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Salem's Lot by Stephen King

- In Stephen King Salem's lot, he brings a brilliantly written storm of force, King brings to life the creatures that have prowled the town of Jerusalem's lot for centuries throughout the local rumors. The book, Salem's Lot takes you through its twisted plot, with vivid characters, and the crazy turns it takes. Steven King has the power to make something so unrealistic very real, he is seen as a gothic literary writer because he expresses the key characteristics of gothic literature throughout most of his stories....   [tags: gothic literature, literary analysis]

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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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Witch Trial Phenomena

- In important respects, the great witch hunts began with the invention of the stereotypical witch in texts by professional demonologists. Prior to the publication of these texts, there was already widespread belief in magic both harmless and malicious. But not until the practice of magic became a religious warfare between God and his enemy the devil did community concerns about the practice of magic evolve into the desperate, sadistic trials that occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the idea that witchcraft was a reality rather than a myth suddenly made a comeback....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Puritan Religion’s Influence on Children

- ... Also, children lived with the fear of not experiencing God for their memberships to the church. In this time, to be a citizen, you had to be a member of the church. When the children of the elect were born, they were automatically given membership to the church, because they were for surely experience God. When some of them did not, they lived inconstant fear of what was to to come of them and their future children. The constant fears and pressures of the Puritan child lead to problems within the community (Campbell)....   [tags: religious beliefs and parenting]

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European Witch Hunts

- European Witch Hunts Witch hunts blazed across Europe over the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries not just killing innumerable innocent people, but stripping women of much of the power they had once held, and changing society's perceptions of women all together. The economic hardships, religious rivalries, and troubled politics of the time made accusing your neighbors of witchcraft convenient. Where there was war and poverty, or merely bad luck, peasants would assume witchcraft and rush to blame an old, defenseless woman in trials which involved unbelievable cruelty and horrible sadism....   [tags: Papers]

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Creating Tension and Drama in the Courtroom in The Crucible

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

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A Historical Journey through the American Conscience: The Public and its Courts

- America has long taken pride in being a nation of idealism and of freedom. Still, while these values have remained constant, other areas of the American mindset have evolved repeatedly over the brief course of America’s history. Nothing could illustrate this change more than the complex, developing, relationship between American citizens and their criminal justice system. Each era of American history shows the mindset of its time through the courts. From the extreme Puritans, and their deeply spiritual, irrational cases, to the politically charged events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and forward into the hodgepodge of contemporary justice, one can read the American conscience b...   [tags: Criminal Justice]

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The Witch Hearings in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Witch Hearings in The Crucible by Arthur Miller There are strong parallels between Arthur Miller's The Crucible and the history it depicts and the reign of terror that the 1950's era of McCarthyism repeated. These two historical events are linked by several commonalities: a lack of intelligent discussion, public hysteria, threats, fear and finally, the presumption of guilt rather than innocence. Miller convincingly uses fiction and dialogue to recreate a very real moment in history, which due to the timing of the play's release may also have been purposely created as a response to the actions of Joseph McCarthy....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Scottsboro Trials of the 1930´s

- On March 25, 1931, nine men hopped on to a freight train. Little did they know the events that would ensue. Unjust and racist, the Scottsboro Trials were not just ordinary cases. The Scottsboro Trials changed how America viewed segregation. The nine young men, who hopped onto that train that day, were innocent and harmless. The Scottsboro Trials revealed the unjust treatment that African Americans faced and changed views on segregation. In the 1930’s segregation was strongly enforced and whites were superior to blacks....   [tags: Racism, Discrimination, Rape]

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The Scarlet Letter: The Book vs. the Movie

- The Scarlet Letter:  The Book vs. the Movie    Demi Moore's portrayal of Hester in the movie The Scarlet Letter proved her worth as a feminist actress, which led her to other, more modern female empowerment roles ranging from Striptease to GI Jane.  But in the moviemakers 'attempt to give the story what they might think is a little modern flavor, they barbarously misconstrued the theme, and thus the importance, of a timeless story.  In the novel, there can be little doubt that Hester is a strong person, but the movie made her out to be a martyr for women's rights.  The female empowerment theme of the movie also inevitably led to the characterization of Christians and their ethics as tyra...   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Americans In The Colonial Times

