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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Witch Trials Twenty-five people dead, an entire village on the brink of insanity, and a gathering of young girls possessed by demons defined the year 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. What began as a childish game metamorphosed itself into mass hysteria. A combination of irresponsibility and village politics led to the demise of innocence. It has been said that children will be children, as if to imply that the natural order of life begins with the immaturity and foolishness that goes along with childhood....   [tags: Papers]

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The McCarthy Era and the Salem Witch Trials

- The McCarthy Era and the Salem Witch Trials The McCarthy era is very similar to the Salem Witch trials. They are both similar, because they both dealt with hysteria. Hysteria is an uncontrollable fear or outburst of emotion. Both things had to do with people accusing each other of people being communist, and people being witches. The McCarthy era, took place in the twentieth century. It had to do with people thinking that other people were communist. Since people thought that others were communist, they accused them of committing communism....   [tags: Psychology, Social Issues, Persuasive]

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The Relations between the Salem Witch Trials and the Cold War

- The Relations between the Salem Witch Trials and the Cold War In this paper I am going to talk about the relations between the Salem witch trials and the Cold War. Covering this with evidence and facts about the theme. I think that this is a fair comparison and is very interesting what they have in common. In 1953, the play called “The Crucible” written by Arthur Miller created hysteria in all parts of the country. This play describes the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and the irony of a terrible period of American history....   [tags: Papers]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Witch Trials Salem, Massachusetts is a town infamous for its witchcraft trials and mass executions in 1692. Within that year alone, the conservative Puritan authorities of Salem arrested 175 people, and hung twenty two of them. Yet, what could go so terribly wrong so that an entire town of upright citizens would decline to such a state of hysteria so that they would accuse their own neighbors of wizardry. Conzen's America's History points out that even educated and esteemed men such as Samuel Sewall tended toward superstition, associating the natural with the supernatural; and even though they were Christians, they still did not entirely dismiss the pagan deities popular in their...   [tags: Free Essays]

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The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Salem

- The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Salem Salem Village was one of many non-urban inhabitants. They were looked upon as country folk because of their interests and beliefs in the church and growing tobacco to survive in this new land. There was not much for children to do except go to church, work on the fields, or go to school. You can imagine how bored these children can get. In such a secluded lifestyle as this, you would be a crazy person if you were at all different, and this episode would be so different that it would be traumatic to the people of this small village....   [tags: Papers]

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Salem Witch Trials V. The McCarthy Hearings

- The McCarthy Hearings are referred to as "witch-hunts" because of their similarity to the Salem witch trials. The McCarthy hearings are trials in which Senator Joe McCarthy accuses government employees of being Communists. He exaggerates and exploits the evidence and ruins many reputations just as the girls do in the Salem witch trials. The accused, in both cases, are used as scapegoats for society’s problems and the only way to escape direct punishment is to admit to guilt.            Joseph McCarthy and the girls from Salem begin to accuse people of being either Communists or witches to obtain, something they crave, power....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Witches Of Salem

- When I started reading, my impression was that this whole witchcraft test would be rather childish, and aimed toward elementary students. As I took the test the first time, I was feeling as if parts of it were somewhat pointless. Then as the test progressed on it started to get better. However, when I chose not to confess to something I didn’t do, I felt as if the was a little bit of a problem with the reasoning of these people. They didn’t let me get a word in edgewise, and on top of that, the judges seemed to favor the girls and only their opinions....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Danforth?s Witch Hunt, Is It J

- Danforth’s Witch Hunt, Is it Justified. (An Essay on the Crucible) I write in response to your column regarding Judge Danforth’s actions during the witch trials in Salem. Surprisingly, you praised Judge Danforth for his “impartiality and tact” during this tragic set of trials. You could not be farther from the truth. Judge Danforth abused his judicial power, throughout the trials, to the fullest of his abilities. His abuses range from berating and coercing witness into saying what he wants them go, to blatantly ignoring testimony that refuted the accusers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Salem Witch Trials

- During 1692, in a small village named Salem Village, in Massachusetts, tragedy broke loose. A rave of the belief of witches was flying through the small village, making death and tragedy almost a normal and daily thing. Not only was it big in Salem Village, but the word got around to many towns and villages surrounding them. Many were accused, many were accusing, and very few were lucky enough to not be bothered with this crazy belief. It all happened in one year. It started when two young girls seemed sick, but were making awkward sounds and outstanding body movements....   [tags: religious beliefs and mass hysteria]

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The Truth of Reverend Hale during The Salem Witch Trials in "the Crucible,” by Arthur Miller

- The Salem witch trials were a time period in which there was mass chaos and very little reason. In, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, there were an elect group of people that overcame this hysteria of the trials. Among the people of reason arose, Reverend Hale, who displayed both sides of the hysteria. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character as he transforms from a character following the strict law and causing the deaths of many, to a character that understands the ridiculousness of the trials. In the beginning of the play, Hale enters as a strict law abiding citizen enjoying his position of power and his ability to make the decisions in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Arthur Miller]

