounded accusations, hostile interrogation of numerous innocent people and the ruination and death of various people's lives. The unfounded accusations that Joseph McCarthy and the girls in The Crucible make are what fuels the widespread hysteria in both situations....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible The Crucible, takes place in the small Puritan village called Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials grew out of the moral system of the Puritans. This split the town into two, those who were considered witches and those who wanted good. The play begins at Reverend Parris' home, whose daughter Betty is ill. Parris is living with his daughter and his seventeen-year old niece Abigail. Parris believes that is daughters illness is from supernatural causes, so he sends for Reverend Hale....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Dramatic Effect of the First Act in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Dramatic Effect of the First Act in Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible is set in Salem in 1692. It is about a group of girls who are accused of witchcraft by the people of Salem, and they are put on trial for it. The story is centred on a man named John Proctor who is a farmer in the town, and it is about his affairs, his everyday ones and his sexual ones. There are many themes in The Crucible, deceit, religion, fear, guilt and the evading of peoples privacy. Miller wrote the play to be a parallel of the famous McCarthy trials of the 1950's, in which he was involved....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Character Study of Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Character Study of Abigail From Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller was inspired to write The Crucible because of what happened in America in the 1950's. Suspicion of witchcraft and an association with the Devil had arisen in the 1600s in Salem, Massachsetts. The allegations and apprehension is comparable with the period of McCarthyism in the United States of America. Joseph McCarthy ( the senator of West Virginia) focused on Democrats in general with baseless and sweeping accusations of communist involvement, giving way for the Republicans to take over Congress and the P...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Conflicts in "The Crucible"

- In Salem, during the times of the Salem witch trials, the church and the people were very close. This is what led to the hysteria and chaos which was the Salem witch trials. It also led to many conflicts between the characters in this book, because anyone who was against the church was considered a criminal. Some of these conflicts were between; Abigail and the other children, Danforth and the town folk, and John Proctor with himself and his wife. Abigail consistently intimidated the village girls....   [tags: Conflict, Crucible, Aurthur Miller,]

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Justice in The Crucible

- Justice in The Crucible Two girls lye sleeping, one with her eyes open, the other with her eyes closed. Not such an unusual picture except for the fact that the two sleeping girls cannot awake. A mysterious servant from a faraway place, a group of young ladies seeking magic to joins their hearts with the men that haunt their dreams. A man of the cloth who stumbles onto a secret dance in the middle of the forest who will spend the next year of his life harboring secrets and trying desperately not to be exposed....   [tags: The Crucible by Arthur Miller]

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Examples of Crucibles in Aurthur Miller's "The Crucible"

- A Crucible is a container that can withstand great amount of heat, such as one required for refining gold. It can also mean a severe trial. In the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, severe trails occur throughout the play, not just in the courtroom but also in people’s homes and souls. I believe Arthur Miller named his play “The Crucible” because it shows the trials and hardships people face within themselves, the courtroom and Puritan society. An example of a Crucible is a trial or battle someone faces; it could be within themselves or with others....   [tags: Aurthur Miller, Crucible, titles,]

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Comparison Between The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Vinegar Tom by C. Churchill

- Comparison Between The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Vinegar Tom by C. Churchill We are currently performing a piece of drama called 'The Crucible' and have studied a play called 'Vinegar Tom'. 'The Crucible' was written by Arthur Miller in 1953 and was set in Salem, Massachusetts USA in 1692. 'Vinegar Tom' was written in the 1970's and was set in the 17th century. Although 'Vinegar Tom' was written about the 17th century, the ideas parallel those of the issues of the 1970's. The issue was feminism....   [tags: The Crucible Vinegar Tom Drama Essays]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller Every great playwright has his or her time in the spotlight, for Arthur Miller it is believed this time came when he created The Crucible. The play is based on the corruption of the Salem witch trials which condemned many to an unjust death. Numerous amounts of criticism and interpretations were published to help the reader visualize a clearer picture of the play and understand what was happening during that period of time. The setting of language and the force of evil along with a review on hysteria and ideology and finally and interpretation on the devil in Salem can all be discussed in The Crucible as well as in this paper....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller is a play that takes place in the late 17th century during the famous yet tragic witch trials. It is a story that contains the many struggles that came about as a result of the strict Puritan setting. Miller's depiction of the Salem witch trials deals with a community that starts out with a tightly knit and church loving façade. However, once finger pointing at the witches began, the community starts accusing each other. Hysteria and hidden agendas broke down the social structure and it became necessary for everyone to protect themselves from the people that they thought were their friends....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible was based in 1692 in and around the town of Salem, Massachusetts, USA. The Salem witch-hunt was view as one of the strangest and most horrendous chapters in the human history. People that were prosecuted were all innocent and their deaths were all due to false accusation of people’s ridiculous belief in superstition and their paranoia. The Puritans in those times were very strict in personal habits and morality; swearing, drunkenness and gambling would be punished. The people of Salem believed in the devil and thought that witchcraft should be hunted out....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- 'The crucible'; In the novel 'The Crucible'; I believe is the strongest force in Salem. The emphasis of my essay is to make you (the reader) agree with my sentiments. I will do so through quotes and acts of Abigal Williams. Through out the novel Abigal Williams does many acts to make her look deceitful, dishonest, greedy, corrupt, and as the twenty first century is creeping upon us yes even bitchy. Throughout the novel Abigal Williams is in search of a man, which she has seduced and will stop at nothing to make John her man even if it means killing his wife....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The film The Crucible, based upon Arthur Millar's thought-provoking play, captures the audiences attention as they are lead from misguided but seemingly harmless beginnings through to a mass hysteria which culminates in a climacteric ending. The Crucible details the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 which victimised the townspeople through their own weaknesses as a society and resulted in the hangings of accused witches. The ending shows the true nature of characters revealed, forgiveness, loss of power, strength within ones self and the disintegration of order....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Comparing the Production of the Crucible to the Film