- D B Q Americans in the colonial period were primarily concerned with matters of religion and conscience. In every aspect of their society, religion and morality was one of the first things that came into focus. In 1688, a group of Quakers voted in favor of a resolution against slavery. Their reason for doing this was that slavery was bad enough for any human being to partake in, let alone Christians like themselves. The Quakers were a non-discriminatory group of people who believed in religious as well as personal freedom....   [tags: essays research papers]

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An Analysis of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

- The Chronicles of Narnia are veritably the most popular writings of C.S. Lewis. They are known as children’s fantasy literature, and have found favor in older students and adults alike, even many Christian theologians enjoy these stories from Lewis; for there are many spiritual truths that one can gleam from them, if familiar with the Bible. However, having said this, it is noteworthy to say that Lewis did not scribe these Chronicles for allegorical didactics of the Christian faith, but wrote them in such a well-knit fashion that young readers might understand Christian doctrine through captivating fantasy and thus gain an appreciation for it....   [tags: Chronicles of Narnia, Character Analysis]

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Medical Ethics in Drug Trials

- Medical Ethics in Drug Trials Thousands of people voluntarily enroll in clinical drug trials every year. They are putting their health and safety at risk by participating in a drug trial. One would think they would be doing this to promote medical advancement, but in all actuality, it is for the high dollar amounts they receive for compensation. People that frequently enroll in drug trials are often called “guinea pigs.” The monetary amount people are paid can go as high seventy-five hundred dollars....   [tags: Medical Ethics ]

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Clinical Drug Trials on Humans

- Clinical drug trials are tests on drugs to find out if the outcome is a cure to the disease or not. In other words, clinical drug trials are done to figure out the effectiveness of the drug. Clinical drug trials are ethical because the scientists are trying to find hope and cures to diseases that may be taking over a person’s life. Chase, who has fragile X syndrome, showed signs that the drug he took in a clinical drug trial, minocycline, was working when he began to develop the abilities to understand things and respond to others....   [tags: ethics, disease, cure, drugs]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Persecution has been a round for sometime and can be traced historically from the time of Jesus to the present time. Early Christians were persecuted for their faith in the hands of the Jews. Many Christians have been persecuted in history for their allegiance to Christ and forced to denounce Christ and others have been persecuted for failing to follow the laws of the land. The act of persecution is on the basis of religion, gender, race, differing beliefs and sex orientation. Persecution is a cruel and inhumane act that should not be supported since people are tortured to death....   [tags: persecution and mass hysteria]

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Trials

- Trials “‘Isn’t it interesting, Stephen-san,” he said, “how sometimes you must cut away something in order to make it grow back stronger?... It may seem lonely and barren at first, only to flower again in the spring’” (193). Matsu relates human emotions to a tree: A gardener who wants strong, fruit-bearing trees will prune the tree annually. These trees will yield higher quality fruit and live significantly longer. In a similar fashion, Matsu shares his belief with Stephen that a person’s life needs to be “pruned” in order to let them become stronger and wiser....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The Devils Shadow

- The Devil's Shadow Time Setting: The Devil's Shadow by Clifford Lindsey Alderman took place in the late seventeenth century from 1692-1693. This is the time period that the Salem Witch Trials took place. The main plot of the story rested on the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials, the trials themselves, and the aftermath of the trials. Detailed accounts of witch executions, the actual trials, and the events that caused the trials were discussed in the story. Place Setting: Most of the action in this story took place in Salem, Massachusetts....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Arthur Miller and his Distorted Historical Accuracies

- Arthur Miller and his Distorted Historical Accuracies In 1953, Arthur Miller wrote his famous play The Crucible, in response to a fear of Communism that had developed in the United States during that decade. The "Red Scare", as it was later called by historians was led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose paranoia of a communist takeover spread through the nation like a wildfire. Men and women alike fell victim to McCarthy's pointed finger and as a result of this hysteria, were mostly deported from the country, their careers and lives ruined....   [tags: American America History]

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The Nuremberg Trials Rewritten

- ... Most would say that “If I were them” but there are no “If I were them” because if you were them and they all fell for it it’s the only logical that anyone else would fall for it. Why is that nobody ever finishes what they started. The reality was after a certain amount of people and thirteen years the Nuremberg trials were put to a stop. The most important thing though is that men were convicted for things that they might not have actually done. Why it is that only the leaders, judges, and doctors were tried and sentenced at court when there were other key players....   [tags: Treaty of Versailles, not guilty verdict]

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The Devil in Massachusetts Book Review