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Child Witch Hunts in the Congo

- All in the name of ‘God’ witch hunting has been a justification for many years of the harshest capital punishment of innocent men; children and women. Witch hunts have occurred for more than 200 years and it has been an on going issue of abuse of human rights. Witch hunting dates back to the 14th Century in Europe, the starting point of these witch hunts, and Britain. Thus reaching its peak in America during the 16th Century. The famous of all witch hunting cases was ‘The Salem Witch Trials’. Witch hunting has been a major human rights abuse in The Democratic Republic of Congo....   [tags: Informative Essays, human rights, Africa]

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The mass hysteria between today?s society and the Salem witch hunt

- The mass hysteria between today’s society and the Salem witch hunt can be compared through Freedom , Religion ,and the killing of innocent victims. Mass hysteria has caused a lot of destruction in society throughout the years. It has brought about a lot of chaos in both Salem as well as the present society. Mass hysteria has brought out a lot of fear in people in both Salem and present society. Freedom in today’s society is totally different from back when the witch trials were going on in Salem....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Salem Meets Dennis the Menace

- Salem Meets Dennis the Menace What’s the difference between Abigail Williams and Satin. Very little. Abigail turns life around for many innocent citizens of Salem. She took away their freedom and attacked their emotions. Abigail shows many similar qualities to Satin in The Crucible. She certainly rejects God and does what she wants to do regardless of whom it may hurt. Abigail Williams was a menace to society because she destroyed the calm community of Salem through her destructive, sinful acts....   [tags: miscellaneous]

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Cotton Mather: Witch Hunter or Not?

- “History is the story of events, with praise or blame (Brainynotes).” The intelligent, clergyman Cotton Mather stated this quote. Cotton Mather was a very well educated revered man of his time, and he came from a very prominent family. He wrote a collection of works to help create a written documentation of the history of New England. In his work The Wonders of the Invisible World he describes a very difficult time for New England—the Salem Witch Trials; When describing this horrific time he uses a very serious but informative tone which probably led readers to believe that he was a “depraved witch hunter”, and even with this negative reputation today, a person cannot take away the fact...   [tags: Salem Witch Trials]

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salem witchcraft trials cause and effect

- In 1692 the area of Salem town and Salem village became very vulnerable to conflict. Severe weather such as hurricanes had damaged land and crops, the effects of King Phillips War began to impact New England society, and colonists were being forced off of the frontiers by Native peoples. The Church and the government were in heavy conflict. And those residing in Salem began to grow suspicious of one another when some prospered and others hadn’t (Marcus, p13). Suddenly people seemed very paranoid and soon residents were placing blame on one another and accusing each other of witchcraft....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Salem Witch Trials: the Affected and Effected

- Further reading in the book, A Delusion of Satan, explores new facts about the addicted girls' state of mind. Lying and madness are shown constantly by Betty, Anne, and Abigail. There are many underlying factors to why these thoughts of witchcraft started coming about. These issues were going on before the winter of 1692. That year marked the onset of the hysterics behind the witchcraft trials. Because Salem was such a conservative yet opinionated society, the delusion of Satan affected and effected everyone in similar ways....   [tags: World Literature]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The salem witch trials were a crucial part of the 1600’s at some point. As many people know, several people were put to death because of the trials. Judge Sewall, being in an important state of power decided what would happen to the people who were being accused. Miraculously, Judge Sewall’s journal was found which contained several entries that involved the Salem witch trials. In Judge Sewall’s apology, he admits his wrong doing of putting an end to the lives of innocent people. Sewall writes that he recognizes his cruel injustices in several ways....   [tags: Salem witch trials, story analysis]

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Discussion of the Factors and Effects of the Salem Witch Trials

- In 1692, more than 150 people in and around Salem, Massachusetts were imprisoned on charges of practicing witchcraft. Sentences of death were carried out on twenty of the accused. This event is remembered not only because of the loss of life due to accusations of witchcraft, but also because of its portrayal of the consequences of paranoia and hysteria in a partial judicial system. The Salem witch trials will be explored further by discussing the accusers and the accused, the beliefs and society of 17th century North America and outcome of the trials....   [tags: accusers, hysteria, puritans]

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Power in Salem and The Crucible

- “He who has great power should use it lightly.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Power in Salem grew in 1962 at the start of the Salem Witch trials. Two people started to abuse there power. One, Ms. Abigail Williams. Two, Ms. Mary Warren. Three, Deputy Governor Danforth. Why do they abuses there power in the court. The power that Abigail Williams has on the town, maybe fatal. Abigail plays a very important role in the crucible. In fact it is likely with out her it would not exist....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Comparing the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism in America

- The Salem witch trials and the story of Joseph McCarthy are very similar; they both accused innocent people of doing things that were “bad” at the time. The Salem Witch trials were persecutions of men and woman on account of performing witchcraft. Two girls accused a woman of doing witchcraft and then the accusations continued, people accused other people to relieve their own punishment in a last ditch effort to save their lives, but it was in vein. After the witch trials were over “19 had been killed and an elderly man pressed to death under heavy stones”(Linder)....   [tags: American history]