- Comparing the Production of the Crucible to the Film My task was to compare the production of the crucible to the film. The things I had to compare were lighting, camera angles (only applies to the film), dramatic parts, characters and atmosphere effects. Lighting ======== In the play, at the start, the lighting was used to create a spooky atmosphere, which I thought was very good as the crucible is a spooky play. Lanterns hanging from the ceilings with a dim light made this effect....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible Drama is often made interesting to the theatre audience by the author using characters of a certain type (Hero, Villain). Choose two characters from the play that you feel might loosely fit these two categories. Consider how Miller reveals the type of characters people are in the play. Arthur Miller was born on October 17th 1915 in New York City (U.S.A). He graduated from high school in 1932. As there was no money for university, he work for two years as a shipping clerk and in an automobile-parts warehouse in Manhattan, then he applied to the University of Michigan in 1934....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller Pandemonium runs rampant, and suppressed children cry out witch. Scenes such as these from Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, provides a fictional depiction of the infamous 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, witch trials. During the play, the entire community suffers from the mass hysteria that starts with a few young girls dancing in the woods. When the girls are inflicted with abnormal illnesses and problems, the community assumes that witchcraft is involved. After many accusations, trials, and executions, the community's hysteria finally ends....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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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 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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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

- 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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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The Salem Community, Corruption And Corruption

- In the Salem community, corruption already existed with the rumors circulating around the community about witchcraft. Mrs. Putnam confirms the existence of these rumors when she sent her daughter to conjure the dead with Tituba—a slave known for her witchcraft. Her Husband, Thomas Putnam, decided to take advantage of these rumors and persuade Reverend Parris and the rest of the town of the existence of witchcraft in Salem. In act one, while Reverend Parris was denying the accusations of witchcraft in Salem, Thomas Putnam and his wife convince him otherwise....   [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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I Am A Black Slave Woman Named Tituba

- 1. Who am I. I am a black slave woman named Tituba. My parents Abiodun and Abiona, were originally from Yoruba Nigeria before they were captured from their villages in Nigeria, brought to Barbados and sold into slavery. They worked in Rev. Parris’ plantation for many years and that is where I was conceived. Similar to my parents, I worked in Rev. Parris’ plantation until I was twelve years old. After a hurricane hit Barbados and destroyed many plantations, Rev. Parris separated me from my parents and bought me to live in Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The ' Puritan Community '

- 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 imply that any form of individuality will be considered subversive and dangerous” (Bonnet 32). The main cause of this entire process is a combination of individual and social passivity. The character Abigail is out of lust for Proctor and out of jealousy for Elizabeth Proctor which was spoken earlier in the text. In the article, it also approaches that “Every single person can avail himself of the opportunity to weak his own personal vengeance on his neighbor....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Danforth As An Old Man

- The physical description of Danforth is that he are short compared to other people and he is an old man. There are no descriptions of how he looks in the play, but in the movie he is shown as an old man. Also, the personality traits of Danforth as a character is that is he is really fair-minded because he doesn 't care about anybody, but himself. He can tell someone execute someone without getting his feelings hurt. Danforth doesn’t have a heart, he’s awfully rude in both of the play and the movie....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials And The Anti Communist Trials

- Playwright Arthur Miller wrote a play about the Salem Witch trials, and he was able to refer to the similarity of America during the 1940’s and 50’s. While writing the script Miller visited Salem in order to grasp a sense of the scenery. In the Salem Courthouse he saw the red-hunt of the 1950’s as he had in mind the trails that occurred during the 1690’s. The Salem Witch trials and the anti-communist trials had some similarities and differences. During the 1690’s people in Salem would accuse other of witchcraft; similarly, testifiers and informants would say the names of communist members....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Trials Of Salem Witch Trials