- The Salem witch craft trials are the most learned about and notable of Europe's and North America's witch hunts. Its notoriety and fame comes from the horrendous amount of people that were not only involved, but killed in the witch hunt and that it took place in the late 1700's being one of the last of all witch hunts. The witch craft crises blew out of control for several reasons. Firstly, Salem town was facing hard economic times along with disease and famine making it plausible that the only explanation of the town's despoilment was because of witches and the devil....   [tags: Book Reviews]

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The Devils Disciples

- The Devils Disciples King James II’s rise to power in the 1680s became an extremely turbulent time for all under his reign. This was primary due to Catholic versus Protestant relations. Unlike his brother Charles II, James II openly professed his Catholic beliefs and granted religious freedom to all. Aside from religious toleration, his appointing of Catholics to high government posts enraged the Protestant colonialists even more. One individual was Governor Andros. He wrongfully imposed taxes, took way self-governing systems, ended jury trials, and oppressed Puritan beliefs....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Are You, Guilty by Suspicion? (Movie Review)

- Are You, Guilty by Suspicion. (Movie Review) The movie Guilty by Suspicion was not your average “action-packed” Matrix. In this movie, David Merrill (played by Robert DeNiro,) is a successful director. Everything seems to be fine, until his past starts catching up with him. Now he’s wanted for possibly being a Communist. As boring as this would sound to the average teenager, I actually liked it. Take for example the scene where he first sees his son. He gave him a brand new toy car and you could clearly see he loved his little boy....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Effectiveness of the Closing Scene of Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The Effectiveness of the Closing Scene of Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller was born in 1915 and was only fourteen years of age at the time of the Wall Street crash, this clearly affected his life. His plays often concentrated upon contemporary society and problems it may face. This is why at first sight "The Crucible" seems to break this mould, instead of a play showing contemporary society; it concerns a study in the mass hysteria which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a thought provoking tale of the madness of the Salem witch trials. There are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which is the girls' suppressed childhoods, which led them to rebel against the society they lived in. However, there were other factors, such as Abigail Williams' affair with John Proctor, who was a married, well respected farmer of Salem; the secret grudges that neighbours 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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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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Pity in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible – Pity It's shocking how people die for no reason. It was happening in Salem in 1692 for the witch trials. Rebecca Nurse was a woman with good reputation, and because of spectral evidence she was sentenced with death. The only way to escape from death was to accept that she was a witch. This is still happening now. Osama Bin Laden was the reason for 7000 people's death in New York. We have to look at the society of Salem and pity them because of the repressions that made order and freedom imbalanced, as we are going to be pitied some day....   [tags: Crucible Essays]

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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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Clinical trials

- Introduction Clinical trial is biomedical or health related research studies in human being that follow a pre-defined protocol. Research is an activity designed to test a hypothesis that helps in concluding and developing knowledge. It is a protocol that has an objectives and procedures to reach those objectives (1). There are two types of clinical studies. One is interventional studies in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured....   [tags: interventional studies, observational studies]

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Monotonous Rainbow Fork

- Sorry Michael Jackson, it does “matter if you’re black or white.” There was once a time when cookies and cream didn’t always form a perfect concoction of frozen creamery goodness; in other words, blacks and whites didn’t always mesh well together. Besides racial ethnicity, moral values can also be black or white. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the townspeople of Salem are morally segregated by their belief and conformity to suspicion. A person is either a hundred-percent bonafide eviling of the Devil or an angel sent down by God to cleanse the world of sinful dirt....   [tags: the crucible, racial ethnicity, salem]

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Scottsboro Trials

- In the 1930’s segregation was strongly enforced and whites were superior to blacks. It didn’t matter whether you were poor or rich, if you were white you had more respect and trust than any black person did. So when white girls accuse blacks of raping them, something big is about to happen. Trials that were meant to only take a few days, turned into months, and soon it became years. Before people knew it, something as simple as rape trials was altering the countries future. The Scottsboro Trials were conducted in a way that gave us long-lasting effects....   [tags: American History, Segregation]

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Nuremberg Trials

- The Nuremberg trials were a series of military tribunals that took place from November 20, 1954 to October 1, 1946. They were most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany. Nazi Germany was responsible for the Holocaust, a program of genocide that consisted of “the deliberate annihilation of approximately 6 million European Jews before and during WWII” (Seltzer 512). As Telford Taylor, the Chief Counsel for War Crimes, wrote in 1949, “Nuremberg has been both hailed as a milestone in the evolution of international law and morality, and condemned as a wreaking of vengeance by the perversion of justice.” The legacy thes...   [tags: Nazi Germany, military, international law]