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Tituba´s Viewpoint of the Salem Witch Trails

- Outline:The story portrays Tituba in a new light and can be reflected on leading up to and during the trials. Intro: In the story I, Tituba, it is shown that Tituba has quite a different life and is portrayed as an almost entirely different person than that in any background we read or what I knew about the Salem witch trials. Tituba is typically shown to be a dark witch of some sort who single handedly ruined an entire community in Massachusetts. In the story however she is seen having much more of a background and a real life than just being a witch....   [tags: portrays, story, topic, evidence]

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Intolerance and Hysteria in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible

- Adapting From Page to Screen The Crucible, play and movie, do an exquisite job of displaying the utter turmoil within Salem and other towns held together by Puritanism. In both interpretations of the story, intolerance and hysteria leads Salem down the path of disintegration. Arthur Miller comments on why he wrote such a story: “Upham had not only written a broad and thorough investigation of what was even then an almost lost chapter of Salem's past but opened up to me the details of personal relationships among many participants in the tragedy.” Miller accomplished his goal of portraying the intimate lives of people involved in the witch trials, and gives his readers a thrilling yet accurat...   [tags: Puritans, Witch Trians]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials was a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry Into the Salem Witch Trials is a historical narrative of the trials written by Marion L. Starkey. The trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century. The author discusses the origin, duration and the aftermath of the incident. It discusses the Puritan negligence towards the emotional needs of the female children involved in the trials and their striving for attention, as well as the harsh reality of sin and evil imposed on Puritan beliefs....   [tags: US history, mass hysteria, hearings & prosecution]

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1962

- The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were notorious occasions in American History. They have been the subject of verifiable articles, religious talks, books, plays, and movies. Both in the realm of the scholarly world and pop-society of American social order, the Salem Witch Trials have interested gatherings of people from directly after they happened throughout the twentieth century. In a few ways, the exact truth that investment in this occasion has spread over crosswise over both time and disciplines makes the trials deserving of study....   [tags: notorious occasions in American history]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible: An Attack on McCarthyism?

- In 1692, a group of girls living in Salem Massachusetts fell ill. Suffering from seizures and hallucinations, in extremely religious Puritan New England, the only cause seemed to be the work of the devil or his servants. The sickness ignited fears of witchcraft, and it was only a matter of time until not only the girls, but many other residents of Salem, started accusing other villagers of conspiring with the devil, and casting dark magic. By the August of 1962, nineteen people were executed by the Massachusetts government and judicial system, who were heavily influenced by religion....   [tags: communists, allegory, witch trials]

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The Causes of the Salem Witch Trials

- What caused the Salem Witch Trials. This question has been asked for hundreds of years, yet the world still isn't sure of the answer. The only statement that can be proven is that there were multiple causes (salemwitchtrials.com). No one factor pushed the trials into existence. Even simple things, like fear, took a part in the overall cause. To this day, scientists and researchers alike still argue over the answer to this riddling question. In the early winter months of 1692, in colonial Massachusetts, two young girls began exhibiting strange symptoms that were described to be "beyond the power of Epileptic Fits or natural disease to effect (examiner.com)." Doctors looked them over, but co...   [tags: trails, factors, hysteria]

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The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible

- Telling lies, making false accusations, having suspicion, betraying others and creating fear in others are just some of the factors that caused McCarthyism in the United States. Named after Joseph McCarthy, McCarthyism is the false accusation of someone being a communist. Numerous playwrights are recognized as an allegory for McCarthyism. Arthur Miller, born in 1915, was one of America’s greatest writers for his diversity, his courage, and the influence that he has made on readers all around the world....   [tags: Communism, Play]

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WITCH

- In the winter of 1692, a wave of witch hysteria surrounded the settlement of Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The accusations began with two little girls who were acting strangely. There are many underlying factors to why these thoughts of witchcraft started coming about. These issues were going on before that winter of 1692. The winter of 1692 was the onset of the hysterics behind the witchcraft trials. To understand the reasons behind the hysteria, you have to know a little about the people who settled the area of Salem Village....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Reverend Parris in the Salem Witch Trails

- As minister of the town he was well respected and had the responsibility of instructing the “word of god” and guiding people on the right path. However, he doesn’t do this when he lets Abigail get away with dancing in the forest, which was permitted in the puritan society. He should have took on the teacher role he was given and teach Abigail discipline by making her face the consequence of doing what is not permitted. When navigating some pretty challenging waters, teenagers have a tendency of lying as a way to get attention, to make themselves seem more powerful or attractive to others, or to get sympathy or support....   [tags: society, permit, dance, consequence]

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Relationship between McCarthyism, Saudi Arabia's War on Witchcraft, Moral Panic that Occured in Christian Nations and the Salem Witch Trials