- Salem witch trials The Salem Witch Trials were a series of harsh, unconstitutional, and even chaotic trials that killed several innocent people and harmed others. There were several reasons different sources have come up with that are said to have cause in the trials and the way they played out. Some of the reasons that cause the trials to go how they went is the weather, religion, and lust. Through out my research over the topic I learned that the judges in charge of the trials let fear and conspiracy control their judgment in the trials and caused several innocent people to die....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Hunt : A Study On The Roots Of Folk Magic Of Having Protecting And Destroying Affairs

- Witch Hunt The Salem Witch Hunt was a notorious outcry against people assumed to be witches in 1692. Written documentation from the time of the trials has been researched, finding twenty executed and over one hundred imprisoned. Furthermore this documentary shows the people involved and outcomes of many. Witchcraft has a long history in the roots of folk magic of having protecting and destroying affairs. According to the documentary Folk Magic claims the devil would use women, children and occasionally men to do his biddings....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Witches During The Salem Witch Trials

- Question 1: The evidence presented against the supposed witches during the Salem Witch Trials was not physical evidence. Most of the testimonies given by the townspeople were random happenstances that were told to make the accused seem guilty. Other types of evidence given were statements about the accusers being bitten and pinched; this apparently classified as bewitching someone. Some of the accused claimed to be conspiring with the devil so they would not be executed and instead be put in prison (Godbeer 143)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Salem Witch Trials : A Tragic Year For The People Of Salem

- 1692 was a tragic year for the people of Salem. The events that took place in 1692 would prove to be a turning point for not only the people of Salem but the rest of pilgrim towns in The New World. What set the trials in motion is still partially a mystery. Whatever the cause, it is known that the results of the trials were inhumane and brutal. Over thirteen people were sentenced to death during the witch trials. These trials were a set of accusations and arguments set in rapid succession, resulting in mass hysteria and the conviction of over 200 men and women....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials Essay

- The Salem Witch Trials We have all heard fairy tales about witches and wizards. You know, the ones that ride brooms and have that evil laugh. Well, in Salem, Massachusetts, the people there believed in them too. They might not have been the ones that can be seen in the books or popular movies, but they were considered a legitimate threat to the people of Salem. The “witches” of Salem have become a famous part of history, as the trials began in January of 1692. The Salem Witch Trials were some of the darkest times in human history because they caused unjustified hysteria and fear of the unknown; as a result, this caused physical, mental, and emotional harm as well as a great loss of human li...   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials Making The Situation Far Detrimental Than It Should Have Been

- A series of events occurred leading up to, and during the Salem Witch Trials making the situation far detrimental than it should have been. Salem, Massachusetts became the main focus in 1692 when over one hundred people were falsely accused of practicing witchcraft. Twenty were executed by being hanged, one by being pressed, and one-hundred and fifty-six jailed. Women played a big role in the trials. Most of them were the accusers, and the unlucky ones were the accused. The Puritans of this town had just recently moved from their old homes, so living in a new environment may have had an effect on the outrageous hysteria....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Contrary, It Was Not Only Women Who Were At Risk For Betraying Their Gender Expectations

- espite the contrary, it was not only women who were at risk for betraying their gender expectations. Men have also been charged with witchcraft on a comparable basis. Notably, George Burroughs was incriminated of witchcraft bolstered by grievances that he had mistreated his wife. This would have been problematic in Puritan society; a man was obliged to protect and respect his wife. These allegations are made public in the document “Mary Webber Against George Burroughs.” Webber states, “[Webber’s neighbour] hath heard her tell much of her husband’s unkindness to her and that she dare not write to her father to acquaint him how it was with her” (Godbeer 138)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Death Of Salem Children

- On January 20th, 1692, a nine-year-old girl, Elizabeth “Betty” Parris, and an eleven-year-old cousin, Abigail Williams, started the Salem, Massachusetts witch-hunts. Abigail Williams, niece of the village Reverend, began to exhibit sudden, strange behaviors. The young girl screamed blasphemous statements, had horrific convulsions, went into motionless catatonic states, and murmured strange conjurations, and, like clockwork, a small group of Salem children began to evoke the same mysterious behaviors in the puritan village....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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A Game Of Magic Out Of Boredom

- Doldrums and Broomsticks On January 20th, 1692, a nine-year-old girl, Elizabeth “Betty” Parris, and an eleven-year-old cousin, Abigail Williams, decided to play a game of magic out of boredom. Abigail Williams, niece of the village reverend, was always envious of her cousin “Betty,” and decided to take the game of illusion to the extreme. The mysterious Ouija board, given to her by an indian slave by the name of Tituba, was removed from a secret hiding place, and she began to pretend to call on the Spirit of Death....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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