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The Universal Theme of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- [1] Why after all this time did Arthur Miller allow his play, The Crucible, to be converted to film. For decades, he refused to allow a film version because he thought movies were subordinate to the written word. Finally in the early 1990’s, he not only permitted the film version but also supported it by writing the screenplay. To answer this question we should first find out his reasons for writing the original play. Miller wrote the original play, The Crucible, in the 1950’s, which was during the McCarthy Era, when people were afraid of being condemned by Senator Joseph McCarthy and his party for being supposedly associated with the communist party....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The Trials of Othello

- The Trials of Othello In Shakespeare's Othello there are three main trials that build the plot of the play. In each of these "trials", Iago though not always the judge tries to be the puppet master. He does this by focusing on each characters fatal flaw. In the play the three main trails go as follows. First there is Othello's trial were he is being judged by the Duke and Brabantio regarding what happened with himself and Desdemona. The second and main trial is that of Othello judging Cassio, though it is not much of a trial per say because Othello is merely listening to what Iago has to say and does not even confront Cassio....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Trials at Nuremburg

- The Trials at Nuremburg November 20, 1945: The beginning of the Nuremberg trial of Nazi War Criminals The opening day of the Nuremberg trail of Nazi War Criminals began on November 20, 1945. Lord Justice Lawrence, the British president of the international tribunal, oversaw the proceedings against the surviving major leaders of the Third Reich. In his opening statement, he called the trial "Unique in the history of the jurisprudence of the world" (Opening). And thus, the case of the United States, French Republic, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union against Germany was opened in Nuremberg, Germany....   [tags: Papers]

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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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Witchcraft

- Witches are present in many popular television, movie, and book series, such as True Blood, Harry Potter, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.These witches have magical powers that allow them to manipulate the world around them which can be used for either good or evil. The fact that these powers are used for evil is the truly frightening part. For example, many of the witches and wizards in Harry Potter are death eaters for Voldemort and use their powers for evil by killing people and causing chaos within society....   [tags: History]

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Superstition and the Witch-hunts in Early Modern Britain

- Superstition and the Witch-hunts in Early Modern Britain The people of Early Modern Britain were deeply superstitious and this aspect to their character had a major bearing on the course that the events of the witch-hunts took. The belief in witches was as illogical as many of the other beliefs that were popularly held in Early Modern Britain. The populous held many beliefs that were not based on fact. These beliefs would be very old and passed on from generation and built in to the character of every person....   [tags: Papers]

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The Witch Hunt in The Crucible and During the Time of McCarthyism

- The Themes of The Crucible and Parallels to McCarthyism                      Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, Arthur Miller's The Crucible describes the witch hunt that saw harmless people hanged for crimes they did not commit. The Crucible provides an accurate historical account of the witch hunt, but its real achievement lies in the many important issues it deals with. Miller's concerns with conscience, guilt and justice develop into significant and thought-provoking themes throughout the play....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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ku klux klan

- Ku Klux Klan Prejudice comes in many forms. Two such forms of extreme prejudice are the Salem witch-hunts and the Ku Klux Klan. In the colonial time, from 1700 to 1775, the Salem witch-hunts took place. The KKK originated after the civil war and is still going on today. These two groups based their prejudice on religious beliefs. People from many different cultures founded our nation, which gives us a unique diversity that was and is not always respected. The Ku Klux Klan states they are based on Christianity and uses such symbols as the flaming cross....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol Karlsen

- The Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol Karlsen Carol Karlsen was born in 1940. She is currently a professor in the history department a the University of Michigan. A graduate of Yale University (Ph.D, 1980), she has taught history and women’s study courses at Union College and Bard College. In this book Carol Karlsen reveals the social construction of witchcraft in 17th century New England, and brings forth the portrait of gender in the New England Society. The books thesis is based on why a person was accused of being a witch and the relative circumstances thereof....   [tags: Papers]

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Plants and Superstitions

- Plants and Superstitions For many years plants have played a large part in superstitions. Although, they are not so much believed now, as they used to be. They were used to help one's fortune, wealth and fertility. It is amazing that bread was ever eaten; there were so many superstitions about it. It was used to aid in all of these things and many more, It is ironic, however, that the one thing they worshipped and used to keep harm and disease away made them ill and killed some of them. When all of this happened they blamed another superstition, which was witchcraft....   [tags: Botany]