- ... Many of you may not know of McCarthyism, basically McCarthyism was a period when a man named Joseph McCarthy caused a massive uproar of hysteria in the U.S.A. Mass hysteria in the so called “Land of the free”. The hysteria centered around McCarthy was centered around him wanting a second term which led him to make outrages claims that “more than 200 employees in the State Department were card-carrying members of the Communist Party.” These claims were never proven but it caused massive Anti-Communist sentiment amongst the population to unfold....   [tags: collective moral panic, primal behavior]

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A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials

- The author of this book has proposed an intriguing hypothesis regarding the seventeenth-century witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Laurie Winn Carlson argues that accusations of witchcraft were linked to an epidemic of encephalitis and that it was a specific form of this disease, encephalitis lethargica, that accounts for the symptoms suffered by the afflicted, those who accused their neighbors of bewitching them. Though this interpretation of the Salem episode is fascinating, the book itself is extremely problematic, fraught with historical errors, inconsistencies, contradictions, conjecture, and a very selective use of the evidence....   [tags: New England Witch Trials]

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The Old Black Witch

- She was a witch just like any other witch, though these days, witches are harder to come by, due to a lack of old run down buildings for them to live in. She was herself short and squat, noisy, and rather irritable. She rode around on her broomstick and terrorized the neighborhood, a sport she most enjoyed. What could be better than flying through town scaring little boys and girls. Anyway, she had heard that a boy and his mother were moving into the neighborhood. "What fun," she thought. The locals were becoming used to her daily antics....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays]

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The Spark that Ignited the Salem Witchcraft Trials

- What really happened in Salem that ignited the spark of the Witchcraft Trials. Was it out of boredom. Did the girls come down with a case of Schizophrenia, encephalitis, or Huntington’s chorea. (Vogel 1). These are all possibilities, but there is still one theory that could reveal the truth behind the Salem Witch Trials. According to the research by psychologist Linda Caporael, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, the poisoning of ergot originally created the hysteria. (Vogel 1 and Clark 2)....   [tags: poisoning of ergot]

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The Crucible and The Witch Hunt

- The Crucible and The Witch Hunt Rush's Witch Hunt song states "The mob moves like demons possessed/ Quiet in conscience, calm in their right/ Confident their ways are best." However, in Arthur Miller's work The Crucible, Mary Warren states "The Devil is loose in Salem, Mr. Proctor, we must discover where he's hiding" (Miller 59). Rush's remark shows the irony in Mary Warren's statement through the description that the accusers "move like demons." Although, Mary's statement is ironic, it allows Miller to accomplish his goal of relating communism to the Salem Witch Trials and still has a universal meaning that applies to today's situations....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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Fear in Salem, Massachusetts and "The Crucible"

- What do you fear in our twenty-first century society. Terrorism, inequality, losing your home, or injustice. Salem, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century feared injustices among the government. Individuals hid and lied to keep safe from being condemned as witches. This era of history is known as the Salem Witch Trials. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible explores the Salem Witch Trials while following the lives of several individuals. The fear and mistrust among the seventeenth century Salem society can be directly related to today’s twenty-first century society....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Crucible, ]

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Comparing the McCarthy Hearings and McCarthyism with The Crucible Witch Trials

- Throughout the history of mankind, the misapplication of power, marring of souls have been a part of life. How does this affect us, why does it happen. Human emotion plays a major role in prejudice and the politics that surround it are evident in today's society. Many things can define persecution. No matter how it is defined, it is a tragic event. About three hundred years ago, the witch trials of Salem were a hot topic. Two young girls deceitfully accused a slave, Tituba of witchery. Soon, callous accusations flew and the joke became a sad, sad reality....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller’s dramatic play The Crucible, takes place during 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. The setting is important because it takes place during the time of the Salem Witch Trials. The play begins with the town’s girls, led by Abigail Williams, gathering in the forest and starting to dance around a fire, chanting. Reverend Parris catches them dancing, sending the girls into a panic and causing two of the girls to go into a coma-like state. The townspeople spread rumors that there are witches lurking throughout the the town that have put the girls under their spells....   [tags: Salem witch trials]

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The Test Of Salem

- The Tests of Salem The Crucible is a play, which brings attention to many timeless issues. The nature of good and evil, power and its corruption, honor and integrity and irony are all brought up in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Irony what doe sit men. Irony means incongruity between what is expected to happen and what actually occurs. In The Crucible there are three different aspects of irony. Irony is present through many scenes of the play and it is very important to the outcome of the story....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Who is Responsible for the Salem Tragedy?