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Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - Goody Cloyse and Catechetical Ministry

- “Young Goodman Brown,” Goody Cloyse and Catechetical Ministry         This essay intends to compare the author’s disparaging slur of Goody Cloyse, Puritan catechism teacher, Deacon Gookin and the minister – all of whom are catechists - in “Young Goodman Brown,” with “In Support of Catechetical Ministry - A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops” from June of 2000.   The influence of Puritan religion, culture and education is a common topic in Nathaniel Hawthorne's works. Growing up, Hawthorne could not escape the influence of Puritan society, not only from residing with his father's devout Puritan family as a child but also due to his study of his own family history.  The first of his a...   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]

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Human Nature in Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong and Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Human Nature in Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong and Arthur Miller's The Crucible Both The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, and the novel, Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks, are pieces of literature based around historical events. Miller's play is set during the Salem Witch trials of 1692 and Birdsong concentrates primarily on characters involved in the First World War which took place from 1914 to 1918. Both of these periods in history are examples of times when human beings have displayed the darker side to their nature: the capacity to kill....   [tags: Faulks Birdsong Miller Crucible Essays]

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The Nuremberg Trials

- The Nuremberg Trials On June 22, 1945 representatives from France, Great Britain, Russia, and the United States started to plan the prosecution of the main Axis war criminals. These representatives had to establish a fair way of trying the criminals because the world had never seen a situation like the one at hand. The result of the meeting was the International Military Tribunal. The Tribunal’s constitution set forth the principles the defendants were subject to. The panel of Allied representatives decided to hold the trial in Nuremberg....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Scottsboro Trials

- The Scottsboro Trials Racism wasted the lives of nine young, black men. In a trial where the only plausible evidence proved their innocence, they were still convicted. They were accused of rape, but all it was was an accusation. There was nothing to back it up. They endured many trials almost all of which had prejudice juries. This is the story of nine young men who had little, and then had everything taken away from them. On March 24, 1931, nine black youths were accused of raping two white girls; Victoria Price and Ruby Bates....   [tags: Papers]

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John Proctor's Lack of Commitment to Humanity in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- John Proctor's Lack of Commitment to Humanity in Arthur Miller's The Crucible No person can completely steer clear of the trials and tribulations of his or her society. He who does may be vulnerable to serious allegations. If a man is to work well in his surroundings, he must partake in all aspects of his society or he is leaving himself open to unfavorable charges. In Arthur Miller's, The Crucible, John Proctor's lack of involvement in the Salem witch trials ultimately leads to his execution. John Proctor tries to avoid any involvement in the Salem witch trials....   [tags: The Crucible by Arthur Miller]

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Historical Interpretation

- Although the subject of a particular historical event is based on facts the truth remains that the story of history is largely subjective. Loewen points out that “textbooks in American history stand in sharp contrast to other teaching materials,” what he does not point out is why (387). In the educational areas of grammar and math the subject matter is based on hard evidence and irrefutable facts, which are not open to interpretation. The way we are taught about historical events and the situations surrounding them are majorly based on the views of individuals relating personal accounts of a factual event....   [tags: U.S. History ]

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The Scottsboro Trials

- Imagine being a black teenager in the south amid the great depression. It was hard enough for whites to find jobs during this time; I can’t even begin to fathom what it would be like being black seeking a job. Many blacks sought hoboing as a common pastime seeing it as an adventure to get them from one small job to another. And this is where the story of the Scottsboro Boys begins. Aboard a southern railroad car was a young black youth named Haywood Patterson. He clutched to the side of the car as it careened back and forth over the rusty tracks....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Nuremberg Trials

- The Nuremberg Trials The Nuremberg trial was built up to be the trial of the century. In the word's of Norman Birkett, who served as a British alternate judge: it was "the greatest trial in history" . The four most intriguing characters of this trial were of vast contradiction to each other; there was Herman Georing the relentless leader, Joachim von Ribbentrop the guilty and indecisive follower of Hitler, Hjalmar Schacth the arrogant financial wizard of the Rich and Albert Speer the remorseful head of armament and munitions....   [tags: Papers]

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Power Corrupts

- 1. Spectral evidence was used in the Salem witch trials to aid in the conviction of so-called “witches”. It has been said that if someone is a witch, they could inflict pain upon someone without showing that they are. Instead, the accused witch would send an evil spirit to do the harm. Only the ones making the accusations could seethe spirit and feel what it was doing, During the McCarthy period of our nation's history, accusers didn't exactly use spectral evidence, but they did use a type very similar to it....   [tags: American Literature]

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Puritan Depravity and Distrust in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

- Puritan Depravity and Distrust in Young Goodman Brown          Puritan doctrine taught that all men are totally depraved and require constant self-examination to see that they are sinners and unworthy of God's Grace. Because man had broken the Covenant of Works when Adam had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, God offered a new covenant to Abraham's people which held that election to Heaven was merely a possibility.  In the Puritan religion, believers dutifully recognized the negative aspects of their humanity rather than the gifts they possessed....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]

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Lessons Learned from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Lessons Learned from The Scarlet Letter       The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is considered by many to be a classic novel. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne provides his audience with a real sense of the consequences of unconfessed sin, isolation from society, and the presence of evil everywhere. Through his portrayal of the main characters, his choice of setting, and his implied moral lessons, he teaches lessons that must be learned for humans to continue living in harmony with one another....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Witchcraft of the Past

- Witchcraft of the Past What images does the word "witch" create in a person’s mind. Most people would tend to think of an old woman wearing a black, cone-shaped hat, with a large mole on her face, and perhaps flying on her broom. This is the stereotype of witches, and although some witches of the past may have fit into this category, one must remember witchcraft is a religion with a variety of followers. On the Covenant of the Goddess website, the basic philosophy of witchcraft is stated in one simple sentence: "Our religion is not a series of precepts or beliefs, rather we believe that we each have within ourselves the capacity to reach out and experience the mystery – that feeling of ine...   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Psychological Disorders

- There are multiple criteria that come into play when determining a psychological disorder. One reason is because, it is hard to know for sure if an action is abnormal or not. Something could be abnormal in our country, but a custom in another. According to Psychology in Action, “[r]ather than being fixed categories, both “abnormal” and “normal” behaviors exist along a continuum, and no single criterion is adequate for [i]dentifying all forms of abnormal behavior” (Huffman). There are four criteria used to determine whether behavior is abnormal....   [tags: Psychology, Behavior]

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- Arthur Miller's The Crucible Reputation. Reputation is the general opinion of either a private or public group of people or all people involved in a position of anything relevant to a situation. For example, a great reputation in a sport will get you either paid more or chosen for a better team. Reputation is an important issue in much of everything....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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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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John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible deals with witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts which shows utter chaos and hysteria in the town. Many were accused of witchcraft and died because of lies. Elizabeth Proctor was one of many who were accused. She was accused by Abigail Williams, the person whom Elizabeth fired for cheating with her husband, John Proctor. John was a well respected farmer in Salem, who was outraged when Elizabeth was arrested for accusations of using witchcraft. John and Elizabeth were approached by Reverend Hale, a supposed expert with witches, in front of their house, to warn them about Elizabeth being mentioned in court and to ask about their Christian faith....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Importance of Religion to the Community of Salem

- The Importance of Religion to the Community of Salem The puritans led a very simple but hard lifestyle. When they weren't working they were in church or praying, which gave them little, if any time to socialise and enjoy themselves. They led their whole life trying not to break any of the Ten Commandments set by God in The Bible. In 1630 the puritans were still living in Britain under the reign of Charles I. They wanted to leave because they were being persecuted for their religious beliefs by the English church....   [tags: Papers]

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Look closely at the meeting between john proctor and Elizabeth proctor

- Look closely at the meeting between john proctor and Elizabeth proctor in the prison in act 4. In what ways does it show their relationship to have changed from earlier in the play. How does Miller make this episode both moving and tragic. Miller saw a connection between the Salem witch trials in the 17th century, and the McCarthy trials of the 1950’s. What he wrote about was based on theory, which is linked to the 1950’s trials. Miller is using the Salem witch trials to criticise the American society....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- The Crucible by Arthur Miller "Societies often tend to suppress individual freedom in order to maintain social order" 'Examine the key characters and their beliefs in The Crucible in the light of this statement' A crucible is a vessel in which metals are heated, melted down and purified. The play 'The Crucible', by Arthur Miller shows a community, which ignites and burns with the accusations of witchcraft, mass hysteria and retribution. Set in the small town of Salem Massachusetts in 1692, it explores the struggle of one man with his conscience and his eventual purification....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Mass Hysteria