- ... He thinks reputation is more important to him than standing up to save innocent lives. Next, when pride and arrogance comes in between with one’s intelligence, the effects are often destructive. Danforth proves this through his actions. Throughout the book, he is overconfident. He questions the people (accused) like he already knows that they are guilty. Subsequently, Danforth convicts people based on one’s opinion not fact. He believes that the girls are saying the truth, but he never tries to find evidence or ask the people accused what they have to say before they are hanged....   [tags: mass hysteria, witch trials]

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Girls who Cried Witch in The Crucible

- In “The Crucible”, the author, Arthur Miller, conveys what he believes Senator Joe McCarthy is doing during the Red Scare. The Salem Witch Trials were true events, while this play uses these trials and adds a fictional twist to show a point. Witchcraft was punishable by death during this time. Once names started flying in town it was like a chain reaction, people were accusing others of witchcraft because they were not fond of them or they had something they wanted. Some definitions state mass hysteria as contagious, the characters in this play deemed it true....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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Salem Witch

- Paranoia Paranoia is the underlying factor of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Samuel Parris had a great terror of Satan arming his foes to destroy both him and his church. He was obsessed with any sinfulness that he saw. Although it was not just Reverend Parris that had these beliefs. It was the paranoid society, which he was a member of. The Puritans were paranoid of being different. Conformity was a large part of their life because they were all driven into the same religion. Originality is a natural human characteristic that was stripped of their being....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Mass Hysteria during the Salem Witch Trials and 9/11

- “Shouts and cries tear through the midnight skies as a large mob rushes through the streets screaming ‘monster, monster!’ Carrying torches, pitch forks, and any other sort of ominous weapon they attack the doors to destroy the creature inside.” No this was not the latest strike against Sadam, or another crazed cult attack; it is mass hysteria and it grips the world with an iron fist. This concept is not a recent new age thing either; it has been around sense the dawn of time. The madness that condemned the town of Salem still broods inside the hearts of people to this day in the form of stolen planes and suicide bombers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Devil, the Witches and the Victims of Salem

- The Devil, the Witches and the Victims of Salem Nineteen were hanged, seventeen died in prison, 150 were imprisoned and one was crushed to death. All of them were accused, by a group of seemingly innocent young girls, of witchcraft and wizardry. The cry of witchcraft all began in the January of 1692 in the town of Salem. Then, almost as soon as it had begun, the hysteria, that swept through Puritan Massachusetts ended. The Reverend Parris speculated that witchcraft had aroused after the strange illness and behaviour of his daughter, Betty and niece, Abigail....   [tags: Papers]

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The Salem Witch Trials, Hysteria and Religion

- Salem Massachusetts became the center of a horrible tragedy, which changed the life of many people. It was a hard time, because of the bad crops and diseases. The people in Salem had to blame someone or something. This people accused innocent people by calling them witches. They were accused by having contact with the devil, hurting people, to pinch people on their bodies and more. These actions were result of hysteria. Maybe those extraneous symptoms were result of an illness or bacteria. On the Bible says “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” This mean that any type of witch or curse will not live, so I think that quote or versus in the Bible want to explain that we need to fight again...   [tags: Puritans]

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Salem

- The Salem Witchcraft Trials: A Time of Fear and Confusion Imagine, just for a minute, living in a time and place where you are not free to practice your own religious or spiritual beliefs and you are forced to live in fear because of persecution by the church and everyone around you. Persecution back in 1692 in Salem Massachusetts was a very real, very serious thing. Those persecuted were hanged, burned, and even pressed against rocks if found guilty of witchcraft. The Salem Witchcraft Trials stands as one of the darkest times in American history of religious tolerance....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Salem Witch Trial

- The Salem Witch Trial The Salem Witchcraft was a series of undesirable events, which was powered by paranoia and fear. Though several witch trials occurred before the Salem Witch Trial, this was the most well known of all. Many innocent people were accused of witchcraft which resulted to 19 men and women that were hanged, 17 innocents that died in unsanitary prisons, and an 80-year old man that was crushed to death by putting stones on top of his stomach until he confesses (movie: The Crucible)....   [tags: American America History]

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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 History of the Salem Witch Trial in 1692

- There was a point in our history when people believed in witches. If you were accused as a witch, you would be tried, most of the time found guilty, and hanged. These events happened in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. During the Salem witch trials in 1692, more women were accused than men. At the same time, women were also accusers. Many things could have caused women to be accused and accusers. These included, the stories Tituba told, the effects of Ergot Poisoning, Hysteria and the hunger for Power....   [tags: salem witch trial, ]

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The Witch Trials of Salem

- The Witch Trials of Salem Though only a seven-month “trend,” the Salem Witch Trials (SWTs) led to the executions and imprisonments of several innocent people. The SWTs were the examinations, trials, and executions of alleged “witches” beginning in late February 1692 and ending in late October 1692. The SWTs began in Salem Village, Massachusetts (currently Danvers, Massachusetts). The SWTs began with the “circle girls”: Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam, Jr., Elizabeth Hubbard, Mercy Lewis, and Mary Walcott....   [tags: American History]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller based The Crucible upon the seventeenth century witch hunts that took place in the community of Salem – a small Puritan colony near Boston, Massachusetts. At that time Salem was a theocracy in which Christian moral was interpreted by the citizens as supreme. Miller this play as an allegory for Senator Joe McCarthy and his notorious “Red Scare” hearings of the twentieth century which accused many high-profile Americans of being dissident communist. In both situations people were being accused of heinous crimes with not much proof....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Analysis]