- The play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller was written in response to McCarthyism in the 1950’s. In 1692 and 1693 the Salem witch trials took place in Salem Massachusetts. Girls believed to be involved in witchcraft were responsible for these trials. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s senator McCarthy came to office. Senator McCarthy and some of his allies were responsible for hysteria in the United States of America in the 1950’s. The scare was also in result of a communist scare after World War II and leading to the cold war....   [tags: Cultural Injustice]

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Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

- In 1835, Nathaniel Hawthorne published the tale of “Young Goodman Brown,” a tale that illustrates many configurations of symbolism used to leave the reader planting the pieces together through his characteristics of detail and imagery. Hawthorne’s prime analogy expressed throughout this tale is the loss of vulnerability and pureness when reaching maturity. The setting of Young Goodman Brown is in Salem, where the Salem witch craft trials were held in the 1600’s. This is the first symbol Hawthorne uses throughout the story as a test of who is innocent at this present time and who is not just as they did during the witch trials....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown, 2014]

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Comparing Vinegar Tom C. Churchill and The Crucible A. Miller

- The Crucible is a naturalistic play by Arthur Miller set in a town called Salem and based on true events. The play inspired by the Salem witch trials shows Miller’s personal views and many popular views on McCarthyism. The naturalistic style of the play evokes the audiences emotions and allows the audience to sympathise with the characters. The play also has a sense of realism, illustrating the social and domestic problems of everyday life. The main character John Proctor was said to be a reflection on the situation Arthur Miller saw himself in and portrays many of the emotions he had the time from the McCarthy trials....   [tags: Caryl Churchill Arthur Miller]

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Oppression in Diversity

- Oppression in Diversity Diversity has caused problems ever since the first Europeans landed in the West Indies and up in till present day. Every Meeting between different races, different cultures, and different skin colors has made people see diversity among each other. Diversity has caused people to kill, to conquer, and to destroy. The fact that diversity is apart of the United States of America has made this country as great as it is today. Diversity in America started in 1492 between the newly arriving Spaniards and the native Americans....   [tags: Papers]

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Profile of Reverand John Hale in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

- The tragic tale of the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts was re-written by Arthur Miller in the form of the play “The Crucible”. The trials have been studied to figure out what really happened, but no one will ever know since it happened decades ago. The play is the closest reenactment we have to help us see how people could have reacted to life. “The Crucible” shows how using others as a cushion to keep from being punished can go extremely bad. Amidst all the chaos a man by the name Reverend John Hale came to help but ended up with making it a huge amount worse....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Crucible - Was The Mass Hysteria Necessary?

- In The Crucible, there was a lot of senseless behavior. The purpose of The Crucible is to educate the reader on the insanity that can form in a group of people who think they are judging fairly upon a group of people. Judge Hawthorne believes what he is told by certain people is the truth even if little evidence is to be shown. The young girls with Abigail convince Hawthorne of others being witches so that Abigail can get what she wants, John Proctor, also so that Abigail does not blackmail the girls....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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Analysis of Human Perception

- When it comes down to our understanding of the world it is ultimately the result of our sensual means of perception. In other terms, can we really trust the truth, or anything that we know of scientifically. What does it mean to know something is true and also why it is important to distinguish between what you know and do not or cannot know. It is very difficult to be able to believe everything you hear, unless you experience it for yourself. Let?s say the perception is like viewing through goggles....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Partial Responsibility of the Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- It is the purpose of this assignment to explore whether the witches influenced Macbeth sufficiently to cause him to commit murder, treason and regicide, or whether Macbeth was capable of committing these crimes on his own and the witches only made this happen a little earlier and a little more certainly. We will also explore the Elizabethan audience, their superstitions, and how they would react to the character of the witches as seen in Macbeth. Historically, the witches have been seen as evil beings that gain evil powers from the devil to use during their lifetime, in return for their souls when they die....   [tags: Shakespeare Character Witch]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a Greek Tragedy

-             When Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in 1953, America was in a state of unrest.  Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee were spreading fear and hysteria with their Communist “witch hunts.” Miller wanted to address the subject in a way that would not blatantly denounce the hearings, and with his previous knowledge of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, he created an allegory, and The Crucible was born.  By examining the universality of the theme of the play and its tragic elements, it will be apparent that The Crucible is Arthur Miller’s greatest achievement....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible 2014]

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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

- 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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An Overview of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"

- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was one book out of a collection that reveals The Chronicles of Narnia. It was written by Clive Staples Lewis, better known as Jack Lewis. In this story, Lewis uses his characters to address several key points of interest such as: betrayal, forgiveness, and pride. Lewis uses these key points to reflect on Christian themes. This essay will compare "Deep and Deeper Magic from the Dawn of Time", the significance of the cracking of the Stone Table, and the role playing of prophecies....   [tags: Book Reviews]

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The Numerberg Trials: A Victors Justice

- The Numerberg Trials Were Unfair After World War II, the victorious Allies decided to hold a trial for the defeated Nazis. These trials lasted from November 20, 1945 till October 1, 1946. Although the victors claimed that they would give the accused a fair trial, upon closer inspection we can see that in reality, these trials were biased and were a “victor’s justice.” After the war, each of the Allies leaders had their own idea for how they should deal with the Nazi’s. Stalin suggested that they should have trials, but here everyone is guilty and afterwards is shot....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Trials of Howard Roarke

- THE TRIALS OF HOWARD ROARK I. INTRODUCTION There are some literary beginnings so well-known as immediately to call to mind the books in which they appear: “Call me Ishmael”;1 “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times”;2 and, increasingly, “Howard Roark laughed.”3 So begins the novel, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Published in 1943, The Fountainhead continues to sell 100,000 copies a year.4 For millions it provides the introduction to a philosophical/social movement known as “Objectivism.” It has been suggested that Objectivism provided intellectual grounding for the decline of left-liberalism and the expanding influence of a libertarian shift in American culture.5 Yet despite...   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Trials after the Holocaust

- Trials after the Holocaust The Holocaust had lasting effects on the relationship between the individual and society. Society put individual Nazis on trial for the actions they took in the Holocaust during World War II. The main trial was the Nuremberg trial and there were other subsequent trials as well. These trials were essential in showing the concern that justice and fairness should prevail for the victims. Therefore, the trials that took place after the Holocaust, especially at Nuremberg, involve and impact society as well as the lives of many people....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Salem Power Plant

- The Salem Harbor power plant is a serious threat to the public health – and it may only get worse. There is a severe concern about toxic air emissions from the prior waste disposal practices. That is why Bush’s energy plan doesn’t quite work. In the Salem Evening News it says that, “The Bush plan only pays lip service to the threat of global warming, the greatest environmental danger of our time.” (Kert Davies) The Bush plan may of solved the threat of global warming, but in reality Pollution from oil- and coal-burning power plants kills more people in Massachusetts every year than homicides and drunken driving combined....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Witches Children

- Witches Children For the month’s reading assignment I read the historical novel called Witches Children: A Story of Salem by Patricia Clapp. Although at times it was somewhat repetitive and the characters under-developed, it was historically accurate and deepened my understanding of the witch trials to a greater extent. When we were assigned the reading based on this topic, it mentioned the victims (usually young girls) who were thrown in convulsions and visions of witches. The book raised these “victims” to a much more personal level....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Crucible

- There is not one person in the world that does not have conflicts. The thing that makes conflicts different is the way that they are solved. The play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. In the play, John Proctor, a main character in the play, had many conflicts which eventually led him to his tragic death. He had conflicts with three characters in the play including his wife, Elizabeth Proctor. He also had a conflict with his ex-servant girl, Abigail....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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Giles Corey

- Giles Corey was a successful farmer and an active member of the Salem church, but this reputable model citizen was not looked lightly upon when the word “witch” started floating around. In April of 1692, Ann Putnam, Jr., Mercy Lewis, and Abigail Williams pointed a scornful finger at Giles. Ann said that Corey supposedly came to her on the 13th of April and asked her to write in “the devil’s book.” She later said that a ghost came to her, asking to be avenged against his killer, Giles Corey. Corey and his wife, Martha were good friends of the Porter family....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Hysteria

- Hysteria is a very unique and abnormal mental disease. What makes it so interesting is that it causes physical symptoms that someone would not normally experience. &#8220;Mental conflicts are unconsciously converted to symptoms that appear to be physical, but for which no organic cause is found';(Hysteria 1). One major outburst of hysteria occurred in 1692, resulting in the deaths of twenty-four innocent lives. &#8220;By the time hysteria had spent itself, twenty-four people had died';(TWHSTSV 2)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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