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Development of Colonial Societies

- During the early historic years, there were many upcoming and developing colonial societies. Many of the colonial societies faced tension and problems throughout their time period, causing people to distrust or unsure of their colonial rules. Bacon’s Rebellion, Pueblo Revolt and Salem Witchcraft Trials were all huge events that took place in early historic times. These featured events established great refinement for religion, political and social formation within the colonial societies. Bacon’s Rebellion, Pueblo Revolt and Salem Witchcraft Trials took an enormous toll on how the religious structure was changed throughout the colonial societies....   [tags: religion, politics, Salem Witch Trials]

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John Proctor, a Character in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- John Proctor is a quiet man who has a secret that will turn into his downfall. Even though he has a family and owns a farm on the outskirts of town, he fails to keep his morals straight and eventually falls victim to his own lust. Because of the lust between John and Abigail, she starts a witch-hunt so hopefully she can have John all to herself, and get herself out of trouble. The hunt causes John to forget his pride and sacrifice himself for his family and his friends. By doing so he shows the whole village of Salem what it means to be a Puritan....   [tags: Salem, Witch Trials, Lust]

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials

- The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 were the largest outbreak of witch hunting in colonial New England up to that time. Although it was the largest outbreak, it was not something that was new. Witch-hunting had been a part of colonial New England since the formation of the colonies. Between the years 1648 to 1663, approximately 15 witches were executed. During the winter of 1692 to February of 1693, approximately 150 citizens were accused of being witches and about 25 of those died, either by hanging or while in custody....   [tags: American History]

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Puritanism, and The Salem Witch Trials

- Puritanism, and The Salem Witch Trials Puritanism refers to the movement of reform, which occurred within the Church of England. It began at the time of the Elizabethan settlement of 1559 and ended at the end of the Rump Parliament with the ascension of Charles II to the British throne in 1660. The American Puritans clearly understood that God's word applies to all of life. Their exemplary lives and faith, contrary to popular myths, are a highpoint of Christian thinking. Puritan legal history specifies some of their loyalties and compromises....   [tags: essays papers]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Village, a small town in Massachusetts, is a very peaceful society. There are small fights, like when half of the village agreed to have a church there and half of the hoi polloi who doesn’t like the idea. Still, it was a very tranquil village. People there are Puritans. Puritans are strict Christian believers. They believe that women and children are to be seen, not heard. They believe that the devils and witches have specters, and specters can attack people. Puritans blame bad crops, death of others, and dreadful events on witches....   [tags: mass hysteria]

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Salem Witchcraft Trials

- Salem Witchcraft Trials Thesis Statement ================ The Salem Witchcraft Trials occurred because of the depth of Salem Puritans' belief in witchcraft and the devil. Introduction ============ The Salem Witchcraft trials started in 1692 resulting in 19 executions and 150 accusations of witchcraft. This was the biggest outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in colonial New England. The trials began because three young girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began having hysterical fits, convulsions and terrifying visions after being caught engaging in forbidden fortune telling[1]....   [tags: Papers]

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Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692, by Bernard Rosenthal

- When one evokes The Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the image that comes to most peoples minds are that of witches with pointed hats riding broomsticks. This is not helped by the current town of Salem, Massachusetts, which profits from the hundreds of thousands of tourists a year by mythologizing the trials and those who were participants. While there have been countless books, papers, essays, and dissertations done on this subject, there never seems to be a shortage in curiosity from historians on these events....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sources]

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Regarding Salem

- There are many great historical fiction novels in print today. All Quiet On The Western Front, The Boleyn Inheritance, Baudolino, The Crucible. All of these novels take place in great historical times: World War I, the Elizabethan Era, the 12th century, the period of the Salem Witch Trials. Perhaps the most interesting time period and tale remains the aforementioned Witch Trials. The hysteria, the accusations, the cold and heartless trials, the death sentences-all of these elements work together to snatch even the casual reader’s fascination right out of the air....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Great Witch Hunt

- Humanity had gone through a number of challenges that tested our beliefs and morals throughout history. In 1692, our humanity was tested in a significant manner when the Great Salem Witch Hunt erupted on the puritans of colonial America. Fear spread among the people and the drive to get rid of the bad was strong, causing many innocent people to be killed. These type of events repeats itself throughout the course of time. It is as if we humans are oppressed for a certain amount of decades and then once fear takes root in our society, we act harshly upon it, as if releasing emotions of desire for personal freedom....   [tags: Salem, Massachussets witch trials]

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The Salem, Massachusetts Witch Trails of 1692

- During the 1600's, our country was young and starting to grow. Man believed in the paranormal and thought my things were either and act of God or Satan. The pilgrims believed the Devil was alive and planned to destroy the pilgrims. At that point in time, those who practiced Christianity believed that the Devil could give his worshipers special powers to harm others in return for his loyalty; they were called witches. In 1692, dark times shadowed the small village of Salem, Massachusetts, it was the beginning of the dreaded Salem witch trials....   [tags: court, death, beliefs, devil]

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The Crucible and The Salem Witch Trials by Arthur Miller

- ... They sold everything they had and moved to Brooklyn. As a teenager, Miller would have to deliver bread every morning before school to help out the family. Yet, despite living in poverty, Miller made the best out of his childhood. Since money was an issue, Miller had to find other activities to keep him busy. In school Miller was one of the schools best athletes and participated in many school activities. Having to live in this type of poor lifestyle is what influenced his passion to make a difference in his plays....   [tags: great depression, world war II]

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Salem Witch Trials in Arthur Miller's Crucible

- In Arthur Miller’s Crucible, eight girls from Salem face a dilemma. The eight girls were in trouble because their uncle, Parris, who was a minister, saw them dancing in the forests unaware of who was keeping an eye on them. Uncle Parris believes that the girls’ dancing is the cause of one of the youngest girls, Betty, sickness. Betty was believed to be in a coma right after the girls’ dancing in the forests. When the girls were questioned about why they were dancing in the forests, selfishly, they blamed anyone they thought of and hated and accused them of making them drink cow blood (Act 1; Page 19) and sending their spirits at them(The Mary Warren incident from Act 3; Page 114 – 115)....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Depth of Human Evil in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is an intriguing novel about the witch trials in Salem during the 17th century. During the Salem witch trials, innocent people were accused of being witches just so that others could take their land and farms. The main protagonist, John Procter, stands up against the corruption and greed that has infested the very heart of Salem, and tries to overthrow Abigail Williams, a corrupt young maiden who blames and kills the accused witches. This novel explores the depth of evil in human nature through these main characters John Procter and Abigail Williams....   [tags: English Literature, Salem Witch Trials]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Deep inside a town in Massachusetts innocent people were accused of the devil’s work, witchcraft. God-fearing Puritans took it upon themselves to exterminate Satan’s followers influenced by anti-witch ideas and other sources including books and the words of various priests. Over 100 people were given unfair trials; many were jailed while quite a few were lynched. Although the Salem witch trials are considered one of the depressing parts of American history the topic also provides an interesting look at how people thought and lived during the colonials times....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch Trials was probably considered the darkest time for the New England Colony. This was a mass murder of women and a few men that were supposed witches. All of this started from two little girls and a bacteria in the bread that affected the brain. This all started on January 20,1692 when nine-year-old Elizabeth Parris and eleven-year-old Abigail Williams started to exhibit strange behavior. Blasphemous screaming, Seizures, Trance-like states and Mysterious spells....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Ergotism, Hysteria, and Disorders Detected in Salem

- ... The affected women experienced an inner conflict which was explained by the ministers as a struggle between good and evil. As to the physical symptoms: the fits, trances, and paralyzed limbs, among others, Karlsen attributes them to the afflicted girls’ actual fear of witches as well as the idea that once they fell into an afflicted state they were free to express unacceptable feels without reprisal. The swollen throats, extended tongues, and eyes frozen in peripheral stares were manifestations of the inner rage they felt toward society; they were so upset they literally could not speak....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, the Crucible]

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Repeating History: The Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare

- Is it possible for history to repeat itself. This seems like an unlikely concept, but it is not as far-fetched as it may seem. There have been many times throughout history that things have seemingly repeated themselves. One of the best examples of this is the Salem Witch Trials in the 1690’s being repeated in the form of the Red Scare of the 1950’s. The Red Scare is reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials in that people were accused of doing something they did not do, they were only given the choices of condemn or confess, and more harm was done than avoided as a result of the scares....   [tags: communists, accusation]

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Rachel Clinton Path to Demise in the Salem Witch Trials

- Power is something that most people strive to attain in their lives. If not power, than money. But with the gain of power or wealth comes unexpected setbacks, especially in the case of Rachel Clinton, where growing up in a wealthy and influential family didn’t save her from being targeted during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. With that stated, if she had not been in such a position of wealth, could she have not been a target at all. Rachel (Haffield) Clinton was born the daughter of Martha and Richard Haffield in 1629....   [tags: wealth, acusations, witchcraft]

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Taking a Closer Look at The Salem Witch Trials

- During the time of the Salem Witch Trials the intertwining of religion and government did not allow citizens of Salem, Massachusetts the right to a fair trial, so it was the states responsibility to separate the two. In the 1600’s the Puritan religion was greatly enforced by the government. It wouldn’t be until many years later that separation of church and state became a law. The Salem Witch trials were when hundreds of citizens of Salem, Massachusetts were put on trial for devil-worship or witchcraft and more than 20 were executed in 1692....   [tags: historical analysis]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- ... The residents of the village of Salem have what they believe is definitive and irrefutable proof that someone is bewitching these children and perhaps even the town itself. For them the question is not if it is happening but who is doing it. This was on the tail end of the Witchcraft craze that was sweeping through Europe where thousands of women accused of witchcraft were put to death because they were believed to be agents of the Devil causing harm to others through supernatural means. The craze started in the 1300’s and ended in the late 1600’s.(Blumberg, 2007) Even though overseas this was winding down, local events caused it to flourish....   [tags: history of the New England colonies]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- Superstition--The belief in supernatural causality, has been a driving factor behind pivotal historical events throughout the early years of the documented human existence. Unexplainable disasters and phenomena were once commonly attributed to displeased gods by many an ancient civilization. Humans have always had a burning desire to understand why things happen. Remarkable and seemingly unexplainable events occurring in civilizations where the sciences are lacking, leaves the masses to credit that so badly desired explanation to magic and unearthly powers, allowing superstitious un-backed accusations and assumptions to run rampant....   [tags: church, ignorance, superstition]

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The Causes of the Salem Witch Hunt

- The Causes of the Salem Witch Hunt Many American colonists brought with them from Europe a notion in witches and an intrigue with alleged manipulation with the devil. During the seventeenth century, people were executed for witchcraft all over the colonies, chiefly in Massachusetts. Various of the accused were women, inducing some recent historians to recommend that charges of witchcraft were a way of dominating women who endangered the present economic and social order at that time....   [tags: Papers]

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The New York Conspiracy Trials

- Fear begets hate and hate begets violence. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the 1741 New York slave conspiracy trials. Much like the violence in the Salem Witch Trials, a set of natural circumstances coupled with the word of one or two people from a lower order of society caused hysteria and bloodshed. This case is flimsy by modern-day standards and is also very flimsy by the standards of the 1740s. The conspiracy rumblings began after a shop owned by Rebecca Hogg was robbed by two slaves....   [tags: American History]

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The Falsely Accused Cause of The Salem Witch Trials

- Convulsions, diarrhea, vomiting, skin discoloration, hallucinations, burning and cold sensations, coma, and death are all symptoms of convulsive ergot poisoning (Coll). Ergot poisoning was said to be the cause of the bewitched behavior of the afflicted girls during the Salem witch trials; however, convulsive ergotism only occurs in places lacking vitamin A, the symptoms of ergot were not present in the girls, and the girls were most likely faking all of the symptoms that they did have. Gangrenous ergotism is the type of ergot poisoning that is contracted when there is plenty of vitamin A in the environment....   [tags: ergot poisoning, vitamin A]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem witchcraft trials began in the year of 1692. The trials caused hysteria in Salem Village. There were twenty people accused of witchcraft and executed. Over one hundred people were thought to be guilty and were placed in jail. However, “The Salem witch-hunt was remarkable not for the numbers hanged and imprisoned but for happening when it did” (Hill 1). The trials began over forty years after the initial European witch-frenzy (Hill 1). Superstition was being challenged by scientists at the time....   [tags: literary analysis, culture, ergotism]

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The Witch Trails of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692

- In February of 1692, over two hundred people were accused and tried for using witchcraft in New England. The most infamous of these witch trials were performed in Salem Town, Massachusetts. Even though there was little to no evidence that the accused were actually practicing witchcraft or had “signed a contract with the devil, there were a few erratic outbursts, and weird happenings in town that people said were a result of demonic activity and someone had to be blamed. That is how the trials started....   [tags: witchcraft, erratic, trails]

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Salem Witch Trials

- As flawed people, achieving perfection is an impossible task. Yet, despite this inevitability, individuals strive for perfection only to reveal and witness imperfections. The Puritan lifestyle attempted to achieve this unattainable mission by setting strict morals upon the people of Salem, Massachusetts, however they struggled to do so. Salem faced a major change as a result of the Puritan ambition. Because of their thought on the ideal community as a straitlaced society, those who portrayed an imperfect model were to be isolated....   [tags: Puritans]

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Salem Witch Trials

- “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” M.L.K. Jr. (Walkman). Just imagine seeing hallucinations everywhere, believing that witches are everywhere doing horrible things. That seems terrifying but not as terrifying as what happens to the people who were accused. If they were accused it is practically a death sentence. The scary thing was that people believed the little girls of Salem who were accusing people....   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, England]

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Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In Nathaniel Hawthorne's “Young Goodman Brown”, he recreates a time most recalled of the Puritans: the Salem witch trials. He includes multiple historical names associated with the trial, some of them even of his own ancestry. These historical facts are important to his story because it builds a sense of apprehension, doubt and superstition in the reader, while containing tangible connections to reality. It also allows contemporary readers to examine the issues and see the repercussions of such a belief system and the impact it can and did have....   [tags: witch trials, Abigail Williams]

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Arthur Miller's Comparing of Similarities in The McCarthy Era and The Salem Witch Trials Illustrated in The Crucible

- “She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave. And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance, and you must see it, I set myself entirely in your hands.” John Proctor says this to Danforth in the movie “The Crucible,” which is a fascinating, and disturbing story based on an important event in history. This event was the Salem Witch Trials. The author Arthur Miller wrote this story in response to the major event the McCarthy Era....   [tags: American History, Red Scare]

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